They haven’t been open a full week yet, and even with 10 inches of rain just before last Saturday’s opening day ceremonies and 10 games called for rain after another downpour Wednesday, the new Little League fields at the Biloxi Sports Complex have hosted 55 games.
Twenty five games were played Saturday and a 10-game slate has been played each of the ensuing weekdays since, save for Wednesday’s inclement weather. Those games will be played Saturday morning beginning at 9.
Today’s 10 games, featuring T-ballers and Little Leaguers, begin at 5:30 p.m., and all play will probably not wrap up until 8:30 p.m. or so. Admission is free.
“The kids are getting used to the complex,” Greg Eleuterius, Biloxi’s athletics specialist, said this afternoon. “They remember which field to go to now. Most of them are still in awe at how nice everything is.”
Meantime, the city is pushing contractors to finish work on remaining aspects of the Little League complex, such as installing metal roofs for the stands.
Biloxi casinos pass billion-dollar mark in gaming-tax revenue
The Biloxi casino industry, which marks its 13th anniversary in August, reached a milestone with the most recent month’s state revenue report: a billion dollars have been paid in taxes on gross gaming revenue.
The report was published on the city’s web site Tuesday, and shows the breakdown in gaming revenue since Day 1 of legal gaming in Biloxi.
The bottom-line numbers on how the $1.01 billion has been divided since August 1992:
- State of Mississippi -- $659 million
- City of Biloxi -- $198 million
- Harrison County -- $74 million
- City schools -- $52 million
- County schools -- $26 million
For more on the gaming tax breakdown, and to see detailed monthly state and city reports, click here.
Sammy, Sinbad headline weekend
Sammy Kershaw and Sinbad are in the spotlight this weekend, and you’ll also find Spring Pilgrimage activities continuing along the Coast.
To check out the entertainment listings from the Mississippi Gulf Coast Convention and Visitors Bureau, click here.
Mayor talking Biloxi to several audiences
Mayor A.J. Holloway is talking Biloxi to an array of individuals and groups these days, and invariably the question comes up, regardless of the audience: “So what’s the city doing with all of the gaming revenue?”
Holloway’s answer usually starts with three words: “Just look around.”
Among those hearing about the Biloxi economy and state of the city were Las Vegas-based parent firms of Biloxi casinos, whom the mayor met with earlier this week; members of the Biloxi Regional Medical Center board, whom Holloway is briefing this weekend; and Phillip Mangano, President Bush’s point person on homelessness.
Mangano, head of the Washington, D.C.-based Interagency Council on Homelessness, dropped in on Holloway Thursday afternoon with Atlanta-based regional rep Michael German. Both thanked the mayor for making Biloxi the first city in Mississippi to accept a national challenge from President Bush to devise a plan to end chronic homelessness.
Holloway will also be updating those at Biloxi Chamber’s “Breakfast With the Mayor” Tuesday morning at 8 a.m. at Java Joe’s in downtown Biloxi.
So what’s the mayor talking about to these folks? An array of municipal projects and issues. To read parts of his text, click here.
Police seek last-minute entries for Special Olympics golf tourney
Biloxi Police officers will be raising money for Special Olympics Monday with a golf-tournament at Grand Bear. You can hear more about the tournament – which offers $25,000 in cash and trips to Acapulco and Germany as hole-in-one prizes – in this week’s “City Desk” webcast, where you’ll also hear about a number of current issues.
To listen, click here.
Summer camp just around the corner
The Parks and Recreation Department is notifying parents that registration for the 2005 Summer Playground and Enrichment Program – known as “summer camp” in most circles – is just around the corner.
Campers from last year have already been given first options, and registration times and dates for others has been established, with Biloxi and Woolmarket residents getting first opportunities to sign up for the 700 spaces.
To read more about camp registration, which in the past has generated long lines of parents, click here.
News and notes
Safety seminar: Don’t forget to drop by the Lopez-Quave Public Safety Center this afternoon between 4:30 and 6:30 p.m. if you’d like to get inexpensive personal safety tips especially for seniors. The Biloxi Police and Fire Departments are conducting a free seminar during those hours.
Good timing: Community Development Director Jerry Creel, whose department has helped reduce flood rates for Biloxians by 15 percent in the past several years, has a reminder for weather-weary residents: Hurricane season starts June 1, and those looking to buy flood insurance should remember that flood-insurance policies take 30 days to become effective.
City Council: The Biloxi City Council’s next scheduled meeting is Tuesday, April 19 at 1:30 p.m. at City Hall. Look for the online agenda to be posted a week from today.
Traffic report: MDOT’s two Biloxi traffic cams seemed to be back in operation today. You can see them – and get the latest on road work from the Biloxi Public Works Department – in the daily Traffic Update. Click here.
Brown baggin’ it: Showboat, featuring Marsha (Mrs. Barry) Lyons and Mike Robertson, will entertain at Main Street Biloxi’s next brown bag lunch, which will be April 22 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Margaret Tremmel Peresich Park. To read more, click here.