Author Archives: Vincent Creel

Biloxi A to Z: All the news that fits, no foolin’

The headlines, literally, in today’s 10-minute report: Traffic cones coming up next weekend on 90, a look at our most accident-prone intersections, Hollywood has its way with Biloxi, a First Friday preview, a breath of fresh air in the fire department, and some bloomin’ video.Facebook: See today’s videoYouTube: See today’s videoCOVID-19: By the numbersCommunity CalendarCity […]

AHRC meeting postponed until April 14

The Architectural and Historic Review Commission meeting scheduled for Thursday has been pushed back to April 14 to allow architects time to tweak plans for two beachfront hotels. In fact, says Community Development Director Jerry Creel, architects are working to incorporate additional historic features into the designs. The proposals, which would be on Beach Boulevard […]

More downtown living in the offing

Work is underway at the former Wells Fargo location downtown to transform the two-story building at Reynoir and Howard into residential units, The Bella. To date, the city has issued only a demolition permit, which allows developers to begin refurbishment. The work is one of the segments covered in this week’s A to Z video. […]

Gilich: A toll bridge too far

Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich has notified United Bridge Partners that there’s inadequate support in Biloxi for a new Popp’s Ferry bridge to include a toll, and that instead the city would focus efforts on replacing the bridge’s 40-year-old span. The mayor, in a letter sent this week to the Denver firm, said the city appreciates […]

A to Z: Rides down memory lane and more

This week’s Biloxi A to Z report includes a tribute to a Grand Lady of Biloxi, Gwen Hand Gollotte, there’s an update on the trying week on the I-110 and Popp’s Ferry bridges, college baseball is back at MGM Park next week, and today is First Friday. The report also includes the latest on COVID-19, […]

Fred flies high this month on BTV

Fred Haise had his day in Biloxi with the dedication of a nine-foot statue in his likeness, and videographer August Taconi captures all of the moments in a new special presentation airing this month on BTV. You can see the 50-minute presentation daily at 8 a.m., 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. on BTV: Biloxi Television. […]

It’s all over except for the cleanup

City crews today were picking up the pieces left behind by a Mardi Gras throng that police say numbered as many as 80,000 paradegoers. A team of Public Works laborers this morning began picking up the 2,200 barricades, hundreds of traffic cones, and tons of broken beads and other trash that littered the 2.8-mile route […]

Gulf Coast Carnival rolls Tuesday at 1

“Come early and plan to stay late,” Biloxi Police Chief John Miller advises those attending the Gulf Coast Carnival Association parade on Fat Tuesday in downtown Biloxi. “Traffic is going to be thick and slow-moving,” Miller said, “and if you park along the parade route, know that you’ll have to hang around a while after […]

Your guide to the parades and traffic

City crews continue to prepare for the upcoming Mardi Gras festivities happening this weekend, all leading up to the big day, Fat Tuesday. The most-telling signs of approaching parades, of course, are the barricades along downtown streets. This week, Public Works crews installed 2,200 barricades, 12,000 feet of rope and 500 rope poles, 300 traffic […]

Finally! Meet Fred on Sunday

Biloxi honors its most-famous native, astronaut Fred Haise, with the public dedication of an eight-foot statue south of the Biloxi Lighthouse Sunday afternoon at 1:13. The storied Apollo 13 astronaut, who turned 88 in November, will join Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich and sculptor Mary Ott Tremmel Davidson in unveiling the bronze likeness of a smiling […]

A to Z: Going downtown, to the moon and more

Biloxi A to Z: The latest on Ground Zero and other downtown development, your preview to the Battle of the Bands and other weekend affairs, thumbs up to a waterfront project on Back Bay, and doing the Moonwalk with Fred Haise. But there’s more.Facebook: See the videoYouTube: See the videoCOVID-19: By the numbers News & […]

See debut of Haise story Tuesday on BTV

A documentary that tells the story of a new Biloxi landmark being unveiled this month, the Fred Haise statue, makes its debut Tuesday on BTV, and the pace of work is picking up down at the site south of the Biloxi Lighthouse. Videographer August Taconi, who has chronicled the Fred Haise statue progress from Day […]

A to Z: The latest on All Things Biloxi

This week’s Biloxi A to Z report, a 10-minute compendium, has the inside story on sales and gaming taxes in Biloxi, your weekend preview and forecast, the latest on COVID, scheduling news from Amtrak and the City Council, and a visit to the soccer fields at A.J. Holloway Sports Complex.Facebook: See the videoYouTube: See the […]

Biloxi sees record-breaking sales-tax collections

“All the trends are in the right direction: Up,” says Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich after reviewing the record-sales tax collections in Biloxi for Calendar Year 2021. The city’s Community Development Department, which oversees construction, land-use and zoning, reported that Biloxi saw a record $13.8 million in sales tax collections from January to December 2021, with […]

State of City, MLK events postponed

Two upcoming city events of note have been postponed because of the spike in COVID-19 numbers. Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich announced Friday that the State of the City luncheon organized by the Biloxi Bay Chamber of Commerce has been postponed from Tuesday, Jan. 18 to Tuesday, April 19 at the Beau Rivage Resort & Casino. […]

A to Z: COVID, cooperation and a top cop

This week’s Biloxi A to Z video, published moments ago, has the latest on what the fifth wave of COVID means, an update on the city’s desire to build on the cooperative effort that has produced the U.S. 90-median upgrade and West Beach boardwalk, a Biloxi Police initiative to help tornado-ravaged Kentucky communities, and a […]

Cold-weather shelters to open Sunday

Harrison County, in anticipation of a freeze Sunday night, has announced that two cold-weather shelters will open on Sunday: – D’Iberville: Kenny Fournier Multipurpose Center, 10395 Automall Parkway, will open at 4:30 p.m.  – Gulfport: St. Peters By-the-Sea Episcopal Church, 1909 15th St., will open at 4 p.m. For more information, contact the Salvation Army […]

Replays of parades begin tonight on BTV

BTV: Biloxi Television has a wealth of new programming this evening from 8 to 9, including replays of Children’s Christmas parade and Christmas on the Water parade, two events that took place over the weekend. The Children’s Christmas parade, an 11-minute program, begins at 8 p.m., followed by the Christmas on the Water parade, a […]

BTV launches November lineup

“Sometimes we’re accused of having a fondness for history here in Biloxi, especially on BTV,” William Sackett intones on BTV this month. “We’re guilty as charged. We love our colorful history and we share it here regularly to educate, to inspire, to entertain.” Sackett’s voiceover introduces this month’s special presentation on BTV, yet another offering […]

City Council to eye new ward lines

The public tonight gets its first look at the newly proposed ward lines in Biloxi, which will be added to the agenda tonight and will take effect in the next municipal elections, in 2025. The ward lines are expected to be added to the agenda for the City Council meeting at 6 this evening. The […]

Biloxi draws a sign in the sand

Motorists on Irish Hill Drive may notice a half-dozen new signs declaring “No Littering/$450 fine.” The two-sided red-and-white signs are primarily near the CSX railway in the areas between Iberville Drive and Veterans Avenue. The city’s sign shop erected the signs last week at the direction of Mayor “FoFo” Gilich. “It takes five people to […]

Ida assistance center open through Nov. 20

The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency, with the assistance of the Harrison County Board of Supervisors, has opened an Assistance Center to help citizens with SBA and FEMA claims for damages from Hurricane Ida. The center, which is open through Nov. 20, is in the Harrison County Annex Building, 9229 U.S. 49, Gulfport. Hours are weekdays, […]

Biloxi chosen as state’s regional site for 2021 Veterans Parade

The Mississippi Gulf Coast Veterans Parade, which rolls Saturday in downtown Biloxi, has been recognized as a National Veterans Day Regional Site for the 14th year in a row by the Department of Veterans Affairs. There were 33 sites across the country that were chosen by the DVA’s Veterans Day National Committee, and Biloxi was […]

Talking trash: What you need to know

The city’s Clean Sweep initiative is done, but the work continues on citywide clean-up efforts. In fact, this month’s Biloxi newsletter, BNews, offers a refresher course for residents: what will be picked up, when it will be picked up, and how residents can make help it happen. Additionally there’s a reminder on policies involving trash […]

Cemetery tour revives at 5 this evening

The 15th Annual Old Biloxi Cemetery Tour takes its final bow this evening, with performances beginning at 5 and continuing until 7.  Sunday’s first run of the annual event saw brisk weather with about 750 touring the cemetery to see period-garbed local history buffs portraying some of Biloxi’s most colorful characters to life. “Feedback from […]

No surprise, Biloxi set gaming record in FY ’21

The city’s Fiscal Year numbers are in, and Biloxi casinos, with $100 million months in April and July, have posted a record-breaking year, with $1.02 billion in gross gaming revenue. Gross-gaming revenue is the amount of money that casinos pay taxes on. Biloxi’s eight casinos generated $1.02 billion in FY 2021, which runs from Oct. […]

Court gives green light to Veterans Avenue pier

A second court has rebuffed the position of Mississippi Secretary State Michael Watson, who had sued Biloxi and Harrison County over plans to construct a handicapped accessible public pier in West Biloxi. Harrison County Chancery Court Judge Jennifer Schloegel, in a ruling filed Monday, said the city and county are within their rights to construct […]

The inside story on Biloxi, A to Z

The headlines from today’s Biloxi A to Z report: – Get your stuff to the curb by Monday morning for Operation Clean Sweep, part of a citywide clean-up effort. – Court agrees with city and county on a huge new handicapped-accessible public pier at Veterans Avenue. – Weekend preview: Glorious weather for musical marching at […]

Do your part for ‘Operation Clean Sweep’

Biloxi will stage “Operation Clean Sweep” next week, and residents and business owners are being asked to do their part: Bring your yard debris, limbs and bagged leaves, to the curb for pickup. The city will deploy two additional large self-loading trucks and trailers, similar to those used after Hurricane Zeta, in a weeklong effort […]

Pelican running a day behind. Thank Ida

Garbage and recycling pick up will be on schedule this week, but the Harrison County Utility Authority reports that the trash pick up of limbs and other yard waste will be running a day behind because of increased volume. The utility authority says Pelican Waste and Debris, the contractor whose blue trucks pick up limbs, […]

Court has mixed ruling on spillway issue

Biloxi and other local governments can proceed with claims that opening Bonnet Carré harms fisheries habitats, but a federal court in Gulfport says it has no authority to compel a new Environmental Impact Statement to determine damages from the openings. “Without doubt, there have been recent, more frequent openings of the Bonnet Carré Spillway,” wrote […]

A to Z: Seafood, U.S. 90, Popp’s Ferry and more

Today’s A to Z video includes your weekend preview, a move to clean up high-profile areas in the weeks before Cruisin’ the Coast and thereafter, the latest on COVID-19, talk of a toll bridge, and a heads up on a few fee increases that you might not notice. Facebook: See today’s reportYouTube: See today’s reportCOVID-19: […]

Biloxi shows a decade of growth

Biloxi picked up nearly 5,400 residents in the past decade, a 12 percent increase, and more new residents than any other city on the Coast, according to numbers from Census 2020. The city had 49,449 residents on Census Day, April 1, 2020, up from the 44,054 residents in the 2010 census. The latest numbers, which […]

Biloxi A to Z and I: A recap and a preview

This week’s Biloxi A to Z has the latest on the Ida recovery, a message from Mayor Gilich, your weekend preview and more. Facebook: See today’s reportYouTube: See today’s reportCOVID-19: By the numbersSee the month’s BNews, with Community calendar

Biloxi supports two Ida relief efforts

Fire stations throughout the city will be accepting cleaning supplies and dry goods for Hurricane Ida victims in Independence, La. The fire stations will begin accepting items — but no clothing or money — Saturday at 8 a.m. Additionally, a team of volunteers from the Biloxi Fire Museum and Biloxi firefighters will be leaving Wednesday […]

Popp’s Ferry bridge, harbors open

The Popp’s Ferry bridge is now able to accommodate marine traffic, and Biloxi’s public harbors and marinas are now open to boaters who agree to sign a waiver upon return. “We’ve made initial inspections of the harbors and marinas,” said Port Division Manager Larry Sablich, “but for the time being those boaters who want to […]

Report any structural damage to city

Property damage from Hurricane Ida appears to be very limited after an initial windshield appraisal, says Community Development Director Jerry Creel, but businesses and residents are encouraged to report any structure damage caused by the storm. “We’re following through with our damage estimates, and we’re asking anyone with structure damage from the storm to call […]

City suggests evacuation of low-lying areas

Those in low-lying areas who feel vulnerable from the threatening weather should evacuate to higher ground, with friends, family or even in a storm shelter, the city is advising.  “We’re asking people to be prudent and safe,” Biloxi Fire Chief Nick Geiser said this afternoon. “The forecast is for the storm to grow into a […]

Mayor: Be prepared, be safe

Biloxi Public Works crews were picking up 1,250 traffic-control barricades along U.S. 90 this morning, as workers throughout city departments took steps to prepare for Hurricane Ida, which is expected to make landfall as a Category 3 hurricane sometime Sunday. Emergency managers say Ida is forecast to move northwest into the Gulf of Mexico tonight […]

Cones, barricades to be picked on U.S. 90

The prospect of a hurricane being in the Gulf of Mexico this weekend is beginning to impact some functions. Police this afternoon announced that traffic cones will not be used this weekend as part of the city’s special-events traffic plan, and, because of the threat of inclement weather, the Public Works Department on Friday morning […]

Evacuation recommended at public marinas, harbors

The Biloxi Port Division today “highly recommended” to boat owners that they relocate their vessels from the city’s public harbors and marinas. “We are currently monitoring the weather,” the email said, “but although evacuation is not mandatory at this time, it is highly recommended that vessels be relocated well in advance to safer locations in […]

A to Z: Latest on COVID, issues du jour

Hear the latest on spiraling COVID-19 numbers, the proposed $70 million city budget, an update on Oak Street work, and a weekend preview in this week’s Biloxi’s A to Z report.Facebook: See today’s reportYouTube: See today’s reportCOVID-19: By the numbersCommunity calendar

Caillavet crossing, Porter to close temporarily

Two north-south thoroughfares, Caillavet Street and Porter Avenue, and the western end of Division Street will be closed beginning next week. CSX will close the Caillavet Street rail crossing from Tuesday until Friday to allow crews to upgrade the crossing. The 12,000 motorists who use the Caillavet crossing should detour to Reynoir Street, a block […]

Gilich on AMR: ‘We’ve got to figure out a solution’

Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich was at the Harrison County Board of Supervisors meeting Monday, Aug. 9 to hear a report from AMR, the ambulance company whose response times in Biloxi for July averaged 25 minutes and in some cases, there was no response to calls. AMR representatives, who are under exclusive contract with Harrison County […]

BTV remembers Camille this evening

For years, the City of Biloxi would air the 1970s-era documentary “A Lady Called Camille” annually on Cable One to mark the anniversary of the storm and to help call attention to the dangers of storm and flooding. The city stopped airing the program in 2006, as a new city-commissioned documentary about Katrina took its […]

Fred moves eastward, toward panhandle

Tropical Storm Fred is expected to make landfall on the western Florida Panhandle sometime Monday afternoon or evening as a tropical storm, but Biloxi residents should know that some gusty winds and street flooding in low-lying areas could be possible. A Coastal Flood Advisory begins at 7 tonight and will continue through Monday. The official […]

Oscar Renda files $79 million suit

Oscar Renda Contracting, the Texas firm that in 2014 was awarded the contract for the $116 million North Project, and at one point had dozens of East Biloxi streets reduced to dirt, has filed a $79 million lawsuit against the city, alleging, among other things, that the engineering documents and plans for the construction were […]

Biloxi casinos hit it big in July: $106 million

Biloxi’s eight casinos won $106 million in July, the second largest month since legalized gaming began in the city 29 years ago, in August 1992. The gross-gaming revenue figure, the amount of money after gaming wins are paid, is second only to $111.2 million reported in April, three months ago. The month marked the sixth […]

Budget talks resume this afternoon

Budget discussions will resume this afternoon, with Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich and councilmembers expected to review water and sewer revenue and expenses, and budgets for the Community Development and Parks & Recreation departments. The public gathering begins at 1:30 at City Hall and will be carried by the LIVE channel on the city website. The […]

Gilich on AMR: ‘We’ve got to figure out a solution’

Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich was at the Harrison County Board of Supervisors meeting Monday to hear a report from AMR, the ambulance company whose response times in Biloxi for July averaged 25 minutes and in some cases, there was no response to calls. AMR representatives, who are under exclusive contract with Harrison County to provide […]

