Celebrate coast history and culture Friday and Saturday

Biloxi has a long history filled with diverse culture and in celebration of the community’s history, the City of Biloxi and Preserve Biloxi hosts the Gulf Coast Historical and Cultural Exposition Friday and Saturday at the Biloxi Civic Center.

The free affair, taking place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day, is open to the public and will feature displays, presentations, demonstrations, lectures, films and performances by groups dedicated to the promotion of the history of Biloxi and the Gulf Coast.

The exposition, formerly known as Coast History Week, is being coordinated by the City of Biloxi, Mississippi Coast Historical & Genealogical Society, and Preserve Biloxi.

Among the groups scheduled to participate are the Slavonian Ladies Auxiliary, Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church – Saturday only, Gulfport Historical Society, Land Trust for the Mississippi Coastal Plain, Mississippi Gulf Coast National Heritage Area, Gulf Coast Design Studio, Beauvoir, Biloxi Cultural and Historical Society, Maritime & Seafood Industry Museum, Hancock County Historical Society, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Committee, Biloxi Public Library Local History & Genealogy Department, Preserve Biloxi, Hibernia Society, Singing River Genealogy-Local History Library,  University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast Library’s Gulf Park College for Women Archives, Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art  – Friday only, Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College  Jefferson Davis Campus – John Robinson-Brown Condor, Gulf Coast Heritage Tours – Disability Connection, and Biloxi Historical Society.
See the Gulf Coast Historical and Cultural Exposition flyer
See the lineup

City recognizes employees for service milestone

Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich recognized nearly two dozen employees for their years of service during a longevity awards presentation last week.

City employees who were commend for the milestone this quarter are listed below.

40 years of service: Patricia Rose, Community Development Department

35 years of service: Karen Brashier, Council Department

30 years of service: Jill Pol, Administration Department; and Julie Suarez, Community Development Department

25 years of service: Eric Nolan, Community Development Department; Glen Howe and David Williams, Fire Department; and Robert Brent, Police Department

20 years of service:John Lewis, Police Department

15 years of service: Tonya Hebert, Administration Department; Ronald Corso and William Thompson, Parks & Recreation Department; and Tommie King, Public Works Department

5 years of service:  Shawn Battise, Bryan Gipson, Morgan Howe, Jeremy Knapp, Richard Parker and Cameron Whiteside, Fire Department; Gregory J. Smith, Parks & Recreation Department; and Victor Tacorchick, Police Department.

The mayor presents longevity awards quarterly at a Biloxi City Council meeting. 
See images from council meeting

News & notes: Weekly report, podcast, council

The week that was: Last week, the Fire Department answered 134 calls for service, including 93 medical emergencies and seven fires; the Police Department handled 2,144 calls for service; the Community Development Department issued 47 building permits with a construction valuation of nearly $800,000; and the Engineering Department continued to progress on projects throughout the city.  To see the reports covering last week, click here. 

City Desk: The latest episode of the City Desk podcast, recorded Thursday at Biloxi City Hall, recaps spring break weekend and provides details about the upcoming Thunder over the Sound air show. To listen to the podcast, click here.

City council: The Biloxi City Council will hold two meetings today, a special called meeting at 10:30 a.m. to discuss short-term rentals, and a regular scheduled meeting at 1:30 p.m. To see the agendas and supporting documents, click here.