The march to Fat Tuesday
Mardi Gras shifts into high gear this weekend, with five
parades rolling in Coast cities Saturday and two on Sunday,
leading up to Fat Tuesday, when three parades will fill
the streets of downtown Biloxi.
Gulf Coast Carnival Association’s morning parade,
which begins at 11 a.m. Tuesday, will kick off the day
of parades in Biloxi, followed by the Krewe of Neptune
and the GCCA night parade.
You can read more in Mardi Gras Central by clicking
State of the City redux
Mayor A.J. Holloway will be amplifying his State of the
City message – that Biloxi “needs to keep doing
the things we’re doing” – when he appears
on “WLOX News This Week” Saturday at 6 p.m.
and Sunday at 10:30 a.m.
The mayor, incidentally, had so much information to include
in his 31-minute address Monday that he had to forgo his
practice of using a humorous anecdote to make his point.
Instead, for comic relief he turned to David Staehling,
whom he appointed as director of administration several
weeks ago. “I’ve know David most of my life,” Holloway
told the audience. “And I appointed him anyway.”
You can read more about the State of the City and hear
the speech for yourself online by clicking
A 12-page State of the City mailout also is in the works
for Biloxi residents.
Mardi Gras slows traffic, speeds up trash pickup
Biloxi police on Fat Tuesday plan to close the southbound
lanes of I-110 at the Division Street exit on Tuesday beginning
at 9 a.m. and U.S. 90 between Bellman Street and Gill Avenue
will be limited to two-way traffic on the highway’s
The traffic plan, which also shuts down most streets
in downtown Biloxi, will be in effect throughout the day
and until around 9 p.m.
By the way, to read Mardi Gras safety tips online, click
BFI, the city’s residential garbage firm, says it
will have its usual Tuesday garbage routes on Fat Tuesday,
but those on the parade route in Biloxi should move their
receptacles to the curb Monday night. Says BFI’s
Daryl Rutland, “We only anticipate slow downs on
the parade route, so we’ll run the parade route carts
before 6 a.m. Tuesday.”
A new-and-improved web site
A revamped and upgraded City of Biloxi web site was rolled
out without fanfare last week, in time for the State of
the City address.
Among the new features on the site – which keeps
the familiar biloxi.ms.us address (“www” is
not part of the address) – is an E-services section
that allows searches of county records databases. The site
also showcases a video – “Images of Biloxi – borrowed
from the Biloxi Bay Chamber of Commerce and Journal Communications.
Robin Lund of The Ad Group designed the graphics on the
new site, while consultant Renny Sherman worked out the
Tweaking of various sections will continue over the next
few weeks. Suggestions are welcome via e-mail.
News and notes
City Council: The Biloxi City
Council next meets on Tuesday, Feb. 15 at 1:30
p.m. at City Hall.
- Webcast: Gary Michiels has follow-up
questions about the State of the City address in
this week’s webcast, and Sgt. Jackie Rhodes
of the Biloxi Police Department has a few tips
for those planning to attend Mardi Gras. To listen,
Mardi Gras holiday:Non-emergency
city offices will be closed Tuesday in observance
of Mardi Gras, but will re-open for business on