A to Z: Fireworks, finances and First Friday

Biloxi A to Z video today has a weekend preview — First Friday, two fireworks shows and more — plus the latest on the city budget talks, a look at fire chiefs today and yesterday, school’s back with class (and masks), and an important update on COVID-19.Facebook: See today’s reportYouTube: See today’s reportCOVID-19: By the […]

City seeks ‘safe, friendly and beautiful’ budget

Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich’s “safe, friendly and beautiful” credo, fueled by millions in federal COVID-19 funding to replace lost revenue, was the backdrop more than once this week when the mayor and councilmembers reviewed nearly $4 million in additional spending in three key city departments: Police, Fire and Public Works. Biloxi could have 16 new […]

Council meeting to observe social distancing

Those attending meetings of the Biloxi City Council today will notice a return to social distancing. Two meetings are scheduled – a 4 p.m. budget workshop and a 6 p.m. regularly scheduled meeting – and Chief Administrative Officer Mike Leonard says that social-distancing measures will be in place in the audience and among meeting participants. […]

Drivers, be careful at schools zones, bus stops

Public schools in Biloxi have their first day of class Wednesday, and school leaders and Biloxi Police are asking motorists to be careful near school zones, especially during mornings and afternoons. Between 5,500 and 6,000 students are expected in Biloxi’s public schools on opening day. The Biloxi Public School District operates five elementary schools, an […]

Your ideas on getting around are needed

A group of concerned citizens has teamed with local organizations to help foster walkable and bikeable places throughout Harrison County and they need your help to identify the areas. Through the Harrison County Active Living Initiative, the public is invited online to submit locations and ideas for making a safer transit for pedestrians and bicyclists […]

Finances dominate meetings Tuesday

City finances will be front and center Tuesday, with Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich and the Biloxi City Council reviewing FY 2022 spending plans in an afternoon meeting before the evening meeting where the city formally acknowledges receiving $6.5 million in state and federal COVID-19-related programs. Chief Administrative Officer Mike Leonard said the proposed budgets for […]

Council, Camille, cooking highlight BTV in August

Katrina became the new gold standard, no doubt, when the storm made landfall Aug. 29, 2005, but Mississippi filmmaker Rex Jones wanted to make sure the original monster storm, Camille, got appropriate due in 2019, when the killer storm’s 50th anniversary rolled around. All this month, the anniversary months of Camille and Katrina, the city’s […]

Geiser in line to be Biloxi’s new fire chief

Nicholaus Geiser, a 17-year veteran of the Biloxi Fire Department who currently serves as Deputy Chief of Management, is Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich’s choice for chief of the department. The appointment, which must be approved by the majority of the Biloxi City Council, is on the council’s agenda for Tuesday. Geiser, if approved, will replace […]

Tax-free shopping is this weekend

What timing at Edgewater Mall, a new 75-ton sand sculpture saluting the military is now completed inside the mall, just in time for Mississippi’s tax-free shopping. During the tax-free period, which actually begins at 12:01 a.m. Friday and ends at midnight Saturday, shoppers will not pay sales tax on clothing, footwear or school supplies if […]

Largest convention now in town

Leaders from cities and towns across the state are in Biloxi this week for the annual Mississippi Municipal League conference, which typically attracts 2,500 guests and is said to be the Coast’s largest annual convention. The three-day conference, marking its 90th year, is being held at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum and Convnetion Center. Among the […]

Fireworks on council agenda today

Members of the Biloxi City Council today will consider making fireworks legal in Biloxi on the Fourth of July, New Year’s Eve and in association with the annual Tet celebration. The measure, which first appeared on a council agenda in December, is one of three dozen issues on the agenda for the City Council meeting […]

Website gets faster, more responsive

With 28 gigabytes of content – photos, videos, podcasts, agendas and other documents, 6,000 posts in all – it’s an impressive archive, this city website, and now it’s operating at lightning speed, thanks to a new dedicated server. The site, at, had outgrown its previous server, which also housed several other websites that could […]

Boney rejected as fire chief; others OK’d

Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich has notified City Council President Paul Tisdale that Joe Boney will continue serving as fire chief until a new chief is in place. Gilich’s move comes after the Biloxi City Council on Tuesday overruled the mayor’s nomination of Boney. Under state statute, Gilich has 90 days to more forward with another […]

Two Biloxi parks to get Sparkling treatment

Two Biloxi parks will be getting new community gardens as part of the second annual nationwide Cheers to You Beautification Program sponsored by Talking Rain Beverage Co., the maker of Sparkling Ice beverages. The program will see the installation of community gardens at St. Mary’s Park and Savarro Park, and new playground equipment at St. […]

Mayor, council eye 2022 spending plan

The mayor and City Council, who launched their new terms earlier this month, have begun the process to craft a municipal budget for Fiscal Year 2022, which begins Oct. 1. A series of public work sessions will be held between now and September. Two budget meetings have taken place, a session where revenue projections were […]

CAO, department directors on hold

The Mayor and City Council launched their new four-year terms July 6, but the city’s chief administrative officer and department directors will have to wait until the council’s next meeting on July 20, to see if they are confirmed. Councilmembers, after a 40-minute closed session, voted unanimously to table the re-appointments of CAO Mike Leonard, […]

Mayor, council take the oaths of office

Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich, in an emotional oath of office and inauguration speech, was sworn in for the third time as Biloxi’s mayor, and oaths also were administered to members of the Biloxi City Council during a ceremony today at the Biloxi Civic Center. “This is a very special moment for me,” Gilich said at […]

And now, a wheely big weekend

It’s going to be a busy weekend, with Scrapin, the rain-delayed Juneteenth, and Shuckers baseball. In this week’s Biloxi A to Z report, Capt. Brian Dykes of the Biloxi Police Department has the story on what you can expect this weekend on U.S. 90, there’s also news of the Biloxi Police and Fire departments, the […]

Traffic will be Scrapin by this weekend

U.S. 90 motorists on Friday morning will see traffic cones in the center lanes of the highway from I-110 to DeBuys Road signaling the big news for beachfront motorists: Scrapin the Coast 2021 has arrived. Public Works crews will begin placing the cones in the early morning hours, beginning at 3 a.m. Barricades also will […]

Popp’s Ferry bridge to close Thursday

The Popp’s Ferry bridge, the two-lane West Biloxi artery used by 20,000 motorists on an average day, will be closed to vehicles Thursday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for repairs. The closure will allow city contractors to make adjustments to the alignment of the bridge’s span so it will open and close without malfunction. […]

Margaritaville to mark five years in festive fashion

Margaritaville, the family-style resort on Point Cadet, celebrates five years of fun Wednesday with a day of specials and capped off with a fireworks show over the water in East Biloxi. Games on the “gaming floor” will be half price all day long, and at 5 p.m. the first hundred guests 21 or older will […]

Boney to lead fire chiefs from 10 states

As many as 400 fire chiefs from across the Southeast will be in Biloxi this week for the annual conference of the Southeastern Association of Fire Chiefs, and the group will make history, with Biloxi’s fire chief being named the first Mississippian to head the organization. Biloxi Fire Chief Joe Boney, who has served as […]

Claudette: A modest rainmaker she was

From the beginning it was billed as a storm that would be mainly a rainmaker with the inevitable street flooding in low-lying areas, and Biloxi’s brush with Tropical Storm Claudette has been just that. Biloxi Emergency Manager Nick Geiser this afternoon reports that 14.99 inches of rain has fallen in Biloxi in the past 24 […]

Get ready for a wet, windy weekend

Know how to prepare for a storm? For useful advice, click here. Winds are already beginning to gust with intermittent rain as Potential Tropical Cyclone 3, which could become Tropical Storm Claudette, churns in the Gulf. In fact, outer edges of the storm are expected around noon today. Winds could reach tropical storm force, which […]

A to Z: Big weekend on tap, new pier in the works and more

Beachgoers and anglers can get their first look at new storm-resistant, handicapped-accessible pier in the works for West Biloxi in this week’s Biloxi A to Z report, plus a preview of the big events this weekend, the latest on COVID-19 vaccinations, and a moment of zen from Hiller Park. Facebook: See today’s reportYouTube: See today’s […]

Judge clarifies Secretary of State’s power in Veterans pier case

If there was a line that jumped out at Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich in an ongoing Tidelands debate between local governments and the Mississippi Secretary of State, it was this one: “To stagnantly hold tidelands is not always in the public’s best interest, nor is it responsive to the public’s trust.” The line, quoting from […]

Biloxians cast ballots Tuesday

The months-long municipal election process, which began in January with would-be candidates announcing their plans to run for office, comes to a close Tuesday with residents casting ballots for mayor and City Council at 10 precincts citywide. Contested races are taking place in Wards 1, 2 and 5, but all candidates, regardless of whether they […]

Storm season is here. ‘R U Ready?’

Hurricane season begins today and runs through Nov. 30, and a host of disaster-preparation and response authorities offer how-to advice in the new edition of “R U Ready?” on BTV, the city’s municipal TV channel. The 45-minute program, which airs at 7:45 each morning and evening on BTV, is designed to provide a broad base […]

A to Z: Get ready for a busy weekend

Today’s Biloxi A to Z report, a 12-minute compilation, has the traffic and weather forecasts, the latest on roadwork and synchronized seagulls in West Biloxi. Facebook: See today’s reportYouTube: See today’s reportCOVID 19: By the numbersCommunity calendar

Council to consider legalizing fireworks

Members of the Biloxi City Council on Tuesday will consider making fireworks legal in Biloxi on the Fourth of July, New Year’s Eve and in association with the annual Tet celebration. Currently, the shooting of fireworks is illegal in Biloxi, although fireworks sales are permitted from mid-June to the Fourth of July and from Dec. […]

It’s a Blessed weekend

One of city’s most cherished traditions, the Blessing of the Fleet, takes place this weekend in East Biloxi. The weekend-long celebration, which dates back to the Old Country, is highlighted by the Sunday afternoon blessing of a brightly decorated shrimping fleet to ask for God’s blessing for a safe and bountiful season. Several dozen shrimp, […]

State of the City 2021, Part II: The big news

Here is the prepared text of Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich’s 2021 State of the City presentation, delivered at the Biloxi Bay Area Chamber of Commerce luncheon on Thursday, May 20, 2021. To see the video, click here. Welcome. It is great to be live with you today once again, to let you know what’s happening […]

Biloxi A to Z: State of the City recap and more

Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich, appearing in today’s Biloxi A to Z report, amplified his message from the State of the City presentation Thursday: Biloxi is on a roll. Also in today’s eight-minute report: the sand storm on U.S. 90, opening of Shriners Boulevard and Fort Bayou bridge, remembering Robert McKeithen, a COVID-19 update, the weekend […]

Biloxi’s ‘secret’ has been discovered

By Andrew “FoFo” Gilich Mayor of Biloxi Biloxi’s casino industry shattered all gaming records for a single month in April 2021. Gross gaming revenue is net income on which casino’s pay taxes each month. Biloxi’s eight casinos generated $111 million in gross gaming revenue according to state records, eclipsing a $105 million record set in […]

Palazzo proposes McKeithen honor

Congressman Steven Palazzo (MS-4) has introduced a bill to designate the Biloxi’s downtown post office as the “Robert S. McKeithen Post Office Building.” The Biloxi police officer was gunned down outside the Lopez-Quave Public Safety Center on May 5, 2019. Officer McKeithen graduated from the University of Mississippi and went on to serve in the U.S. […]

Shuckers: The early take on the season

The Biloxi Shuckers are at MGM Park through Sunday, including a doubleheader this evening, and Garrett Greene, director of media relations and the voice of the Biloxi Shuckers, has everything you need to know about the team in today’s “Biloxi A to Z” report: The players to watch, the allure of minor league baseball, how […]

Shuckers begin home play Tuesday

The Biloxi Shuckers open the 2021 home schedule on Tuesday with a 6:35 p.m. game against the Mississippi Braves at MGM Park, and the Double A squad’s opener is going to be magnetic. Fans on opening night will receive a 2021 magnet schedule, presented by The Peoples Bank. It’s also the first postgame fireworks show […]

Biloxi A to Z: Traffic is picking up

The city hosted two public events this week, both well-attended, and there’s a block party this evening on the District Green. Today’s Biloxi: A to Z report has a quick review of the week, a preview of the weekend and the latest on what you need to know: Traffic and public activities are picking up.Facebook: […]

Fallen Officers, police honored on fateful day

“We are challenged every day to make sense or put things together that just don’t make sense,” Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich said to audience of law enforcers, community leaders and others gathered outside the city’s public safety center during a somber Fallen Officers Ceremony that took place steps away from where Biloxi Police Officer Robert […]

Cotton States Baseball League expands to Coast

More baseball is coming to Biloxi, with the Cotton States League expanding to a Coastal Division and playing games in June and July. The Coastal Division league will be offering a chance for up to 150 collegiate players to play for six to eight teams, with games being played at MGM Park, Biloxi High School […]

National Day of Prayer is Thursday

Biloxi’s National Day of Prayer, which takes place Thursday on the front steps of City Hall, will honor the late Carleen Hall, longtime organizer of the annual ceremony in Biloxi. The public ceremony, which runs from noon to 1 p.m., marks the 70th Mississippi National Day of Prayer. A host of community leaders and clergy […]

Police to remember McKeithen, other fallen officers

The Biloxi Police Department this week will conduct its Fallen Officers Ceremony and will host a blood drive in memory of an officer ambushed and killed in the front parking lot of the public safety center two years ago. The Fallen Officers Ceremony takes place Wednesday at 10 a.m. at the Lopez-Quave Public Safety Center, […]

Biloxians frame Mississippi past on PBS

An award-winning documentary that sheds light on Mississippi Governor Barnett’s behind-the-scenes posturing surrounding the enrollment of James Meredith to the University of Mississippi in 1962, the resulting riots on the Ole Miss campus, and the unlikely appearance by former Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy on campus four years later gets a national airing on PBS […]

Biloxi High named best on Coast, second in state

Biloxi High School is the best high school in south Mississippi and No. 2 in the entire state, according to U.S. News & World Report. The annual ranking is based on six factors: college readiness, reading and math proficiency, reading and math performance, underserved student performance, college curriculum breadth and graduation rates.  The methodology for […]

Chambers plan Breakfast, State of the City luncheon

Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich will provide updates on city projects and programs this week and in May as Biloxi’s two chambers of commerce will resume public gatherings as COVID-19 mandates have eased. The Biloxi Chamber of Commerce has a Breakfast with the Mayor gathering Thursday at 8 a.m. at the IP Casino Resort in Biloxi, […]

May newsletter arrives this week

The May edition of BNews Monthly will be arriving in all homes and businesses in Biloxi Wednesday and Thursday, with stories about the upcoming city elections, the city’s plans for golf carts on neighborhood streets, a preview of the Biloxi Shuckers season, and the early line on the 2020 storm season. Back in the Day […]

Biloxi A to Z: Here’s what’s happening

Headlines from today’s Biloxi A to Z report: — Golf carts, not just yet. — Rain, it was a bunch, but work has resumed. Before and after images. — Drugs. The cops want ’em on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. — COVID 19. Still out there. Get vaccinated. No charts today. — They’ll […]

Police want your unused, expired drugs

The Biloxi Police Department, in conjunction with the Drug Enforcement Administration, will be accepting unused, expired and unwanted prescription medication during Take Back Day on Saturday at the Lopez-Quave Public Safety Center. The public can drop off potentially dangerous prescription medications at the Biloxi Police Department, 170 Porter Ave. between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., […]

Rain wreaks havoc with road work

The torrential downpour on Thursday produced more rainfall than Biloxi typically sees the entire month of April, and the numbers for the month are already triple the amount the city normally sees. And more is on the way. According to the weather authorities at Keesler Air Force Base, more than 11 inches of rain have […]

Haise statue to land in Biloxi for birthday weekend

This week marks the 51st anniversary of Apollo 13’s launch, and the statue commemorating Biloxi native and Apollo 13 astronaut Fred Haise, which has faced challenges not unlike the space mission itself, is back on track toward a Nov. 13 dedication at its pedestal south of the Biloxi Lighthouse. A preliminary look at the statue […]

Biloxi A to Z: What drives the traffic plan

The ins and outs of the spring break traffic plan, the COVID-19 and vaccinations report and massive streets and drainage work on Shriners Boulevard and in East Biloxi top today’s Biloxi A to Z video report. Here, in broad, general terms are the “tipping points” of the spring break traffic plan, according to Capt. Brian […]

Cones will greet U.S. 90 drivers Friday morning

Motorists on U.S. 90 this week have been seeing metal barricades and orange traffic cones in medians of the beachfront highway, signaling the pending arrival of spring break. The gathering, loosely organized and sometimes promoted on social media as Black Spring Break, has attracted thousands to Biloxi this time each year, which means the city […]

