Deadline arrives for municipal candidates
A host of candidates has been qualified by their respective party executive committees for the upcoming Biloxi elections, but two candidates, an independent in Ward 5 and a Democratic hopeful for mayor, had yet to be qualified Friday afternoon.
Some offices will see candidates facing off in the May 3 party
primaries and others will not actually be vying for votes until the June 7 general election.
Here is a list of those
who have been qualified at 5 p.m. today:
1: Republicans Arlene Canaan and Timothy P. Kottemann, and Democrat George
2: Democrats Eric Dickey, Johnnis Ross and William “Bill” Stallworth,,
and Republican Gary Toncrey Kennedy.
3: Democrat David Nelson Carver and Republican Charles T. Harrison Jr.
4: Republicans Mike Fitzpatrick and Dianne G. Harenski.
5: Republicans Kevin M. L'Adnier and Tom Wall.
6: Republicans George A. Fassitt, Edward “Ed” Gemmill, Donald Marie Sr.,
and Tammy Saxon.
7: Democrat Hewitt P. Barton and Republicans David Fayard, Ron Harmon
and David “Dave” Seymour.
You can read more about
the upcoming elections in the Voter Info section of the city web site. To go
Firefighters now in
new East End station; Oaklawn next
Firefighters in east Biloxi
this week moved into their new digs, a new East End Fire Station, and those
on duty in the Woolmarket area are expected to move into a new station on Oaklawn
in the next week or so..
The 6,882-square foot stations,
which were designed by architect Mark Williams of Williams and Associates, PA
of Biloxi, are similar in appearance. They are designed to withstand 155 mph
winds, sleep up to eight firefighters, and feature two drive-through engine
The stations, built for
about a million dollars each, also employ state-of-the-art electronic communications
systems and have uninterrupted power supply systems capable of fully powering
each station in the event of an emergency.
Dedication ceremonies for
both – Station 2 on East End and Station 9 at Oaklawn -- are in the works,
according to Fire Chief David Roberts, who said neighbors at each have already
offered to help with arrangements.
To see photos of the new
East End station and to see photos from this week’s City Council meeting,
Weekend preview: Willie,
Charlie, and a boatload of events
Willie Nelson, The Charlie Daniels Band, Cowboy Mouth and Carrot
Top are among the headliners in town this weekend, and there’s a huge
boat show underway at the Coast Coliseum.
To read more about the weekend’s entertainment lineup,
thanks to listings from the Mississippi Gulf Coast Convention and Visitors Bureau,
News and notes
- City Council:
The Biloxi City Council’s next scheduled meeting is Tuesday, March 15
at 1:30 p.m. at City Hall. The agenda for the meeting will be posted online
a week from today. ”
- Golden opportunity:
Parks and Recreation Director Nathan Sullivan says the city will open bids
March 16 for installation of granite tablets that will line the pedestal of
the Golden Fisherman statue at Point Cadet. Sullivan updated Mayor A.J. Holloway
on landscaping plans for the site, as well as the granite slabs, which will
bear the names of families involved in the Biloxi seafood industry and names
of Shrimp Festival royalty dating back to 1948. Sullivan hopes to have elements
of the site work in place for the Blessing of the Fleet weekend, April 29-May
1. To see the family names and royalty, click
- State of the
City update: Staffers at Knight-Abbey Commercial Printing and Direct
Mail are busily printing and bundling more than 27,000 copies of the annual
State of the City report, with plans to have it in the mail to Biloxians by
March 10. Of course, you also can see it now online by clicking
This week’s “City Desk” webcast includes information on
driving on wet roadways and updates on the zoning issues addressed in Tuesday’s
City Council meeting. To listen for yourself, click
- Job openings:
Among the positions the City of Biloxi is currently advertising to fill are
the positions of plumbing inspector and public safety technology services
supervisor. You can learn more about these positions and download applications,
- Traffic update:
Find out how roadwork might impact your driving this weekend in Traffic
Update, a status report of streets and drainage work throughout Biloxi. To
read it, and see MDOT’s two traffic cams in Biloxi, click
- Petit Bois drainage:
Public Works Director Richard Sullivan next week will hold a pre-construction
meeting with contractors who will soon begin work on a project to improve drainage
in the Petit Bois section of west Biloxi. The city has budgeted $897,000 for
the work. At the pre-construction meeting, Sullivan and contractors will review
expectations and timetables of the work. A postcard with details about the work
will be mailed to Rue Petit Bois property owners in mid-March.
- Welcome back:
Those who haven’t been receiving their Weekly Briefing regularly over the past
several weeks should notice more reliable service, thanks to upgraded delivery
programs that begin with this e-mail. Welcome back to the fold and check out
what you’ve been missing on the new-and-improved city web site. Click