Mayor A.J. Holloway and retired Air Force Gen. Clark Griffith, the city’s BRAC liaison, said they were encouraged after the city made its case during a presentation to a panel of three of the nine BRAC commissioners this morning in New Orleans.
Holloway and Griffith were part of a state delegation that included Lt. Gov. Amy Tuck and U.S. Congressmen Gene Taylor and Chip Pickering. Biloxi’s presentation accounted for 30 minutes of the state’s two-hour session.
“I felt that we sent a strong message and that message is that Keesler Medical Center is vital to Biloxi and the military community in general,” Holloway said this afternoon from New Orleans.
Said Griffith, whom Holloway made the city’s point person on BRAC two years ago: “I agree with Mayor Holloway’s assessment. What we did was exactly what we wanted to do: to put doubt in their minds. We had good dialogue with retired Brig. Gen. Sue Ellen Turner, who is the medical expert on the commission. Incidentally, her first assignment in the Air Force was at Keesler, so she’s familiar with the area.”
Now, Griffith said, the city must continue to make its case:“The commission will be forwarding its recommendations to President Bush in early September, so our job between now and then is to go to Washington and fill in any gaps where they may have questions or need additional data. We have a lot of work we need to do to lock this thing down.”
Bolton, ‘Cats’ and fireworks light up weekend
Crooner Michael Bolton, comedian Alan Black and a cast of “Cats” headline this weekend’s entertainment lineup, and the Casino Row fireworks will light up the sky on Sunday night.
For details on these and other events, courtesy of listings from the Mississippi Gulf Coast Convention and Visitors Bureau, click here.
City Council meets Tuesday afternoon
Five zoning issues – mostly residential cases – lead the agenda for the City Council meeting on Tuesday at 1:30 p.m. at City Hall.
To see the agenda and available resolutions, click here.
News and notes
Baseball tourney: The Big League Southwest Regional Tournament continues at the Biloxi Sports Complex, with games Saturday and Sunday, and the tournament championship scheduled for Monday morning. To read more about the tournament and find a schedule of results and upcoming games, click here.
Rhodes on the record: Sgt. Jackie Rhodes, public information officer for the Biloxi Police Department, guests with host Gary Michiels on this week’s “City Desk” webcast. Among the topics: radar patrols and National Night Out Against Crime. To listen to the program, click here.
Roads on the web: Speaking of radar patrols, you can read the Biloxi Police Department’s weekly radar schedule online in the Traffic Update, where the Public Works Department also provides a detailed report on how road work is impacting traffic. To read the Traffic Update, click here.