Voting takes place Tuesday, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Biloxi voters will cast ballots in four wards in a Republican municipal primary election on Tuesday, and two seats, Wards 4 and 6, could be decided since the Republican nominees face no Democratic or Independent opposition in the June general election. Polling places will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. in Wards 1, […]

A to Z report: Ring, ring, it’s the police

The Biloxi Police Department has joined the Ring Neighbors social media app, meaning the department has a new way to engage with residents. The Ring Neighbhood service will allow residents, if they choose, to share images of criminal or suspicious activity with the police department, Biloxi Police Capt. Brian Dykes says in today’s Biloxi A […]

Elections and much more in April BNews

The big story in the April issue of BNews Monthly is that voters in Wards 1, 4, 5 and 6 will cast ballots in a Republican primary on April 6 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. In fact, an election preview, with a list of candidates and polling places for the four wards voting, is […]

Shriners Boulevard to close for huge drainage improvements

The huge drainage project that has been taking place along Woolmarket Road will cross Shriners Boulevard in April, prompting 11,000 motorists a day to detour off the major roadway north of Interstate 10. The $1.4 million project, which has seen new drainage lines installed along Woolmarket Road to Old Highway 67, will see Shriners Boulevard […]

Traffic highlights the news today

Woolmarket Road, where a massive city drainage project had forced detours, re-opened to motorists today, and there’s a host of other traffic news in today’s Biloxi A to Z report. You’ll also hear about the afternoon drive these days on I-110, news of an upcoming detour on Shriners Boulevard, the latest on still-dwindling COVID-19 cases […]

Sparklight launches fund to support nonprofits

Sparklight and other Cable One companies have announced the launch of the company’s Charitable Giving Fund, which will annually award $200,000 in grants to 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations across the company’s 21-state footprint. “We are committed to connecting customers in the cities and towns we serve to what matters most,” said Julie Laulis, President and CEO. […]

Fort Bayou bridge closes Sunday night

The Fort Bayou bridge in Ocean Springs is closing for 45 days beginning Sunday night, meaning I-10’s Exit 50 will no longer provide easy access to Biloxi. The bridge closes Sunday night at 10 for $20 million in repairs and is scheduled to re-open in mid-May. About 35,000 cars a day use the bridge. Biloxi-bound […]

B-Alert moving to new address. Sign up now

The city’s B-Alert texting system, where more than 10,000 people currently receive traffic advisories from the city, is moving to a new address, and users of the free service must sign up by texting BILOXI to 99411 to continue to receive alerts. The new address will replace the city’s 888-777 number, which had been used […]

Music, food usher in a new park downtown

Downtown Biloxi’s newest park, The District Green, is hosting an outdoor, open-space block party today and this evening through 9:30 to usher in the newest gathering space off the restored Howard Avenue. The gathering at Howard and Ohr Street began at noon with live music and food vendors, and it’s also taking place as Biloxi […]

Continue to be COVID prudent, mayor says

Those entering municipal buildings in Biloxi will continue to be required to wear face masks to help stem the spread of the coronavirus, and the city is joining Gov. Tate Reeves is asking people to continue wearing face coverings when near others. Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich made the announcement today, a day after the governor […]

New info, local color march forth in latest BNews

Five new developments in downtown Biloxi, the latest on the Biloxi Shuckers, changes coming to the Biloxi Water Department, and the names of the candidates in upcoming city elections are among the topics in the upcoming edition of the citywide newsletter. The March issue of BNews Monthly will be arriving in homes and businesses across […]

Oak Street crossing to close for maintenance

CSX has announced that the Oak Street rail crossing will be closed Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday so the rail company can perform maintenance at the crossing. Those traveling Oak Street, where infrastructure work is already underway south of the railway, instead should use Crawford Street or Division Street. The temporary closing of the rail crossing, […]

Biloxi A to Z: Shuckers, weekend preview and more

Hunter Reed, general manger of the Biloxi Shuckers, appears on today’s Biloxi A to Z report to discuss the Double-A baseball team’s upcoming season. Also in the report: the latest on COVID-19, vaccinations and a weekend preview.Facebook: See today’s reportYouTube: See today’s reportSee the overall tracking chartSee the daily comparison chartSee the Harrison County 14-day […]

Voters in four wards to cast ballots

It’s municipal election year in Biloxi, and four of the seven City Council seats are being contested in the upcoming April 6 party primaries. Republican and Democratic Executive committees today announced the qualified candidates to Biloxi Municipal Clerk Stacy Thacker. Incumbent Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich and Councilmembers Dixie Newman of Ward 3 and Nathan Barrett […]

Biloxi A to Z: Welcome to Fat Tuesday

How about some good news on Fat Tuesday? The COVID-19 numbers are showing a downward trajectory in new cases (a 50 percent drop over the past two weeks) and hospitalizations are trending downward. The parades also are rolling in today’s “Biloxi A to Z” report, and temperatures will be well above freezing, with sunshine on […]

Take steps to prepare for hard freeze

 Biloxi Police Chief John Miller vividly recalls the time a few years ago when freezing conditions closed bridges into Biloxi.  “I was approaching the I-110 over Back Bay,” Miller said, “and even before I got to the incline, I could feel that I was losing a slight bit of traction, and at the other ramps, […]

Biloxi A to Z: Weather warning, road work, COVID and more

A flood warning has been issued for the Biloxi River, where the river is expected to crest nearly a half foot above flood stage, at 12 feet 5 inches after midnight tonight. Emergency managers remind those living near the river to take appropriate measures to protect life and property, and to monitor weather updates. The […]

Gilich: We dare to have a vision and a plan

“There’s no doubt we like to have fun when we can,” Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich said of Thursday night’s premiere of the 2021 State of the City, “but I hope people also took note of the tremendous program of work and promise that we have here in Biloxi.” During the 26-minute presentation, which is available […]

SOTC 2021: We dare to have vision and a plan

Here is the text of the 2021 State of the City presentation that was published online on Tuesday Feb. 11, 2021. To see the video, click here. Cold opening (Phone trilling) Vincent Creel. Yes, it’s Vincent. Mayor: Tokyo Rose. This is your mayor. VC: Yes, master. Mayor: I’m still not comfortable having 500 people in […]

State of the City premieres at 8 p.m.

“2020 will be the year of COVID, but Biloxi will not be defined by a virus,” just as the community was not defined by any hurricane or other disaster, Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich declares in the annual State of the City presentation, which makes its online debut this evening at 8. The 26-minute presentation uses […]

SOTC 2021: What you didn’t hear

It happens every year. Either because of continuity, timing or “whatever,” as Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich might say, a number of words do not make it into the State of the City presentation. This year was no exception. “It’s not that these things are not important. They are,” Gilich said. “Our issue is that we […]

Biloxi A to Z: Elections, pandemic and more

The city’s 2021 elections have a milestone today, with the 5 p.m. deadline of would-be candidates to file their intent with Municipal Clerk Stacy Thacker. Party primaries — where voters must vote in either a Democratic or Republican primary — will be Tuesday, April 6, and winners of the respective primaries and any independent candidates […]

Build or mend your fences correctly

Good fences make good neighbors, someone once said, and the city wants to make sure any new fencing or repairs in the works are permitted and are built or repaired to code. The city’s Community Development Department is reminding those replacing or repairing fences to obtain a required permit from the city, which is free […]

BTV looks back at Nichols, OMS

The graduates of two Biloxi schools, one public and one private and both segregated, discuss their school days in Biloxi in the 1960s in a new program airing as a Black History Month salute on BTV this month. Videographer August Taconi says his latest production features interviews with a dozen former students of Nichols Public […]

Fireworks, golf carts on council agenda Tuesday

The shooting or possessing of fireworks has been illegal in Biloxi for years, but a measure being considered Tuesday by the City Council could make it legal to possess and shoot fireworks for the public two days a year: the Fourth of July and New Year’s Eve. The measure is one of more than a […]

Zeta debris all but gone, virus rages onward

The city’s federally funded debris operations wrapped up this week, with any remnants to be picked up by either the city’s Public Works Department or trash contractor Pelican Waste. Wednesday was the Zeta debris contractor Crowder-Gulf’s last day hauling right-of-way debris in Biloxi. The effort, which began Nov. 5, saw 297,000 cubic yards of debris […]

‘Biloxi Cooks!’ and ‘Gumbo’ now available online

BTV videographer Renny Sherman has wanted to do a cooking show for some time, and the program “Biloxi Cooks!”, which premiered on BTV Jan. 1, today became available on the city’s YouTube archive. The city’s YouTube page today also added another BTV exclusive: the premiere episode of “Storytime with Gumbo Kelly,” a collection of four […]

Coliseum will be vaccination site for those with appointments

The Mississippi State Department of Health has moved the COVID-19 vaccination site from the Harrison County Health Department to the Mississippi Coast Coliseum and Convention Center in Biloxi. The announcement was made today by the Harrison County Board of Supervisors. Beginning Monday, those who have made an appointment through the MSDH will receive the first […]

Debris contractor winding down; COVID-19 cranking up again

Zeta debris efforts are expected to wrap up next week, federally speaking anyway. Find out what it means in today’s report. You’ll also hear that COVID-19 continues to spread locally at record levels, and, with MLK Day approaching, a recently departed Back Bay icon, Vernon Jackson, recalls the colorful times of ’60s Biloxi.Facebook: See today’s […]

Work to begin on Back Bay boardwalk, other news and notes

Construction is scheduled to begin soon on the latest boardwalk along Biloxi’s waterfront, on Back Bay from Forrest Avenue to Kensington. The new boardwalk project, which is scheduled to be completed in September, is among the topics in today’s Biloxi A to Z report. The latest coronavirus numbers and vaccination information also are included in […]

Gumbo Kelly has a story or two for you

By Wayne Duggan Most businesses around the world were forced to adapt their approach in 2020 because of the pandemic. For the Biloxi Public Library, social distancing meant no more Thursday morning storytelling sessions with children’s librarian Kelly Derouen. But instead of shutting down all together, the librarian the kids affectionately call “Gumbo Kelly” decided […]

Today’s report: Making a splash

Today’s “Biloxi A to Z” report has it all: the approaching deadline for debris pickup, the latest on COVID-19, holiday schedules, and it all begins with a splash, courtesy of the city’s Public Works Department.Facebook: See today’s reportYouTube: See today’s reportSee the overall tracking chartSee the daily comparison chartSee the Harrison County 14-day chartMask Up, […]

This is it! It’s last call for Zeta debris

It’s time to put debris from Hurricane Zeta in the rear-view mirror, says Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich, but to do that, it must be moved to the curb. The city wants all storm debris to be moved to the curb no later than Jan. 4, which is when the city’s debris crews return from a […]

Today’s report: The latest info and bonus video

Today’s Biloxi A to Z report has the latest COVID-19 numbers, the latest on debris, a look at how the city is looking to lower your monthly water bill, and an event captured on camera over the weekend at the Lopez-Quave Public Safety Center.Facebook: See today’s reportYouTube: See today’s reportSee the overall tracking chartSee the […]

Biloxi Fire Department named among nation’s best

For years, the Biloxi Fire Department has had the goal of improving its state fire rating, and with the addition of a fire training tower, two new stations and other improvements this year, the station has earned a Class 2 rating, putting it among the Top 2 percent of stations in the country. The state […]

Debris haulers have big weekend

The city’s debris teams hauled away more than 14,000 cubic yards of debris over the weekend, primarily from such major thoroughfares as Lorraine and Popp’s Ferry roads and U.S. 90. The latest figures — along with a new map that allows residents to track which day debris was picked up — are among the news […]

Today’s report: What you need to know

There’s a little of everything in today’s holiday-flavored report: The latest on this week’s COVID-19 surge and what you can do to protect yourself and your family, a progress report on the city’s debris removal efforts, and First Lady Serena Gilich shows Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich how to light up Biloxi for the holidays.Facebook: See […]

Debris: The big picture and Q&A

The city’s debris teams on Monday marked their 19th working day, on track to have a “first pass” of the entire city completed mid-December. In all, the crews, as of Monday, had hauled away more than 117 cubic yards of the estimated 200,000 cubic yards of debris Hurricane Zeta left in Biloxi. Crews have mailed […]

Q&A: Zeta debris removal

Here are answers to questions about the city’s Hurricane Zeta debris removal progress. Updated Dec. 11, 2020. When will the debris crews get to my street? As quickly as they can. Crews are working on a “first pass” around the entire city. The areas south of I-10 have been the focus of the contractor because […]

BTV gets festive, Biloxi-style

BTV: Biloxi Television, the city’s municipal TV channel, is offering a decidedly holiday flavor this month, with a lineup that looks back at the city’s festive celebrations. Highlighting programming in December, which debuted Tuesday, are replays of the Christmas on the Water boat parades from 2017 and 2018, the Woolmarket Christmas Parade from 2019, and […]

Freeze! Temps expected to dip overnight

Overnight temperatures are forecast to dip as low as 28 degrees, which has prompted a freeze warning from 10 tonight until 8 Tuesday morning. Residents should take steps to protect plants, pets and pipes, and check on elderly residents, the National Weather Service says. A wind advisory also is in effect until 5 this afternoon, […]

Safety-mindful December newsletter on the way

A leading public health advocate, writing in the December issue of BNews Monthly, admits “we are all becoming very sick and tired” of hearing about the coronavirus, but, as a vaccine is months away, “we all need to take safety measures to protect everyone.” Dr. Robert Travnicek, who for more than two decades served as […]

Today’s report: A debris milestone, safety and COVID-19

Hurricane Zeta debris removal crews reached a milestone over the weekend: More than half of the estimated 200,000 cubic yards of debris have been removed from neighborhoods across the city. That’s the headline in today’s report, but you’ll also learn about kitchen safety for this Thanksgiving, holiday shopping safety tips as Black Friday approaches, and […]

Debris crews take first break next week

The Hurricane Zeta debris haulers in Biloxi, who’ve been working 12- and 15-hour days straight for nearly three weeks, are taking off Thanksgiving week as they approach the halfway point in picking up the estimated 200,000 cubic yards of debris in Biloxi. “We know it’s never quick enough and it’s never enough, but these guys […]

Forrest paving may impact Keesler traffic Monday

From Walt Rode, the manager of the city’s infrastructure project: Warren Paving completed paving Graham Avenue today. Warren Paving is scheduled to begin surface asphalt on Forrest Avenue, which runs along the eastern side of Keesler, on Monday. The paving crews will do Grady Street first to allow Keesler traffic access to Meadows gate until […]

Today’s report: What you need to know

Debris removal efforts, a statewide surge in COVID-19 numbers, the city’s short-term repairs, Christmas City, and a look at what happens to debris after you haul it to the curb.Facebook: See today’s reportYouTube: See today’s reportSee the overall tracking chartSee the daily comparison chartSee the Harrison County 14-day chartMask Up, Biloxi (face covering required): Print […]

Debris removal on verge of a milestone

Debris efforts are expected to pass 50,000 cubic yards this weekend, about a fourth of the debris estimated to be in neighborhoods across the city. The volume of debris hauling is picking up, thanks to a West Biloxi site that went into full operation Veterans Day. “That has allowed our contactor, Crowder-Gulf, to haul far […]

City continues short-term mitigation, debris removal

Debris teams continue hauling unbagged Hurricane Zeta debris from neighborhoods in all of Biloxi’s seven wards, says Biloxi Chief Administrative Officer Mike Leonard, and short-term mitigation is the order at Biloxi municipal facilities. In all, more than 32,000 cubic yards of debris had been hauled from neighborhoods as of Wednesday afternoon, seven days into the […]

Today’s report: Debris hauling is picking up

The city’s debris teams will be picking up their pace in the next few days, and although traffic signals are working at more and more intersections throughout the city, some key locations remain inoperative or destroyed. Those are the key messages in today’s video, nine days after Hurricane Zeta: traffic signals, debris, the latest COVID-19 […]

Where we are, eight days after Zeta

Teams of debris crews were throughout the city today, in neighborhoods using debris trailers with small cranes atop, or using old-fashioned elbow grease and rakes in city parks and other facilities. Removing fallen limbs and piles of unbagged leaves is now a focus for the city, along with wrapping up repairs on traffic signals, and […]

Biloxi: A to Z and C

Today’s report has information on the city’s storm-debris removal plan, which begins Thursday at sunrise, along with the latest on the coronavirus and an Election Day salute. The numbers, by the way: 644 new cases in the past 24 hours in Mississippi, including 43 in Harrison County. Facebook: See today’s reportYouTube: See today’s reportSee the […]

The debris blitz begins Thursday morning

As many as a dozen storm-debris teams will be in neighborhoods across the city beginning Thursday at daybreak, and residents are reminded to please move their storm debris to the curb now. Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich has announced the plan which will involve storm-debris teams having eight designated starting points, one in each of the […]

