Community Festival Against Crime is Saturday

The public will get a close-up look at the city’s emergency-response equipment, meet police officers and firefighters and receive safety tips on Saturday, when the Biloxi Police Department hosts its annual Biloxi Community Festival Against Crime.

The free festival will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Point Cadet Plaza.

“Our goal is to build neighborhood unity and pride, build and strengthen partnerships and bring awareness to the Neighborhood Crime Watch Program,” Police Chief John Miller said.¬† “We also want to provide information to residents of the many services and activities available in Biloxi.”

Visitors will have a chance to spend the afternoon learning about the police and fire departments, seeing their high-tech equipment, and learning how to avoid becoming a victim of crime and preventing fires in the home.

The family event will feature games such as a kids firefighter obstacle course, door prizes, giveaways, and free food.

Among the first responders participating in the affair are the Biloxi Police Department’s dive and rescue team, bomb squad, and the traffic, bicycle and canine divisions.¬† Members of the Biloxi Fire Department will also be showing off firefighter vehicles and equipment.
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Cruise back in time, to the Isle of Caprice

The Maritime and Seafood Industry Museum, which several weeks ago unveiled its exhibit about the storied Isle of Caprice, will celebrate the 90th anniversary of the island resort with a history cruise.

The Captain Pete passenger ferry will set sail from the Point Cadet Marina at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 9 and cruise the Gulf waters for three hours while passengers enjoy food, cocktails, live music and presentations.

The Isle of Caprice casino resort, which opened on May 30, 1926, sat on an island 12 miles off the coast of Biloxi.¬† The resort was constructed by Walter Henry “Skeet” Hunt and included a raised pavilion that housed a casino, dance hall, restaurant and bath houses.¬† Cabanas were also set up for overnight guests.

The island, three miles long and a quarter-mile wide, was a popular tourist attraction in the mid-to late 1920s before a fire destroyed the buildings and the island disappeared below the waters of the Gulf of Mexico.

Tickets for the cruise are $50 per person and available at the Maritime and Seafood Museum, 115 First St., Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Sunday, noon to 4 p.m. Seating is limited and tickets must be purchased by Saturday, Oct. 8.

An Isle of Caprice exhibit is currently showcased at the Museum through Nov. 15.
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News and notes

City council meeting: The Biloxi City Council approved measures this afternoon that would limit volume for live entertainment at city facilities, set minimum age requirements for those who could buy or sell fireworks, and an employee compensation package that will see the majority of city employees receive a 2 percent pay increase in the new fiscal year. To see images from the morning and afternoon council meetings, click here.

United in Blue tickets: Tickets are now on sale for the United in Blue benefit. The affair, taking place at the Golden Nugget on Nov. 19, will benefit the families of the fallen and injured police officers of Baton Rouge. To see the flyer, click here. Details: 228-385-3033