Back in circulation
Weekly Briefing is back after this week, after a two-week, end-of-the-year hiatus.
Voter Information on the way to you
The U.S. Postal Service on Monday should begin delivering Voter Information guides to all Biloxi residents, the first step in the city’s outreach effort to publicize the ’05 municipal government party primaries and general election.
Voters may find themselves in new wards or voting at new polling places since these elections will reflect the east-to-west-to-north population shifts the city has seen in recent years, as well as the growth with the Wells Ferry area becoming part of the city.
Municipal Clerk Brenda Johnston explains the process in the mailout, which also includes key election dates, a list of polling places and a citywide ward map.
You can see it all now online, by clicking
City Council next meets Jan. 18
The Biloxi City Council -- which started off the year with a soulful invocation by Rev. Mark A. Smith, youth minister at Family of Faith Christian Church – has its next meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 18 at 1:30 p.m.
Council members have also called a special meeting later that afternoon to discuss the financial report from FY ’03, which ended Sept. 30, 2003.
At the Council’s first meeting of the year, which took place Jan. 4, councilmembers unanimously approved measures to allow the Isle of Capri’s new gaming barge and the re-location of Boomtown 300 feet from its current waterfront location on Bayview Avenue.
To see the complete agenda and resolutions, all of which were approved by the council, click
The agenda and resolutions for the Jan. 18 meetings will be posted Friday, Jan. 14.
State of the City seats in the mail
Members of the Biloxi Bay Chamber of Commerce are now receiving their invitations to the Jan. 31 chamber-sponsored luncheon at the Beau Rivage Resort & Casino, where Mayor A.J. Holloway will present the annual State of the City address.
The affair, which is open to the public, is typically presented to a sold-out audience. For ticket information, contact Susan Hunt via e-mail or at 435-6149.
By the way, you can get a recap of previous State of the City addresses by clicking
Weekend entertainment: Cowboys and comedians
This weekend, you’ll find comedians James Gregory at the Grand in Biloxi and Jeff Corley at the Imperial Palace. And for those heading west, as in west Biloxi, the Professional Cowboy Championship Finals are taking place at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum,
Find our more about these events and others taking place this weekend in the Mississippi Gulf Coast Convention and Visitors Bureau listings. To read them, click
News and notes
MLK on the way: Biloxi’s huge Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. celebration is just around the corner – Monday, Jan. 17, in fact. You’ll see Mississippi Valley State and a host of regional and local marching bands involved in the downtown parade and Yankie Stadium affair. More info will be e-mailed next week. Meantime, to see photo’s from last year’s big celebration, click
Mardi Gras bleachers: As Christmas trees were coming down inside City Hall and the Biloxi Library this week, Mardi Gras bleachers were going up outside the two downtown Biloxi buildings. Information is in the process of being updated in the city’s online Mardi Gras Central in the next several days. To see what’s posted now, click
More online info: To see the latest Traffic Update, click
here. To listen to the weekly City Desk program, click