Get your storm debris to the curb, Biloxi

By the middle of next week, the city will begin the process to remove the estimated 200,000 cubic yards of debris left in Zeta’s wake. However, now is your time to be hauling storm debris out to the curbside. City contractors cannot come onto private property. The city is asking you to haul debris to […]

Today’s report: Curfew begins at 11 tonight

Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich has announced Biloxi will implement a curfew from 11 tonight until 6 Saturday morning, relaxing the 8 p.m. curfew since more businesses are re-opening as more power is being restored across the city. In fact, Mississippi Power announced this afternoon that power restoration efforts will continue through the weekend, and 95 […]

It’s safe to drink the water

Biloxi’s municipal water system has maintained adequate water pressure, provided continuous service and performed well during Hurricane Zeta and the aftermath, says Public Works Director Billy Ray Allen. “We made sure we had adequate supply in our city water tanks, and we’ve been able to meet the overall demand of our 15,000 customers,” Allen said. […]

Biloxi curfew begins at 8 tonight

Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich has announced the City of Biloxi will be under a curfew from 8 tonight until 6 in the morning. “We’re asking people to please stay off the roads unless you’re going to work or have a legitimate reason to be out,” Biloxi Police Chief John Miller said. “We have a significant […]

Please limit travel as crews remove debris

Residents are being asked to stay off city streets today as clean-up crews are using heavy equipment to remove downed tree limbs and other debris from roadways. Crews from the Biloxi Public Works Department are pushing downed tree limbs and other debris from major thoroughfares this morning while MDOT workers are clearing U.S. 90. “Please […]

Report your storm damage online

Harrison County Emergency Management is encouraging residents to use an online form to report damages caused by Hurricane Zeta. The online form will collect location address, a short description of damages, any photos, and basic contact information. For more information or assistance, contact Harrison County Emergency Management Agency at (228) 865-4002.See the easy-to-use online form

Non-emergency city offices to close

Non-emergency municipal offices and facilities in Biloxi will close at 1 p.m. today, Chief Administrative Officer Mike Leonard has announced. Non-emergency employees are expected to return to work Thursday at 10 a.m. Said Leonard this morning in an email for the city’s more than 600 employees: “Heavier wind and rain will probably start around 3 […]

Zeta expected to be stronger, faster

Hurricane Zeta, with sustained winds now up to 90 mph and gaining speed, is expected to make landfall in southeastern Louisiana this afternoon, moving close to Biloxi and the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Biloxi and the Mississippi Gulf Coast are under hurricane and storm surge warnings, and a flood warning is in place for the Biloxi […]

Governor re-issues mask mandate

Citing the growing number of coronavirus cases locally, Gov. Tate Reeves has issued a local order requiring face masks be worn indoors where adequate social distancing is not possible. The mask mandate, which impacts Harrison County and a host of other counties, will go into effect at 8 a.m. Wednesday and be in effect until […]

City prepares for Zeta, the latest threat

The Biloxi City Council declared a State of Emergency today, empowering Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich to take any necessary action to prepare Biloxi for the expected high winds and storm surge from Tropical Storm Zeta. The state of emergency declared in Biloxi this afternoon grants the mayor broad authority in making emergency purchases and using […]

Mandatory evacuation ordered for harbors

Boats in Biloxi’s public harbors and marinas should be moved by 5 p.m. today to avoid the expected winds and storm surge from Tropical Storm Zeta, says Larry Sablich, who manages the city’s Port Division. “About half of the 300 or so boats have already relocated,” Sablich said, “and we’re looking to make sure we […]

Zeta expected in Gulf Tuesday

Those with vessels in Biloxi’s harbors and marinas received a familiar message today: A tropical storm may be headed to the Gulf and we recommend that you move your vessel to a safer location. The city’s Port Division sent the email to boat owners today because Biloxi is in the cone of uncertainty for Tropical […]

Today’s report: Latest numbers, Beauvoir and more

Harrison County is continuing to see an average of nearly four dozen new cases of the coronavirus each day, according to today’s Be Prepared report, and Mississippi saw 586 new cases in the past 24 hours. The latest numbers, along with advice from the Centers for Disease Control, are included in today’s report and a […]

Alarming! Another spike in local numbers

The average daily number of new cases of the coronavirus in Harrison County continues to skyrocket, with a record 113 new cases reported locally in the past 24 hours and a daily average that has doubled, to 47 new cases a day, in the past two weeks.Facebook: See today’s reportYouTube: See today’s reportSee the overall […]

The story of UMUSIC and why Biloxi and Mississippi are first

Here, from Robert Lavia, chairman of Dakia UVentures, is the story of UMUSIC Hotels and why Biloxi and Mississippi were chosen as the first out of the gate, with UMUSIC Broadwater Hotel. These are the remarks by Lavia during the announcement of the $1.2 billion, 266-acre resort development at the Broadwater site in West Biloxi. […]

See the UMUSIC Broadwater announcement

Representatives of UMUSIC Broadwater will be in Biloxi this afternoon to join Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves and Biloxi Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich for the formal announcement of plans for a $1.2 billion, 266-acre development at the Broadwater site in West Biloxi. You can see the 2 p.m. announcement in a City of Biloxi live stream. […]

COVID numbers continue upward trajectory

Harrison County is now averaging 36 new coronavirus cases a day, double the number of cases just two weeks ago. The latest COVID-19 numbers, along with news coming this week of a “transformational” development planned for the Broadwater site in West Biloxi, are the highlights of today’s Be Prepared report. Also today: Rockin’s Ray Founier […]

Biloxi to be site of $1.2 billion UMUSIC Broadwater Hotel

— Universal Music Group, Dakia U-Ventures announce announced UMUSIC Hotels — First music-based experiential hotel properties slated for Atlanta, Biloxi and Orlando (From Universal Music Group) SANTA MONICA, CA (October 9, 2020) — Universal Music Group (UMG), the world leader in music-based entertainment and Dakia U-Ventures, the entertainment impact investment group, today announced the launch […]

Today’s report: Cruisin’, Delta and COVID-19

Biloxi Chief Administrative Office Mike Leonard appears on today’s Be Prepared report to discuss the events du jour: the success of Cruisin’ the Coast, the diminished threat of Hurricane Delta, and significant public improvement projects approved during the City Council meeting Tuesday. Also in this 13-minute report: The coronavirus numbers are on the increase in […]

Weather may prevent use of traffic cones

Biloxi Police may not be able to use one of their traffic tools this weekend, the orange traffic cones that separate lanes on U.S. 90 during special events, because of expected wind gusts from Louisiana-bound Hurricane Delta. The cones have been deployed annually on U.S. 90 during special events such as Cruisin’ the Coast in […]

Gilich: Storm expected to cruise by

Three years ago at this time, Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich had the Biloxi Fire Department visiting hundreds of RVs along the front beach telling owners in town for Cruisin’ they might consider leaving town early because Hurricane Nate was threatening. Today, with Hurricane Delta expected to make landfall in Louisiana Friday as thousands of visitors […]

Delta now a Cat 4 storm

Hurricane Delta, now a Category 4 storm, was moving across the western Caribbean Sea at 16 mph with maximum sustained winds of 130 mph this morning. Continued strengthening is expected and Delta will be a major hurricane before reaching the Yucatan Peninsula near Cancun and crossing into the southern Gulf of Mexico, the National Hurricane […]

Evacuation recommended for marinas, harbors

Owners of vessels in Biloxi’s four harbors and marinas have been notified that they should consider moving their vessels to safer locations ahead of turbulent weather possible with Hurricane Delta. “Although evacuation is not mandatory at this time, it is highly recommended that vessels be relocated well in advance to safer locations in order to […]

Today’s report: Cruisin’, stormin’, COVID-19 and more

News flash: Expect heavy, slow-moving traffic all this week along U.S. 90 and other thoroughfares throughout the city this week for Cruisin’ The Coast. And, just for good measure in the Year 2020, it’s Cruisin’ The Coast in a pandemic, and a storm headed for the Gulf of Mexico mid-week. Cruisin’ organizers report that 6,400 […]

COVID-19 numbers spike in Harrison County

Harrison County reported 78 new positive tests for the coronavirus in the past 24 hours, and Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich has a reminder: “This thing is still out there. Please remain vigilant. Please take precautions. Do it for yourself, your family and friends.” The 78 new COVID-19 cases, the most reported in a single day […]

Masks continue to be required in city buildings

Gov. Tate Reeves on Wednesday relaxed the statewide mask mandate, but face masks will continue to be required inside municipal buildings in Biloxi to help stem the spread of the coronavirus, Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich announced today. “We’re going to continue to ask everyone to wear a face mask in city buildings,” Gilich said this […]

Cruisin’: The wheel fun is on the way

You can see the telltale signs that Cruisin’ is rolling into town soon: Public Works crews are hanging Cruisin’ the Coast pole banners throughout downtown. Another crew upgraded the high profile White House fountain on U.S. 90. City, county and state crews are brushing up medians along the highway. And classic cars are beginning to […]

October events are in the air

October generally means a few things in Biloxi: Cruisin’ the Coast, billed as “America’s Largest Block Party,” the Old Biloxi Cemetery Tour, and Real Men Wear Pink, the monthlong fund-raising event for the American Cancer Society.  The October issue of BNews Monthly, arriving in homes and businesses across the city Tuesday and Wednesday, has the […]

Don’t blink. You might miss the water bill increase

Nobody likes a rate increase, but the new rates going into effect Oct. 1 for Biloxi water and sewer service and garbage collection might not even be noticed by the vast majority of the city’s 15,000 customers. The new water rate increases by 2 percent, or about 3 cents a month per thousand gallons for […]

Be prepared: Numbers and important reminders

Harrison County reported two dozen new cases of the coronavirus in the past 24 hours, the same number as the day before, while they reported 722 new cases in the past 24 hours. The latest numbers — along with reminders about free public transit on Saturday, an upcoming VA job fair, and the final days […]

Come on and take a free ride, says CTA

You can step on a CTA bus anywhere in Biloxi for free on Saturday, as part of Coast Transit’s Last Stop for our Ride Free Summer Shopper’s Day. The public transit agency is introducing Ride Free Summer Shopper’s Days, with free fares in one city CTA serves each month. First stop: Biloxi. “Here at CTA […]

COVID-19 cases continue downward trend

The number of reported new cases of the coronavirus continues to trend downward, averaging 15.43 each day in Harrison County. In today’s Be Prepared report, you’ll see the numbers as well as information on a new restaurant in the works for downtown and video salute to the Biloxi Lighthouse.Facebook: See today’s reportYouTube: See today’s reportSee […]

City auction coming up Saturday

“There’s no doubt about it,” says Biloxi Police Chief John Miller of the city auction this weekend: “Some people like to come to these city auctions just to watch, to listen to the auctioneer, to see the deals and see what’s going on. There is a definite entertainment value.” The city will hold an absolute […]

Gilich: Be thankful and thoughtful

“We’re very thankful today,” Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich said to a host of interviewers seeking comment on Biloxi’s near-miss with Hurricane Sally, which devastated Pensacola, Fla., with 100 mph winds and nearly 25 inches of rain. “And while we’re thankful,” Gilich added, “we’re also thoughtful, for our neighbors in Mobile and Pensacola, and the Florida […]

Slow-moving Sally still an issue

Slow-moving Sally, the hurricane with winds of 85 mph and 55 miles east of the Mississippi River, may cause concern for Biloxi residents for the next couple of days, says Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich. “There’s no doubt that this storm is still a threat,” Gilich said today. “Projections have taken it from the west to […]

City prepares for imminent winds, rain

Gulf Coast casino resorts were ordered closed by 4 p.m., city crews have been making storm preparations throughout the day, and now the City of Biloxi is bracing for Hurricane Sally, expected to have winds of nearly 100 mph, a 7-to 11-foot storm surge and 24 hours of rain. Hurricane conditions are expected later tonight […]

Gilich: Wrap up your preparations now

Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich met with key department heads this morning for an update on storm preparations in city departments and divisions. Said Gilich after the meeting: “We’re asking people to do the same things that we’re doing: Make the preparations. Secure your property. Monitor the weather reports, have a hurricane kit and supplies to […]

Sally expected to have 100-mph winds

Boaters streamed up the Bay of Biloxi today, under sunny and clear skies, and ahead of the expected 100-mph winds and 7 to 11 foot storm surge with the approaching Sally, now a tropical storm less than 300 miles east-southeast of Biloxi and moving west-northwest at 13 mph. The storm is expected to make landfall […]

Don’t forget the sandbags

The City of Biloxi’s six sandbag locations for residents are Beck Park, 671 Division St.; Migues Park, 425 Parker St.; Cavalier Park, 2059 Lawrence St.; Popp’s Ferry Soccer Fields, 2150 Popp’s Ferry Road; Fire Station 8, 8479 Woolmarket Road; and Fire Station 9, 9370 Oaklawn Road. These are self-serve sites, meaning residents need to have […]

City orders evacuation of harbors, marinas

The city has ordered owners of vessels in Biloxi’s municipal harbors and marinas to have those vessels moved to safer areas by Sunday at 3 p.m. because of the pending threat from Tropical Storm Sally. The evacuation order comes as the National Weather Service this afternoon issued a hurricane watch and storm surge watch for […]

Snyder Center re-opens to public

The Donal M. Snyder Sr. Community Center, with its fitness equipment, basketball and pickleball courts, and indoor walking track, re-opened to the public today with a new air-conditioning system and pools that will be ready to open in a couple of weeks. The re-opening of the Snyder Center is one of the updates included in […]

Seafood museum plans virtual drawdown

The Maritime & Seafood Industry Museum’s 35th Annual $10,000 Drawdown will be a virtual affair on Saturday, Sept. 19.   Because of COVID-19, the drawdown, which is the museum’s major fundraiser of the year, will be held between 7 and 9 p.m. on Sept. 19 on the museum’s Facebook and Instagram pages. The silent auction, […]

Supplies needed for Laura victims

The city is gathering supplies for the Cameron Parish, La., community, which was decimated by Hurricane Laura. Supplies are being accepted primarily at three Biloxi fire stations: Station 1, Lopez-Quave Public Safety Center, 170 Porter Ave.; Station 5, Bay Vista, 2499 Pass Road; and Station 7, Cedar-Popp’s, 1672 Popp’s Ferry Road. “We’ve been talking to […]

Be Prepared: Mask, other mandates extended

Gov. Tate Reeves has extended until Sept. 14 the mandate to wear masks in public and an 11 p.m. last call in bars and restaurants. The action comes as Mississippi saw 1,382 new cases of the coronavirus in the past three days, bringing the statewide total to nearly 83,000 cases since the crisis began in […]

Governor, mayor mark Katrina anniversary

Gov. Tate Reeves and Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich, with Hurricane Laura victims on their minds, marked the 15th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina by placing a wreath today at the Katrina Memorial in Biloxi.Facebook: Watch the nine-minute ceremonyYouTube: Watch the nine-minute ceremonyGallery: See photos from the virtual event

On the 15th anniversary of Katrina

Here are remarks Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich wrote and delivered during a ceremony today to mark the 15th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. The virtual ceremony was at the Katrina Memorial on the Biloxi Town Green and involved Gov. Tate Reeves and Biloxi State Rep. Kevin Felsher. Welcome everyone to this ceremony marking the 15th Anniversary […]

Today’s report: COVID-19 update; how to help Laura victims

Plans are being made now for a contingent of volunteers from the Biloxi Fire Museum and Biloxi Fire Department to help victims of Hurricane Laura. Biloxi Fire Chief Joe Boney, who said donations are being accepted through a GoFundMe page, discusses the Laura relief effort in today’s Be Prepared report, which also includes the latest […]

Biloxi firefighters part of Laura response

Three members of the Biloxi Fire Department – a deputy chief and two firefighters – are being deployed to the Hurricane Laura disaster zone today as part of Mississippi Task Force 3. Laura grew today into a Category 4 hurricane. Forecasters feared a 20-foot storm surge that would be “unsurvivable” and capable of decimating entire […]

New fire trucks will be lean and ‘green’

Two new fire trucks will be joining the Biloxi Fire Department fleet in a couple of months, and although they’ll be red on the outside, they’re actually “green trucks.” The trucks, at a half-million dollars each and scheduled to go in service downtown and in West Biloxi in November, are part of the fire service […]

The latest on Laura: ‘Nothing extreme for us’

You see the warnings and the advisories: Two storms in the Gulf. Marco moves on and Laura in the wings, they say. Here’s the latest from Biloxi Emergency Manager Nick Geiser: “For Hurricane Laura, most models agree on the projected landfall near the Louisiana-Texas border. “The City of Biloxi does not anticipate any extreme conditions […]

September newsletter goes on the road

The September issue of BNews Monthly, due in homes and businesses across the city on Friday and Saturday, has a two-page map with details on nearly a hundred public improvement projects across the city. “Right now, we have an $80 million capital projects budget with over 45 projects either in design or construction phases,” City […]

Be Prepared: COVID-19, Marco 0, and Laura TBD

Today’s Be Prepared report has the latest on COVID 19 – the Harrison County average has dropped to below three-dozen new cases a day – as well as the latest word on Marco, which is still expected to bring rain, and Laura, which continues to churn in the Gulf. You’ll also take a trip up […]

Marco will bring rain; Laura in the wings

Biloxi Police and Fire stood down their water-rescue teams today, as Marco seems to have fizzled out, but Emergency Manager Nick Geiser says the rains will come later today. Skies were clear this morning, turning overcast this afternoon, with breezy conditions, a northeast wind 15 to 20 mph. However, forecasters expect rain – a 90 […]

City opens six sandbag sites

The City of Biloxi has opened six sandbag locations for residents: Beck Park, 671 Division St.; Migues Park, 425 Parker St.; Cavalier Park, 2059 Lawrence St.; Popp’s Ferry Soccer Fields, 2150 Popp’s Ferry Road; Fire Station 8, 8479 Woolmarket Road; and Fire Station 9, 9370 Oaklawn Road. These are self-serve sites, meaning residents need to […]

All eyes on Marco for now

“Yes, there are two storms out there right now,” Biloxi Emergency Manager Nick Geiser said this afternoon, “and while Laura will be later in the week and is on our minds, we’re focusing on Marco right now. “People can expect Marco to be another Cristobal for Biloxi, if the current track continues,” Geiser said, referring […]

City recommends boaters move craft

Owners of vessels in the city’s public harbors and marinas were notified this morning that it’s “highly recommended” that their craft be relocated to safer locations. The announcement, from Port Division Manager Larry Sablich, was made as Tropical Storms Laura and Marco are expected to enter the Gulf of Mexico, and as the National Weather […]

Today’s report: Be watchful of the weather

National weather authorities months ago predicted that the 2020 storm season would be a busy one, with as many as two dozen named storms during the six-month season. And while the season has lived up to its billing – Laura makes it a dozen named storms so far this year – no one predicted two […]

Today’s report: A visit to the hospital and more

Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich thanked frontline healthcare workers at Merit Health Biloxi today, as the average number of new cases of COVID-19 hovers at 46 a day. Today’s report, which includes a look at 14-day trends statewide and locally, also features a segment on why August is such a milestone for Biloxi, and an important […]

Biloxians say it again: ‘Mask up, Biloxi’

Dozens of Biloxians from all walks of life have come together for a new city public outreach video, “Let’s Do This Again: Mask Up, Biloxi.” The five-minute video, set to a light-hearted Western Swing musical track, features nearly 70 Biloxians and “some guy from Gulfport” asking their fellow Biloxians to mask up to prevent the […]

City seeks proposals for Moon Building

The City of Biloxi, which saved several homes on Division Street and gave new life to the former Magnolia Hotel, is seeking potential interest in a storied location on Lameuse Street. The two-story concrete block and brick veneer structure, at 282 Lameuse Street, just south of Division, was constructed in 1974 by local contractor and […]

‘Let’s do this again: Mask Up, Biloxi’

Dozens of community leaders take part in today’s Be Prepared report with an important message: Mask Up, Biloxi. The numbers, however, continue to drive the report: 476 new positives statewide in the past 24 hours, along with 16 new deaths attributed to the coronavirus. There were 1,210 cases on Saturday and 527 on Sunday. Locally, […]

Be Prepared: The latest on COVID-19

It’s been a dubious week for new coronavirus cases: 308 in Harrison County since Monday, including a record-setting 91 positives reported Thursday. Today, there were 1,036 new cases reported statewide and 23 new deaths. Today’s Be Prepared report has the latest numbers, the big picture, the advice and more.Facebook: See today’s reportYouTube: See today’s reportSee […]

Mayor: 11 p.m. is last call for alcohol in bars, restaurants

Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich today issued an executive order designed to make sure local restaurants and bars were adhering to the intent of the governor’s mandate to end alcohol sales at 11 p.m. In his new executive order, Gilich acknowledges that some restaurants and bars “have continued to do so under the ruse of pre-sold […]

Councilman tests positive for COVID-19

Ward 2 Councilmember Felix Gines has tested positive for the coronavirus, becoming the eighth person in his family to contract the virus. Gines, who learned of the Sunday test results this afternoon, said he does not currently have symptoms but will quarantine at home for the prescribed 14 days. “I felt like I had the […]

Be Prepared: Numbers, election, roads and more

Today’s Be Prepared video has the latest on the coronavirus numbers, news of an election taking place Tuesday in Biloxi, and an update on infrastructure work.Facebook: See today’s reportYouTube: See today’s reportSee the overall tracking chartSee the daily comparison chartSee the Harrison County 14-day chart Mask Up, Biloxi (face covering required): Print your own sign (8.5 x […]

Power company franchise vote is Tuesday

The City of Biloxi will conduct a special election on Tuesday, and, if history is an indication, turnout will be low. Biloxi voters on Tuesday will cast ballots on whether to renew an existing franchise agreement with Mississippi Power. City polling places will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Those voting must wear […]

BTV: Katrina through the eyes of the Army

What began as a look back at Hurricane Katrina through the eyes of the Salvation Army on the 15th anniversary of the monster storm this month quickly turned into something else when filming began in July. Instead, it turned into a heartfelt story about the people behind the shield, those who serve the Salvation Army […]

Be Prepared: The numbers and more

Harrison County is now averaging 50 new cases of the coronavirus each day, and drive-through testing is coming up next week in east Biloxi. Also in today’s Be Prepared report, Councilmember Felix Gines has a preview of the testing along with a backpack giveaway taking place this weekend.Facebook: See today’s reportYouTube: See today’s reportSee the […]

August BNews has murals and more

The new issue of BNews Monthly, the city’s compendium of All Things Biloxi, will be arriving in homes and businesses across the city Wednesday and Thursday. The 24-page, advertiser-supported city newsletter includes updates on Biloxi’s need to respond to Census 2020, the “Mask Up Biloxi” COVID-19 initiative, the Biloxi Main Street murals project, city finances, […]

Be Prepared: The latest on COVID-19

Wearing masks or face coverings in public places continues to be the message to help stem the spread of the coronavirus, as Harrison County reported more than a hundred new cases of the coronavirus and three new deaths over the weekend. Statewide, 653 cases of the coronavirus were reported in the past 24 hours, but […]

Governor limits alcohol sales at bars, restaurants

Gov. Tate Reeves announced today that bars can now only sell alcohol to seated customers, and no alcohol can be sold at restaurants or bars from 11 p.m. to 7 a.m. The governor, in a briefing this afternoon, also announced that 29 of Mississippi’s 82 counties are now under a mask mandate. The governor’s new […]

Be Prepared: The numbers and what you can do

Harrison County has seen 66 new cases of the coronavirus in the past 24 hours, part of the 1,610 new cases the Mississippi State Department of Health reported across the state. As hospitals continue to report more hospitalizations for COVID-19, state and local leaders continue to stress the basics, especially the mandate to wear a […]

Biloxi, are you in that number?

Census 2020, the once-a-decade snapshot of the United States, is falling short in Biloxi, and city leaders are asking for help. “Right now, 58 percent of the people in Biloxi have responded, and we need to do better,” Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich said. “At least 42 percent of the people in Biloxi who were mailed […]

Big issues before mayor, council

Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich has now crafted five municipal budgets since he was elected mayor just before budget time in 2015, but he readily admits it’s a little different this year. “Sure, the revenue situation has been fluid,” Gilich said, “especially since the COVID-19 diminished our two major revenue streams, gaming and sales taxes, but […]

It’s time to register for Biloxi Public Schools

Parents and guardians of students in the Biloxi Public School District: Have you completed online registration for your child yet? The 2020-21 school year begins Aug. 5, and online registration must be completed by Friday. If you are choosing distance learning for your child, you still need to register online for the school year. For […]

Mask mandate extended until Aug. 3

Gov. Tate Reeves today announced that the statewide mask-up mandate has been extended until Aug. 3, and Memorial Hospital has announced more drive-up COVID-19 screening and testing for those who have COVID- or flu-like symptoms is coming up in Biloxi. It’s all part of today’s Be Prepared report, along with the latest numbers: Statewide, 1,251 […]

Popp’s Ferry bridge re-opens after barge collision

The Popp’s Ferry Bridge, a north-south connector used by nearly 20,000 motorists a day, was closed for nearly four hours today after a tugboat pushing three barges struck the bridge’s bumper system just before 1 this afternoon. The two-lane bridge re-opened to vehicular traffic at 4:45 p.m. today but remains closed to marine traffic. And […]

Be Prepared: Keeping count of COVID and the citizenry

It’s Day 1 for the mask mandate, and, yes, people have questions about the policy. Those questions and the numbers for today — 393 new positive coronavirus tests in 24 hours statewide, including six in Harrison County — are in today’s Be Prepared report. You’ll also hear about an important constitutional consideration: Census 2020.Facebook: See […]

Biloxi Police launch new camera-registry initiative

The Biloxi Police Department is inviting business and residential video camera owners to register their security camera locations with the department as part of a new public safety initiative. This will enable Biloxi Police, with the permission of the camera owner, to quickly and securely obtain recorded video in the event of an incident near […]

Be Prepared: Masks, other restrictions in the works

Signs alerting the public to the new facemask policy in Biloxi municipal facilities went up in buildings across the city today, as Harrison County reported a record-breaking 56 newly identified cases of the coronavirus and Gov. Tate Reeves has sounded an alarm: Tighter restrictions involving masks and groups are on the way for Harrison and […]

Facemasks now required at city buildings

Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich, who a week ago announced that city employees dealing with the public should wear facemasks, has made it official: Anyone entering a municipal facility in Biloxi must wear a face covering — visitors and employees. In an executive order issued today, his ninth since the COVID-19 crisis began in mid-March, Gilich […]

Hiller Park gets a new garden Friday

The Mississippi Urban Forest Council will dedicate a newly established pollinator garden at Hiller Park in Biloxi on Friday at 10 a.m. The 1,400-square-foot garden, which is situated in a grassy wetland swale a stone’s throw from the children’s splash pad, is planted predominately with flowers that provide nectar or pollen for a range of […]

Remains to be formally removed from U.S. 90 site

The northernmost lane of U.S. 90 will be closed south of the Biloxi City Cemetery Wednesday through Friday as archaeologists and anthropologists begin the process to remove skeletal remains that were discovered more than two years ago during work on a federally funded infrastructure project. The righthand, westbound lane will be closed south of the […]

Be Prepared: The numbers and a reminder

The Mississippi State Department of Health says 357 new cases of the coronavirus have been identified in the past 24 hours statewide, including 21 new positive tests in Harrison County. The latest on the numbers – along with a reminder of the guidelines from the Opening up Biloxi Again plan – are in today’s Be […]

Mask giveaway: 27,000 in four hours

The City of Biloxi distributed 27,000 masks in four hours this morning, in a “Mask, up Biloxi” initiative that Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich announced in an appeal Wednesday night. The program, designed to help stem the spread of the coronavirus, was supposed to run from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. today at five drive-through locations […]

The latest numbers; Mask up, Biloxi

Fifty new positive tests for the coronavirus have been reported in Harrison County in the past 24 hours in a two-week span that has seen the daily average nearly triple, and on Friday, ahead of the Fourth of July weekend, the city is hoping to give away thousands of facemasks to help slow the spread. […]

The sky lights up Saturday night

“Oh, say can you see?” Yes you can. Biloxi’s annual Fourth of July fireworks show is set to take place Saturday beginning at 9 p.m. The city-sponsored front beach show, which is supported by a host of businesses through the organizing Boom Boom Committee, takes place on Independence Day from a barge just south of […]

Gilich: Face it, Biloxi. It’s time to mask up

Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich today announced that when City Hall re-opens to the public Thursday morning, city staff working with the public will be wearing facemasks. In fact, Gilich said, he has advised city department directors to make sure that all frontline city workers wear masks to help avoid the spread of the coronavirus. And […]

Point Cadet Fishing Bridge to go LED

All 91 lights on the 4,700-foot long Point Cadet Fishing Bridge are being replaced with sturdier, more weather-resistant LED lights. In fact, the manufacturer of the fixtures is now designing mounting brackets specifically for the bridge, which is a popular daytime and nighttime fishing spot. “This pier is probably the most-used and most popular pier […]

City Hall to remain closed for 24 to 48 hours

The State Department of Health reported 675 new cases of the coronavirus statewide in the past 24 hours, 46 in Harrison County, and Biloxi Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich says City Hall will remain closed to the public for another 24 to 48 hours, after an employee tested positive for the virus. Since Friday, the state […]

BNews arrives Saturday, Monday across city

The July Issue of BNews Monthly will be arriving in Biloxi mailboxes on Saturday and Monday. Among the stories: Safety reminders about the coronavirus, Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich on the issues, storm and flood preparation information, the city’s water quality report, the inside story on the Broadwater proposal, info on the city’s Fourth of July […]

Be Prepared: COVID numbers and more

Motorists and fans of Scrapin the Coast, the two-day auto show at the Coast Coliseum, were already lining up and lining a coned U.S. 90 this afternoon as the two-day event unfolds against a backdrop of increasing coronavirus cases. Today’s Be Prepared report has insight into the newly identified COVID-19 cases — 25,066 statewide, and […]

Barhanovich Park getting a makeover

For years it’s been called Circle Park because it’s rounded by Porter Avenue. A sign says it’s Bay Terrace Park, and for new generations of children growing up near the north end of Porter Avenue near Back Bay, it’s also known as Mark Barhanovich Memorial Park, named for a late civic leader who played in […]

Back Bay boardwalk moving forward

The city is a step closer to launching its next waterfront improvement project, a 1,700-foot concrete boardwalk, pavilion with lookouts and benches in the area along Back Bay, west of the Forrest Avenue pier and boat ramp. The $3 million project, part of Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich’s initiative to make the Biloxi waterfront more inviting […]

BTV, live stream just got easier to see

Sharp-eyed viewers of the city’s website, that archive of All Things Biloxi, may have noticed the addition of two new icons at the top right of the page. The BTV icon now makes it easier to get to the online simulcast of BTV, the city’s municipal channel also carried by Sparklight and AT&T UVerse, and […]

Today’s report: Five days of numbers

The Mississippi State Department of Health, plagued by technical issues since last week, today released five-day totals of new coronavirus cases: 1,646 cases statewide since Wednesday, including 71 in Harrison County. The new numbers bring the totals to 22,287 cases identified statewide since Day 1, and 978 deaths. In Harrison County, the 71 new cases […]

Council to consider tidelands applications

Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich on Tuesday will be seeking council approval to apply for about $8.5 million in tidelands grants for public improvement projects in Biloxi. The seven grant applications make up a large part of the 19 measures on the agenda for the City Council meeting on Tuesday at 1:30 p.m. at City Hall. […]

Unity March kicks off day of events Saturday

An event billed as a “Unity March & Prayer” on Saturday morning will usher in a day where Biloxi celebrates two of its annual events: Juneteenth and the beachfront wade-ins. The trio of events arrive against a backdrop of nationwide racial tensions, exacerbated in Mississippi by the move to change the state flag. In Biloxi, […]

Biloxi High School named best on Coast, No. 4 in state

Biloxi High School has been named the No. 1 high school on the Coast and the No. 4 high school in the state by U.S. News & World Report, whose website has 42 million visitors a month. This annual ranking is based on six factors: college readiness, reading and math proficiency, reading and math performance, […]

Trio of events planned for Saturday

Biloxi has a tripleheader of events Saturday: a unity march, a Juneteenth observance and a wade-in memorial, and city leaders are encouraging the public to gather safely. Two of the events are longstanding annual city observances, Juneteenth, which takes place at Beck Park, 671 Division St., from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., and the wade-in […]

Dakia Entertainment Hospitality, Broadwater group eye transformational development at historic Biloxi site

Dakia Entertainment Hospitality and Broadwater Development, LLP announced today the signing of a formal letter of intent, subject to finalizing financial commitments, to redevelop the historic, former Broadwater Beach hotel, marina and golf course site into a $1.2 billion, 266-acre, world-class entertainment complex on U.S. 90 in Biloxi, Miss. The project has a projected opening […]

Coronavirus cases climbing in Harrison County

Harrison County coronavirus numbers are headed in the wrong direction — up and in record-setting fashion. A total of new 48 cases were reported over the past three days, including 23 cases in the past 24 hours in Harrison County. The 23 new cases was the largest one-day total since counting began in March. And […]

Be Prepared: Splash pads and news of Merit

The four splash pads in the City of Biloxi will open to the public Saturday morning and will be open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily. The opening of the splash pads – at Hiller Park, Point Cadet, Margaret Sherry and John Henry Beck Park – is one of the announcements in today’s Be […]

City seeks CDBG applications from agencies

The City of Biloxi is in the process of developing its 2020-2024 Consolidated Plan and 2020 Annual Action Plan, required by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development for the City’s Community Development Block Grant Entitlement Program. Biloxi receives an annual CDBG funding allocation, which is $462,382 for Program Year 2020.  These funds must […]

State sets a new daily coronavirus record

The state set another dubious record today, announcing the largest number of new coronavirus cases since counting began. A total of 498 cases were identified in the past 24 hours, says the Mississippi Department of Health, following up on a weekend that saw 501 new cases over two days. Harrison County is also seeing an […]

Cristobal proves a persistent nuisance

“It was a little bit more than I thought it would be,” Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich said of Tropical Storm Cristobal today, after a weekend of tropical winds and more than seven inches of rain closed many of the city’s roadways. “I think many people were surprised by the strength of the storm, considering how […]

Be Prepared for heavy rain this weekend

Tropical storm conditions from Cristobal are forecast as early as Saturday, and city leaders are reminding citizens to prepare. Biloxi Emergency Manager Nick Geiser advises in today’s Be Prepared video report to not be alarmed but take precautions. “We are not expecting to see a hurricane-strength storm make landfall,” Geiser said. “But it does mean […]

Scaled-back Blessing to cover two weekends

The annual Blessing of the Fleet, originally scheduled to take place this weekend, will be a two-weekend affair this year because of inclement weather expected from Tropical Storm Cristobal this weekend. The Blessing scheduling updates, along with a report on Cristobal and the latest coronavirus numbers, are among the topics in today’s Be Prepared report. […]

Be Prepared: Coronavirus updates, Cristobal

Today’s “Be Prepared” report has the latest on the coronavirus numbers – 302 new cases statewide, including two in Harrison County – and while there’s no cause for alarm, there’s a storm expected to be in the central Gulf of Mexico this weekend.Facebook: See today’s reportYouTube: See today’s reportSee the overall tracking chartSee the daily […]

Today’s report: The charts, the numbers

Mississippi has now identified more than 16,000 cases of the coronavirus since this pandemic began. The Mississippi State Department of Health today reported that 268 cases statewide in the past 24 hours, driving the total number of cases since counting began in March to 16,020. In Harrison County, two new cases were reported in the […]

City ready to see OK’d project move forward

Construction plans have been approved and a permit is ready to be issued for one of the first cases reviewed since Development Review Committee meetings resumed a couple of weeks ago. “We are simply waiting on the contractor to come in and pick up the plans,” said Community Development Jerry Creel, referring to a project […]

U.S. 90 lane closure expected to end Friday

The lane closure on U.S. 90 south of the Biloxi City Cemetery, bottlenecking some of the 41,000 vehicles that pass the site on an average day, may be ending this Friday. This week, infrastructure workers are expected to pull a 16-inch, 750-foot lone pipe through a small tunnel that was bored 12 feet below the […]

Today’s report: A perspective from the gaming industry

As more of the Biloxi economy roars back from the coronavirus threat, the city and its casino industry have a unique opportunity, says longtime local gaming leader Keith Crosby in today’s Be Prepared report. “Right now, the issue is rebuilding confidence in our customer base that it’s safe to come here, which it absolutely is, […]

Be Prepared: Numbers, news and observations

The June issue of BNews Monthly should begin arriving in homes and businesses across the city on Saturday, the state has now passed the 14,000 mark on coronavirus cases, including eight in Harrison County in the past 24 hours, and the city has updated its Opening up Biloxi Again guidelines online. Those are the topics […]

City saves $1.5 million with timely move

It’s an issue that Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich had been monitoring behind the scenes for months, and now, in the midst of the coronavirus and as interest rates have fallen dramatically, he’s done the deed. The city will save nearly $1.5 million over time, including nearly $400,000 in the next year, by partially refinancing two […]

Big weekend arrives amid backdrop of new spike in state

Today’s Be prepared report is a mixed bag: The state reports a huge number of new coronavirus cases — 402, the second highest since counting began — and tourism leader Kenny Glavan reports brisk business as Biloxi heads into the Memorial Day weekend. Locally, the Mississippi State Department of Health reports Harrison County reported six […]

And now, we’re off and rolling

The city’s economic engine, the casino resort industry, opened its doors today, also bringing almost 5,000 hotel rooms online as well. Seven of the city’s eight casinos began opening this morning with all open by mid-afternoon, except for the Beau Rivage, which opens June 1. The move also puts thousands of employees and suppliers back […]

Today’s report: Let the games begin — safely

Casinos in Biloxi and across the state have the green light to open Thursday morning at 8, with guidelines from the Mississippi Gaming Commission. Locally, Golden Nugget, Harrah’s and Treasure Bay are expected to open at 8 a.m., followed by the Palace Casino Resort and Boomtown at 10 a.m., Hard Rock at 11 a.m., and […]

Today’s report: Visitors Center, churches to open

The Biloxi Visitors Center on Friday morning will open its doors for the first time in two months, a day after the re-opening of Biloxi casinos. The center, located just north of the Biloxi Lighthouse, will be open initially only for informational purposes; galleries, exhibits and the theater will remain closed, Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich […]

West Beach Boardwalk makes a tern

The small-but-spirited Least Tern has done something the coronavirus couldn’t do: It’s shut down part of a city project. Workers on the West Beach Boardwalk expansion between Veterans and Camellia avenues had to move to another part of the mile-long project after a Least Tern nest was found adjacent to a piece of earthmoving machinery. […]

Gilich: Eyes will be on us next week

“The entire country will be watching us and how we handle this,” Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich said today after the Mississippi Gaming Commission unveiled guidelines to re-open the state’s casinos, including eight in Biloxi, which have been closed since for two months. “There are national implications to how we do this,” Gilich said, “and it’s […]

Increase in local cases draws Mayor’s attention

Thirteen new cases of the coronavirus were reported in Harrison County in past 24 hours, drawing a statement from Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich. “We re-opened some things last week, right?” Gilich says in today’s Be Prepared report. “Last Friday, there was clearly a downward 14-day running average. Is that still the case? The next days […]

Coronavirus: Is the first wave over?

There was a bump in new coronavirus cases today locally – nine cases, representing the largest number since April 15 – but a local healthcare leader says he believes that Biloxi and the Gulf Coast are on the backside of the first wave of the virus. “We saw the curve earlier here in the state […]

Barbershops, salons, gyms and court open Monday

You can get a haircut or go to the gym beginning Monday. More openings take place this week — salons, barbershops, gyms and municipal court — as Mississippi today reported 123 new cases of the coronavirus after a rollercoaster week. Gov. Tate Reeves and Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich signed orders on Friday opening hair salons, […]

Gilich: Let’s aim to open churches, safely

Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich, who has long said he thinks people want to have a meal in a restaurant and a chance to go to church, said he hopes places of worship can open in Biloxi two weeks from today. The mayor set the goal of May 23-24 after meeting on Friday with a host […]

Gilich OKs Monday opening of barbershops, gyms

Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich this afternoon signed an order allowing salons, barbershops and gyms to open on Monday at 8 a.m., in accordance with an Executive Order issued by the governor today. However, Gov. Tate Reeves’s order places a host of restrictions on salons, barbershop and gyms, some more detailed than the city’s Opening Up […]

Municipal Court resumes Monday morning

Biloxi Municipal Court, which has been postponed since mid-March because of the coronavirus threat, will resume court proceedings Monday beginning at 9 a.m. Court Administrator David Leckich said only people with immediate and direct business with the court will be allowed into the courtroom, in order to comply with social distancing and to maintain a […]

Only half of Biloxi has responded to Census so far

The U.S. Census Bureau, in coordination with federal, state and local health officials, has begun a phased restart of some 2020 Census field operations in select geographic areas, including south Mississippi. And it’s a good thing for Biloxi, where the Census Bureau reports just over half of the households have responded. The national count, which […]

Restaurants getting a final briefing

Staff from the city’s Community Development Department are visiting the city’s 171 licensed restaurants in the city today and over the next day or two to make sure operators are aware of the guidelines for reopening. Department Director Jerry Creel said Code Enforcement officers are confirming that new temporary occupancy limits are displayed and followed […]

Today’s report: Lower state, local numbers; looking at trends

The Mississippi State Department of Health this afternoon says there have been 109 new cases of the virus reported in the past 24 hours throughout the state, but none locally. Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich says he expects to return publoic parks to their normal operating hours this week; however, parks remain open only walking, jogging […]

Today’s update: It’s the last night of curfew

Biloxi’s 11 p.m.-to-5 a.m. curfew ends after tonight, as the downward trajectory of cases continues locally. However, the Mississippi State Department of Health, which reported a record 397 new cases of the coronavirus on Friday, says there have been 229 new cases of the virus reported in the past 24 hours statewide. In Harrison County, […]

City issues new safety guidelines

As the state reported its largest number of coronavirus cases, Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich today announced new safety standards designed to protect public health and safety in Biloxi businesses. The set of guidelines — called “Opening up Biloxi Again” — does not open any businesses not already authorized to open by the governor, but sets […]

Today’s update: Another bump, a look at progress

Harrison County saw another slight uptick in numbers today, and although the pandemic has devastated the economy, construction continues in Biloxi. Community Development Director Jerry Creel discusses the development underway in Biloxi in today’s Be Prepared report. Facebook: See today’s updateYouTube: See today’s updateSee the overall tracking chartSee the daily comparison chartSee the Harrison County 14-day chartSee […]

An uptick in numbers, an uptick in patience

Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich met with a group of restaurteurs today, continuing to familiarize the local business community with expectations that will be in place when operations resume. The mayor also saw the latest numbers – an uptick in the state and in Harrison County in the daily positive cases of the coronavirus – and […]

Today’s update: A new week begins

The state today reports a decrease in new positive coronavirus cases in the past 24 hours while the numbers in Harrison County continued to show a downward trajectory. City employees will be returning to work Monday morning, but non-emergency municipal offices will remain closed to walk-in traffic. Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich plans to have meetings […]

Today update: Seeing the trends, steady as she goes

The latest numbers are out – increases statewide and decreases locally – and the mayor has begun the process of meeting with various segments of the Biloxi business community to set expectations for “Opening Up Biloxi Again.” Today’s Be Prepared report shows the trends in the numbers, the mayor’s views, and there’s a reminder: It’s […]

Gilich: We must stay the course right now

Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich, agreeing with a sentiment that “it’s time to start getting back to normal,” appeared on today’s Be Prepared report with a message: We must stay the course right now. “It’s just like the doctor tells you,” Gilich declared in the five-minute update: “Don’t stop taking your medicine because you’re feeling better. […]

Keesler maintains coronavirus restrictions

Here’s the latest from Col. Heather W. Blackwell, commander of the 81st Training Wing at Keesler Air Force Base in Biloxi: The base has had mitigation measures in place the past seven weeks. We have been deliberate in the actions we’ve taken to restrict the base and do our part to slow the spread of […]

Gilich: It will not be ‘business as usual’

Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich told the Biloxi City Council today that the plan was to consider the guidelines needed to re-open such venues as restaurants and churches as leaders continue to look for a downward trajectory in newly identified cases of the coronavirus. Gilich was involved in an hourlong teleconference with fellow mayors and other […]

Builders moving forward despite COVID-19

Commercial and residential construction continues to move forward despite the coronavirus threat. In fact, in a five-week period from when the pandemic began shutting down the local economy — March 16 through April 20 — the city’s Community Development Department has issued $6.57 million in construction permits. The construction numbers, along with the latest coronavirus […]

Today’s update: A mixed bag of numbers, looking forward

The Mississippi State Department of Health reported a new high water mark – 300 newly identified cases of the coronavirus in the past 24 hours – but no new cases were reported in Harrison County. Today’s Be prepared update has the latest on the numbers, statewide and locally, along with a new graph that compares […]

Today’s update: Remain vigilant

Non-emergency city departments will remain on reduced staffing next week, and today the state reported 181 new cases of the coronavirus were identified in the past 24 hours, including seven in Harrison County. Those are the key messages in today’s Be Prepared video, recorded this afternoon at City Hall. The video also includes Councilmember Paul […]

Governor: Beaches open Monday morning

Gov. Tate Reeves announced today that beaches would open to the public Monday morning, but Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich reminds residents that social distancing should continue to be a part of their routine. The Mississippi State Department of Health, meanwhile, reports today that 169 new cases have been identified statewide in the past 24 hours, […]

Beware! Stimulus checks attract the scammers

Now that federal stimulus checks are beginning to arrive in banks accounts or mailboxes, the Biloxi Police Department is reminding residents to beware of scams. Biloxi Police Chief John Miller, appearing on the city’s daily Be Prepared video, said police have already received a report of an individual trying to cash a bogus $3,600 stimulus […]

Today’s update: Higher numbers, testing and Biloxi

Mississippi saw 273 new COVID-19 cases identified in the past 24 hours, the largest increase since counting began, and there were 25 new cases in Jackson County, according to the latest from the Mississippi State Department of Health. The latest numbers and tracking chart are included in today’s Be Prepared video update, along with information […]

Fire Department nearly back to full staff

The Biloxi Fire Department, which had as many as two dozen firefighters out because of the coronavirus, is expected to be back to full staff this week, except for one firefighter who has recently tested positive for the virus. Biloxi Fire Chief Joe Boney made the announcement this morning during a weekly teleconference among city […]

Today’s update: Still waiting on the eye to pass

The number of coronavirus cases has increased statewide by 139 in the past 24 hours and by more than 1,100 in the past week, bringing the statewide total to 2,781, as the state of emergency, nightly curfew and other measures continue. “We’re waiting on the eye to pass,” Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich has said, but, […]

An important message on a proud anniversary

It was a proud time for Biloxi on this day 50 years ago, when Apollo 13 lifted off from Kennedy Space Center, with Biloxi native Fred Haise aboard as the Lunar Module Pilot. The mission, which lifted off at 1:13 (“13:13” in military parlance) on April 11, 1970, captured the attention of the nation, when, […]

Increase in COVID cases continues statewide

The number of coronavirus cases statewide has increase by more than 460 over the past two days, now up to 2,469, and 82 deaths across the state. Those are the latest numbers included in today’s Be Prepared video update, which also includes a conversation with Pastor Eric Dickey of First Missionary Baptist Church and a […]

The latest: A spike in statewide numbers

The latest numbers show a statewide spike of 257 positive coronavirus cases reported in the last 24 hours, bringing the new total to 2,260 positive cases statewide, and 76 deaths, including nine reported since Wednesday. Those numbers – along with a look at numbers from the three Coastal counties – are among the new information […]

BPD: Property crimes down 51 percent

The Biloxi Police Department reports a 51 percent drop in property crimes compared to this time last year and a 38 percent below the average over the past five years. The nightly curfew and additional police patrols, says Biloxi Police Chief John Miller, are working. “People are staying off the streets,” Miller said, “and that […]

Construction projects humming along

“Both commercial and residential construction continue to boom in Biloxi,” Community Development Director Jerry Creel says, “and as long as construction is continuing, we will issue permits and perform inspections.” The city, despite fears of the coronavirus threat, issued $1.7 million in construction permits two weeks ago, and $2.1 million last week, including permits for […]

City Council meets Tuesday evening

The Biloxi City Council conducts its first-of-the-month night meeting on Tuesday at 6, with an agenda of more than two dozen measures. The meeting, which will be limited to elected leaders and staff as needed, will be streamed live on the city’s website. At the outset of the gathering, Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich will update […]

Today’s update: A look at the numbers

“We haven’t seen the peak yet,” Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich says in today’s Be Prepared video message, “but praying it comes sometimes in the next few weeks.” Gilich, marking the two-week point since the city began the social-media and BTV video updates, today revealed a graph that shows the daily increase in coronavirus cases, statewide […]

Work continues with scaled-back city staff

The city transitions to its emergency staffing levels Monday, with about half of its 650-employee workforce at home on paid administrative leave, and most departments, except for public safety, operating at reduced levels. Many city facilities — recreation centers, public pools, libraries and parks — closed, and other city facilities, such as City Hall, Community […]

Biloxi, others push back on spillway operation

The City of Biloxi is among seven south Mississippi local governments and trade groups pushing back on the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ claims that it has no obligation to look for ways to avoid the shocking environmental damage caused by the recent back-to-back openings of the Bonnet Carre Spillway.  In 2019 the spillway was […]

Police arrest Hiller Park party organizer

Night 1 of the curfew on Thursday night — when travel is supposed to be limited — prompted a number of traffic stops and the dispersing of a crowd at Hiller Park gathered for a party, which was later moved to a residence where Biloxi Police arrested an organizer. Biloxi Police Chief John Miller, appearing […]

City to reduce staffing levels Monday

The City of Biloxi on Monday is shifting to its emergency staffing plan, with about half of the city’s 650 employees sheltering at home on paid administrative leave until recalled to work. However, staffing of first responders in the Biloxi Police and Fire departments and dispatchers in the city’s Communications Center will remain at normal […]

Today’s update: What you need to know

The nightly curfew begins at 11 tonight in Biloxi and surrounding communities, and Biloxi Police Chief John Miller appears on today’s video update to tell you what you need to know. Also, beginning Friday at 5 p.m. with the governor’s order, beaches will be closed; boardwalks and walking trails will be open to individuals. Hear […]

Mayor on curfew, other issues

Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich discusses the upcoming curfew and closures of additional businesses, what it all means, and what he’s seeing, in today’s video message, which was recorded this afternoon at 3:30 at City Hall.Facebook: See the mayor’s messageYouTube: See the mayor’s messageSee the city’s coronavirus updates

Now is the time to be counted

By Nick L. Shrimp “You know,” Slim Smith once said in a previous life, “they talk about the guy who invented the wheel. They say he was pretty smart. I don’t know. I think the guy who invented the axle was pretty smart, too.” And so it is, we come to Census 2020, on this […]

Video update: Latest from mayor and police chief

Biloxi Police are continuing to make extra patrols of closed businesses, Police Chief John Miller says in today’s video update, and police are also looking to disperse any crowd they may encounter. Miller joins Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich in today’s Be Prepared video update, a four-minute report recorded this afternoon at Biloxi City Hall. The […]

Fire Chief: The virus has hit home for me

The authorities are advising no groups of 10 or more, but Fire Chief Joe Boney, in today’s video update, has a question: Why would you want to be in ANY group at this time? Boney said the three Biloxi firefighters who have been found to have the virus are recovering at home. “As I knew […]

Third in fire department tests positive

A third member of the Biloxi Fire Department has tested positive for the coronavirus, Biloxi Fire Chief Joe Boney announced today. “We knew there was a chance of this happening,” Fire Chief Joe Boney said Friday when two initial positives were announced. “We are taking appropriate precautions, and this is in no way impacting our […]

Be careful what you flush

It hasn’t been an issue here, but with the run on toilet paper, paper towels and hand wipes, it’s worth mentioning: “Don’t be tempted to flush those wipes, paper towels, or napkins down the commode,” says Billy Ray Allen, Biloxi’s Public Works director. “They’re likely to clog your sewer pipes, creating a yucky — and […]

Biloxi VA announces two positives

From the Gulf Coast Veterans Health Care System: On March 27, two Gulf Coast Veterans Health Care System employees at the Biloxi VA tested positive for COVID-19. In accordance with CDC guidelines and the employees’ status, the individuals are currently in home isolation, mitigating further risk of transmission to other patients and staff. The Gulf […]

Podcast: Inside the decisions

Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich stopped by the recording of the “City Desk” podcast this afternoon and had answers for lingering questions: Why no curfew? What do you tell people who are feeling stressed? How are YOU handling things? To listen to the 13-minute program — Gilich joins midway through — click here.

Mayor: ‘Act as if you have this virus’

Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich has advice for everyone worried about contracting the coronavirus: Act is as if you already have it. “Everyone, of all ages,” Gilich says in today’s video message, “must act as if they had this virus and stay clear of people and things that could transmit it to others.” The comment was […]

Edgewater Mall to close Sunday

Edgewater Mall will close at the end of business Sunday, with tentative plans to re-open Monday, April 13, 2020. The mall, which had been open to only a handful of its stores, announced that Dillard’s will remain open 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday and from noon to 6 p.m. Sunday. Chick-Fil-A will […]

Mayor’s daily update: Police patrols, latest numbers

The Biloxi Police Department has developed a new team that monitors social distances on the beach during the day and turns into a business watch during the night, making sure that closed businesses are secure. The measure, which police have had in place for a week now, is one of the announcements in Mayor Andrew […]

Keesler confirms three COVID-19 cases

Here is a Keesler status report for Mayor Gilich and other community leaders provided Wednesday at 1 p.m. by Col. Heather W. Blackwell, commander of the 81st Training Wing at Keesler: Before it hits the news, I wanted to let you know Keesler has its first cases of positive COVID-19: an active duty member, a […]

Signs going up; council affirms closures

The Biloxi Fire Department today was posting notices on businesses that social-distancing practices must be respected in order for businesses to remain open.  The signs amplify the message from Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich in his daily video, and follow up on the City Council’s confirmation on Tuesday of an emergency declaration identifying critical infrastructure. “We […]

Gilich: ‘We want to smash that curve’

New signs will be showing up in businesses across the city warning owners and customers that social distancing must be practiced, Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich reported today. Say the signs: “This business is open and will remain so, if these directives are followed: + Practice social distancing (6 feet or more) + No gatherings of […]

Today’s update from Mayor Gilich

The beaches remain open, with limitations, the idea of a round-the-clock curfew has been rejected for the time being, and it’s “business as unusual,” Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich reports in his daily message, recorded this afternoon at City Hall. “Concern about the spread of COVID-19 is still high all over,” Gilich said in the brief […]

Local COVID-19 testing locations identified

The Mississippi State Department of Health has released a list of statewide testing locations. Requirements: These providers require that you have symptoms of COVID-19 in order to be tested: a fever of 100.4 or greater and severe cough or chest pain. Here are the south Mississippi locations: Gulfport Memorial Gulfport 228-867-5000 Memorial Drinkwater Internal Medicine Walk-In Clinic Bay Saint Louis […]

Mayor Gilich has a message for you

The City of Biloxi has launched a new communications tool, “Be prepared,” a daily video message that will be shown on social media platforms and on BTV, the city’s TV channel. “We want to give you accurate information, the things you need to know,” Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich said in the first video message, which […]

The latest from Keesler

The latest from Col. Heather Blackwell, commander of the 81st Training Wing at Keesler. We’ve made some major decisions over the weekend in an effort to keep Keesler’s posture in a proactive stance against the coronavirus.  These changes will have a significant impact on retirees coming onto Keesler so I wanted to ensure you were […]

Unemployment benefits available for impacted workers

Workers in Mississippi unable to work because of the coronavirus will be eligible to file for unemployment benefits, the Mississippi Department of Employment Security has announced. In fact, those displaced can call Sunday between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. if they have questions. The agency has modified its existing unemployment compensation rules to also allow […]

Talk of curfew making the rounds

Harrison County Sheriff Troy Peterson and police chiefs in Harrison County are recommending a two-week, 24-hour curfew beginning Monday night, and Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich said he expects the issue to come up during a Harrison County Board of Supervisors meeting Monday morning. Peterson and the police chiefs suggest the curfew run through April 6 […]

April citywide newsletter online early

“This, too, shall pass, but not just yet,” is the front-page headline in the new issue of the city’s monthly newsletter, which features the latest on coronavirus-related announcements from the city. The April issue of BNews Monthly also contains an explanation of the need for social distancing, the latest on local emergency-response protocols, how to […]

Gilich: Bars, dining rooms must close by midnight

Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich has announced that bars, taverns, lounges and dining rooms of restaurants must close tonight by midnight and until further notice. Gilich made the announcement this evening after teleconferences with mayors and other leaders this afternoon. Other nearby cities have also announced similar measures. Restaurants would be limited to take-out, pickup, delivery, […]

City limits traffic to public buildings

All non-emergency City of Biloxi facilities are essentially closed to walk-in traffic, but city business is being conducted by phone or email. City staff remains working in respective departments, but access to buildings is limited. The Lopez-Quave Public Safety Center and other public safety centers remains open for emergency issues. “These are extraordinary steps, but […]

Council meetings: Watch online only

The City is Biloxi has announced that attendance at meetings of the City Council will be conducted with limited attendance. City Council meetings, which have traditionally been posted online within an hour after their conclusion, will now also be streamed live online, with replays on BTV at 9 a.m., 9 p.m. and 3 p.m. “In […]

Biloxi identifes positive Coronavirus case

Merit Health in Biloxi announced this morning that a patient has been confirmed as having Cornoavirus or COVID-19 The hospital’s statement: “For the last several days, our hospital has been working collaboratively with the Mississippi State Department of Health while testing was completed for a patient who presented our facility with risk factors and symptoms consistent […]

Keesler seeks to limit base traffic

Keesler Air Force Base is asking retirees and veterans to limit travel to the base for essential medical appointment only. “Keeping our training pipeline open is essential to the success of our Air Force,” said Col. Heather Blackwell, commander of the 81st Training Wing. “Stopping the spread of this virus will enable us to continue […]

First responders develop new protocols

Two-thirds of the 7,000 calls to the Biloxi Fire Department in a typical year are medical emergencies, and the threat of the coronavirus means 911 dispatchers will be asking more questions as they roll first responders to calls for help. “It’s really a matter of protecting our first responders and making sure we don’t do […]

City eyes impact of casino closures

“We’re evaluating every aspect of our city finances,” Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich said today, hours after casino resorts in Biloxi and across the state closed to minimize the threat of spreading the coronavirus. The city’s annual budget — about $66 million for operations and another $18 million for water and sewer services — had projected […]

Council meeting to have restricted attendance

The Biloxi City Council will meet Tuesday at 1:30 p.m., but city leaders are asking that only those with pending business before the council attend the meeting since seating will be restricted. The restricted seating also will be enforced during a noon special meeting to consider funding for Coast Transit Authority. All meetings of the […]

Municipal Court cancels sessions for two weeks

Biloxi Municipal Court will not be in session this week, however, the court itself remains open for those scheduled to make payments or perform court-appointed work. An administrative order issued by the court today continues all cases for at least two weeks, through 5 p.m. on Friday, March 27. The order also notes that judges […]

City to declare state of emergency

The City of Biloxi plans to declare a state of emergency during a City Council meeting on Tuesday at 1:30 p.m. The state of emergency and the city’s continuing assessment of standard operating procedures are steps designed to minimize the expected increase in cases of the Coronavirus. The state of the emergency, a measure typically […]

Monday will bring closures, schedule changes

Classes will not be in session this week at Biloxi Public Schools and a number of city facilities, including the Biloxi Natatorium and Donal M. Snyder Sr. Community Center, will be closed as well, as local leaders attempt to reduce the chance for the spread of the coronavirus. Leaders of Biloxi Public Schools, after a […]

Podcast: A rollercoaster of a week

This week’s City Desk podcast reviews the week — huge back-to-back crowds at the ballpark, followed by postponement of weekend events — as community leaders continue to work to diminish the chance of the Coronavirus spreading. The weekly public affairs program, which also focuses on Census 2020 this week, was recorded this afternoon at City […]

Census questionnaires arriving now. Do your part

Official questionnaires from Census 2020 began arriving in mailboxes in Biloxi this week, and Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich is asking Biloxians to make time to respond, either online or using the self-enclosed envelope. The white 10-inch-by-six-inch envelope contains a letter from Census Director Steven D. Dillingham, a Q&A about the census, multi-lingual explanations on how […]

With spike in interest, Biloxi postpones parade, Grillin’

Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich, after consulting with organizers of two weekend events, has announced that the Hibernia Marching Society St. Patrick’s parade and Grillin’ on the Green will be moved to the Fall. Gilich made his decision after organizers of both events reported a significant spike in interest from potential visitors and vendors because other […]

St. Paddy’s parade, Grillin’ remain on schedule

The Hibernia Marching Society’s annual St. Paddy’s Day parade and Main Street’s Grillin’ on the Green are still on schedule for this weekend, but Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich says the city will continue to monitor directives from public health leaders, and the public should continue to take common-sense steps to diminish the spread of the […]

State-Texas Tech attracts 5,700 to MGM Park

Wow. What a way to launch the baseball season at MGM Park. A throng of 5,752 fans were in Biloxi’s downtown ball park Tuesday evening to see the 13th-ranked Mississippi State Bulldogs best No. 2 Texas Tech 6-3. “We put a lot of work into making this happen,” said Hunter Reed, general manager of MGM […]

Ball park opens at 5 for State-Texas Tech

Gates open in less than an hour, at 5 p.m., at MGM Park for the opening game of the Hancock Whitney Classic, with Mississippi State facing Texas Tech, and Biloxi Shuckers GM Hunter Reed says baseball fans will like what they see as Biloxi’s downtown ball park ushers in another season of baseball. “We’ve been […]

State-Texas Tech at MGM Park this week

Baseball returns to MGM Park Tuesday and Wednesday when two perennial powerhouses, Mississippi State and Texas Tech, take part in the Hancock Whitney Classic. The matchup features two teams that have each reached the College World Series in back-to-back season and enter 2020 with high expectations, as the Red Raiders were ranked sixth in the […]

New VA protocols tie up Monday morning traffic

Traffic headed into the Biloxi Veterans Administration grounds was slow-moving and backed up the length of Veterans Avenue, to U.S. 90, at one point this morning as the VA introduced new protocols with the coronavirus in mind. Under the plan, VA staff is questioning those entering the federal grounds about their health, whether they’ve traveled […]

Ward meetings in the works for March

Councilmen Kenny Glavan and Felix Gines have ward meetings coming up. The Ward 6 meeting will be Monday, March 16 at 5:30 p.m. at the Innovation Center, Popp’s Ferry Road. The Ward 2 meeting will be Thursday, March 26 at 5:30 p.m. at the Gruich Center, Howard Avenue. Ward 3 Councilmember Dixie Newman has a […]

Fred Haise: From Biloxi to the moon – and back

Apollo 13 astronaut and Biloxi native Fred Haise has received numerous awards during his storied career, including a Presidential Medal of Freedom, and he says the ones that mean the most to him are those that come from pilots or test pilots, his peers. And some of his most-cherished peers – family and friends from […]

CTA faces key city funding vote Tuesday

Coast Transit unveiled two new trolleys for its East Biloxi Casino Hopper line the other day thanks to $500,000 in state and federal grants, but the agency worries it may have to cut back its Beachcomber line from six days to two days a week if it doesn’t get full funding from the City of […]

BTV: Out with the old, in with the new

March 1 is Sunday, which means a new month of programming on BTV, the city’s municipal TV channel. That also means that the programs airing throughout February will now be available exclusively on the city’s YouTube channel. Among the new programs making their debut on Sunday are a behind-the-scenes story on the events to honor […]

March: St. Paddy’s, Grillin’ and a whole bunch more

The Mardi Gras beads and trinkets have barely been put away, if at all, and it’s time for another parade – with a cookout, to boot. You’ll get a preview of the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Grillin’ on the Green, which take place March 14, in the March issue of BNews Monthly, which […]

Mardi Gras 2020: The follow up

A total of five people – from among a crowd of “every bit of 80,000” – were arrested on Fat Tuesday, reports Police Chief John Miller. “The low number of arrests for a crowd of that size is fantastic,” Miller said. “Over the years, the city has worked to promote our Mardi Gras parades as […]

Gulf Coast Carnival rolls at 1 p.m.

Gulf Coast Carnival Association, with a scheduled lineup of 112 units, rolls at 1 p.m. through downtown Biloxi on Tuesday, Mardi Gras Day, and Biloxi Police Chief John Miller has some advice for paradegoers: “Be safe,” he says. “Be courteous. Be patient. Stay behind the barricades, and if there aren’t any barricades, stay on the […]

Beads and love were in the air for Neptune

Gerald Everett, an officer of the Krewe of Neptune, decided to throw his girlfriend something more than Mardi Gras beads during the krewe’s parade Saturday night in downtown Biloxi. A costumed Everett, standing on the reviewing stand at City Hall, tossed a small black box to his girlfriend, Farris Kay, as her Krewe of Sirens […]

Second Liners roll; Neptune in the wings

The Second Liners parade rolled through downtown Biloxi today in a route that circled dozens of Neptune floats readying for the carnival crew’s 5:30 parade. “It was perfect weather for the parade,” Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich said. “The Second Liners group has come a long way and is celebrating 25 years this year. The members […]

Here’s the traffic plan for Mardi Gras

Mardi Gras weekend has arrived, with two parades in downtown Biloxi on Saturday, leading to the Gulf Coast Carnival Association parade on Tuesday. Biloxi Police, mindful of the tens of thousands of paradegoers in downtown Biloxi, have announced the traffic plans for the parades, and this year the city is publishing the hourly milestones of […]

Safety tips for before, during and after the parades

“Mardi Gras is one of our great cultural celebrations in Biloxi, and we want everyone to have a spirited-yet-safe time,” says Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich. “We ask people to make sure they have a good plan.” Before the parade – Carpool and anticipate traffic delays. Appoint a designated driver. Obey the commands of officers at […]

Nina, Pinta now at Schooner pier

The Nina and Pinta, replicas of Columbus’s ships of discovery, are now available for tours at the Schooner Pier and will be open daily until their departure March 2. Both ships tour together as a “sailing museum” for educating the public and schoolchildren on the “caravel,” a small, fast Spanish or Portuguese sailing ship of […]

Fat Tuesday: Closer by the day

More and more news is coming out about Mardi Gras 2020. The Krewe of Neptune, which rolls Saturday evening, has announced the Ying Yang twins, yes, those of “get Kronk” fame, will be parade grand marshals, and Gulf Coast Carnival Association has begun its preliminary court announcements. Fat Tuesday, of course, is Feb. 25, less […]

Children’s parade rolls through downtown

Record crowds lined Lameuse Street and Howard Avenue this morning to witness the annual Children’s Mardi Gras Walking Parade, where more than 300 children were registered to ride decorated bikes, trikes and other non-motorized vehicles through downtown to City Hall. And youngsters were recognized from more than nearly 50 who registered for the post-parade costume […]

Shoebox float creators honored at City Hall

The winners of the annual Shoe Box Float Contest were recognized at Biloxi City Hall. The annual contest, conceived by the Mardi Gras promoter and educator Ruth Hunt 22 years ago, is designed to spur interest among youngsters in the history and traditions of Carnival. First place winners and their respective schools: Allison Otahal, fourth […]

Short-term rental operators closed, fined

Operators of four unlicensed short-term rentals were fined a total of $200 in Biloxi Community Court this week and ordered to cease operations. Four other cases were resolved before court proceedings began, and three other cases face court dates. “The city took assertive steps to ensure that operators of short-term rental units are complying with […]

It was a week 321 years in the making

Biloxi observed the 321st anniversary of its founding this week, with the day named in honor of longtime local historian Edmond Boudreaux. History and culture were celebrated throughout the week. Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich, in one of the widest ranging interviews of his 56 months in office, spoke about old and present-day Biloxi in an […]

City to pursue short-term rental cases

The City of Biloxi’s Community Court on Wednesday will hear eight cases involving unlicensed short-term rentals operating in the city. The cases involve short-term rentals on Lickskillet Road, Lameuse Street, Southern Avenue, St. Paul Avenue, Kimbrough Boulevard, Gill Avenue, Todd Cove and Howard Avenue. All are either operating in neighborhoods zoned for single families or […]

Tonight, get a sneak peek at history expo

Aficionados of Biloxi and Gulf Coast history are in for a treat. This evening from 5:30 to 7 will be an opening reception for the Art of Keesler and the History of Keesler AFB exhibits at the Biloxi Visitors Center, a pre-cursor to the Gulf Coast Historical and Cultural Expo on Friday and Saturday. All […]

New drainage system handled torrential downpour

More than 4½ inches of rain fell in Biloxi Wednesday, which would have been catastrophic on the muddy streets of east Biloxi a year ago, but city leaders say there were no major drainage issues in the new drainage system under 55 miles of paved streets north of the CSX Railway. Keesler Air Force Base […]

City seeks bids to remove Division Street structures

The city is taking bids on the demolition and removal of nine properties on the west end of Division Street to make way for the new development corridor that will serve as the gateway to Keesler’s new main entrance. “There’s no doubt this new Keesler main entrance is necessary for many reasons,” Mayor Andrew “FoFo” […]

State of the City: Pick your topic

Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich covered nearly two dozen topics during his 28-minute State of the City video presentation last week. Here’s a quick reference to take you directly to the topic: Biloxi Public Schools Boardwalks Bonnet Carre spillway issue Census 2020 Closing credits Daily passenger rail Departmental highlights Downtown restoration Eagle Point Park East Biloxi […]

BTV: A parade of history in February

February 13 marks the 321th anniversary of the explorer Pierre Le Moyne, Sieur d’Iberville setting foot on the shores of present-day Biloxi, and history is front and center this month on BTV, with new and old programs dotting the programming schedule. August Taconi, the longtime photographer and videographer of Biloxi events, dipped into his archives […]

Gilich delivers a 2020 Vision for Biloxi

Biloxi leaders of the past used the year 2020 as a planning benchmark, and now that we’ve reached 2020, Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich told a State of the City audience today, you can see the vision from the past plans becoming reality today. Gilich, in a 28-minute presentation, spoke of new hotels, new restaurants, multi-million-dollar […]

SOTC: A 2020 vision for Biloxi

Here is the prepared text of Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich’s State of the City address, delivered  Jan. 30, 2020 during a Biloxi Bay Area Chamber of Commerce luncheon at the Beau Rivage Resort & Casino.  Opening, from podium Good afternoon and thank you. It’s great to see so many of you here today… Welcome everyone […]

Clydesdales return to Downtown Biloxi Wednesday

The Budweiser Clydesdales will be in Biloxi on Wednesday, and you can get a close-up look at the stately horses and their shiney red beer wagon when the team arrives at City Hall between 6:30 and 6:45 p.m. The Clydesdales, world-renowned as the ambassadors of Budwesier, will be greeted at City Hall by Mayor Andrew […]

City to consider Sound, spillway resolutions

Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich will be asking the City Council next week to approve four measures designed to help avoid a repeat of last summer’s disastrous spillway opening. The mayor also wants to see civic and community groups get involved. The four resolutions have been recommended by the Mississippi Sound Coalition, a group of community […]

MLK celebration marching to Monday

The Coastwide Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration, which began Thursday with a “Power in Pumps” women’s symposium at the Biloxi Visitors Center, continues its march through the weekend with events leading up to Monday, with the MLK parade and Battle of the Bands at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum. “We try to move events around […]

Sound Coalition seeks new legislation

The Mississippi Sound Coalition, a group of local leaders working to avoid a repeat of last summer’s disastrous spillway opening, is asking its member cities and counties to lobby Mississippi’s congressional delegation for help. The coalition, which met Wednesday at the Institute for Marine Mammal Studies in Gulfport, voted to ask local governments in the […]

Cedar-Popp’s fire station to be dedicated Saturday

“Some people may be worried about the weather,” Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich says of the Saturday morning dedication of the city’s new fire station at Cedar-Popp’s, “but, let me tell you, it’s going to be inside, and this station can hold half of Keesler field.” The city on Saturday at 10 a.m. will formally dedicate […]

States of the City: A look back

It’s the first of the year, which means it’s State of the City time, when the Biloxi mayor reports to the public on the city’s program of work. The annual presentation, which Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich will make Jan. 30 in a Biloxi Bay Area Chamber of Commerce luncheon, will be replayed Jan. 31 at […]

A Sound idea: Cities, counties form coalition

By Gerald Blessey Our coastal way of life is threatened. We must stand united to protect it. The 2019 openings of the Bonnet Carré Spillway caused great damage to the Mississippi Sound and our fisheries, tourism and coastal culture. Recognizing the threat of future openings and other man-made damage, Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich asked me […]

New BNews Monthly arrives this week

The city ushers in the New Year this week with the arrival of a January issue of “BNews Monthly” that’s chockfull of news and information about city projects, upcoming special events, and the January lineup for BTV, the city’s municipal TV channel. The 24-page advertiser-supported newsletter, which begins arriving in homes Tuesday, features stories on […]

Gilich praises Congressional delegation for FEMA help

The citizens of Biloxi received a major Christmas present the other day — FEMA reinstating $8.8 million for infrastructure work — and Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich says Mississippi’s Congressional delegation played a major role in the issue. FEMA reinstated $8.8 million in Katrina disaster funds for Biloxi’s infrastructure projects, after the city in August appealed […]

Kirkland resigns from city post

Cliff Kirkland, who worked for three mayors in his 30-year association with Biloxi City Hall, has tendered his resignation in the wake of being arrested for two counts of allegedly touching a child with lustful purposes. Kirkland had served as the city’s Chief of Innovation and Economic Development under Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich, and he […]

North contract: The end is near. Really.

It was a quiet-yet-significant milestone this week when Oscar Renda paving crews laid down the last stretch of base course of asphalt in the nearly 55 miles of infrastructure work north of the CSX railway. The work was at the north end of Forrest Avenue, the several blocks between Bayview and the Keesler gate at […]

Gulf Coast Marathon in town this weekend

About 3,500 runners are expected to take part in the Gulf Coast Marathon Sunday morning, and police will have a number of roadways or traffic lanes closed as the 26.2-mile race makes its way on U.S. 90 from Henderson Point in Pass Christian to Biloxi’s MGM Park. The run, which takes place in the southernmost […]

Mason, firefighters honored for heroics

Deputy Chief Andy Mason, a 24-year veteran of the Biloxi Fire Department, has been awarded one the department’s highest honors, the Phil McCabe Five Bugle Award, an honor named for the department’s first chief and recognizing a member who exemplifies the department motto of “Always Ready with Willing Hearts.” Mason’s award, announced during the fire […]

Holidays, heroes highlight BTV lineup

BTV ushers in the holiday season with a new 20-minute program that gives you a preview and background on the city’s time-honored holiday traditions. The traditions are not unlike the programming on BTV this month – some old and some new. “Christmas Traditions in Biloxi” will tell viewers the story behind the story on the […]

Infrastructure work returning to Howard Avenue

Business owners, residents and those who travel Howard Avenue between Porter Avenue and Hopkins Boulevard can see the telltale signs of road work coming up. City infrastructure contractors last week cut into the asphalt in preparation for the installation of a major sewer line under a 1,500-foot section of the southernmost lane of Howard, in […]

World War II hero to speak at Gold Star ceremony

The city wraps up its three days of ribbon-cutting ceremonies with an event on Saturday that will feature a national hero. World War II Medal of Honor recipient Hershel “Woody” Williams, a Marine corporal who saved countless American lives with his flamethrower in the Battle of Iwo Jima, will be the speaker at the dedication […]

It’s a 10! City puts newest fire station in service

City leaders gathered this morning to formally open the city’s newest fire station, Station 10, which is on Old Highway 67 and will serve the Cedar Lake and East Woolmarket areas. The new station, which is expected to reduce response times north of the Bay, will currently be manned ’round the clock by three firefighters […]

Trio of ribbon cuttings planned this week

World War II Medal of Honor recipient Hershel “Woody” Williams, a Marine corporal who saved countless American lives with his flamethrower in the Battle of Iwo Jima, will be the speaker at the dedication this week of the Gulf Coast Gold Star Families Memorial Monument on Saturday at Guice Veterans Memorial Park in Biloxi. The […]

Coast developer seeks casino resort OK for Tivoli site

Biloxi Capital, a firm involving Coast developer Danny Conwill, today published its Notice of Intent to apply for gaming site approval for a 30-acre tract of land in East Biloxi that it purchased in 2005-2006 for more than $40 million.  In 2007, the city designated this beachfront property on U.S. 90 as zoned for gaming. […]

Hard Freeze Warning issued for this evening

The cold blast Biloxi residents woke up to today will cause a hard freeze this evening and into the morning, with temperatures as low as 24 expected overnight. The National Weather Service has issued a Hard Freeze Warning, from 8 this evening until 8 Wednesday morning. The freeze, forecasters say, is expected to last 10 […]

Point Cadet Marina project awarded $3 million grant

Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich’s proposed expansion and upgrade of Point Cadet Marina received a major boost from Gov. Phil Bryant Tuesday when the governor announced a $3 million RESTORE Act grant to help jumpstart the project. Bryant announced 15 Coastwide grants totaling $53.2 million, and cited Biloxi’s award as an important piece of Gilich’s East […]

City seeks to save oak in Azalea neighborhood

The city is hoping to save a decades-old live oak that residents had wanted removed while infrastructure workers were in the area. Over the years, the tree on Azalea Drive just south of Irish Hill had begun to encroach on Azalea Drive and limited the line of sight at the intersection. In fact, the issue […]

Gilich updates status on Popp’s Ferry corridor

Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich spoke about the city’s efforts to see a new Popp’s Ferry bridge during his Breakfast with the Mayor presentation this week, and, like clockwork, hours later phones began ringing in the city’s Engineering Department, a clearinghouse for all public and private construction undertakings in the city. “People who live on Popp’s […]

New sidewalks being installed along Southern Avenue

City contractors are installing about a half-mile of new sidewalks along Camellia, Southern and Iris in West Biloxi. The four-foot sidewalks will be from U.S. 90, along the west side of Camellia Avenue to Southern Avenue, on the south side of Southern Avenue to Iris, and on the east side of Iris to just south […]

Infrastructure work expands to area of Point Cadet

The city’s massive infrastructure project, which is in the final phases on the $130 million north contract and midway through $25 million worth of infrastructure work in neighborhoods south of the railway just west of downtown, is expanding to the east end of Biloxi’s peninsula. A $10.5 million, 550-day contact has been awarded to Lane […]

Weekend preview: First Friday, Peter Anderson and more

It may be a bit nippy outside, but it’s also First Friday, signaling the first-of-the-month gathering in downtown Biloxi, and there’s hot chili. During the 5:30 to 8 p.m. downtown street party, primarily on Rue Magnolia, visitors will find a chili cookoff, as well as music by Brandon Kenyon and Nevin Applewhite. There’s also a […]

BTV’s November lineup now playing

Three new programs – the storied history of Edgewater, a preview of the new Mardi Gras Museum and a tour of the Kroc Center – make their debut today on BTV: Biloxi Television and will run daily throughout the month. The trio of programs join updates of monthly segments on infrastructure work in East Biloxi […]

Plan in works to bore under burial site

Federal environmental and historic preservation authorities, engineers and contractors met Wednesday at the site of human bones discovered a year and a half ago just south of the Biloxi City Cemetery and decided that the large water line being installed north of U.S. 90 must be installed below the known grave site and 10 other […]

November newsletter due out this week

Biloxi’s eight casinos took in $883.5 million in the just-concluded fiscal year, the highest gross gaming revenue figure in a decade. That news, which caught the attention of columnist Nick L. Shrimp, is one of the dozen or so features in the November issue of the citywide newsletter, BNews Monthly, which is due this week […]

Weather service: A wet weekend on tap

The National Weather Service is warning of a risk of heavy rainfall across south Mississippi through tonight. They issued a Hazardous Weather Outlook, a Coastal Flood Advisory, and, for a period earlier this morning, a tornado watch was in effect. Forecasters say the wet conditions — 2 to 4-inch rainfall totals expected – will continue […]

Openings, closings for White Avenue, Forrest gates

Keesler has announced that its main gate at White Avenue will be open to traffic beginning Monday, and motorists who use the Forrest Avenue gate at Meadows Drive will face a detour that is expected to last a month. Forrest Avenue will be closed from Meadows to Bayview as city contractors install new water, sewer […]

Cemetery tour encore is this evening

More than a thousand people turned out Sunday for the annual Old Biloxi Cemetery Tour and organizers say the turnout for the second tour, which is this evening from 5 to 7, is typically larger than the Sunday audience. “It was great to see the interest people had on Sunday,” said Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich, […]

City may sell vacant Magnolia Hotel

The Magnolia Hotel, which has been called “the oldest tangible reminder of the early days of the resort industry in Biloxi, and, as such, one of the most historic buildings on the Mississippi Gulf Coast,” is going back on the tax rolls. The city, which has leased the vacant three-story wood-frame structure to a developer […]

Enter Hiller from Atkinson for Halloween gathering

One of the city’s most popular events, Halloween at Hiller Park, takes place this evening from 6 to 8, and those attending must use the Atkinson Road to enter the park. “We want everyone to enjoy the event, but you must enter from the west end of the park, at Atkinson Road,” said Sherry Bell, […]

Keesler: White Avenue gate closed until Oct. 28

White Avenue is open to two-way traffic from Irish Hill to U.S. 90, city infrastructure contractors report, but Keesler says the base’s main gate will remain closed to motorists and pedestrians until Oct. 28. To accommodate increased traffic at other gates, Keesler is keeping the Pass Road and Meadows Road gates open 24 hours a […]

Get a preview tonight of upcoming cemetery tours

The annual Old Biloxi Cemetery Tours will be Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m. and Tuesday, Oct. 22 from 5 to 7 p.m. However, you can get a preview of this year’s tour in a free program this evening at 5:30 at the Slavonian Lodge, 159 Maple St., Biloxi. Theme of the program this evening, […]

Relax. Know it’s going to be a slow-moving weekend

“We’re hoping people are going to be calm because it’s going to be slow-moving traffic on Highway 90 and other major thoroughfares this weekend, and it’s going to be all weekend,” Biloxi Police Chief John Miller said today as another record-breaking Cruisin’ The Coast heads into the final weekend. Miller said Biloxi Police expect between […]

Active shooter drill planned at North Bay

Residents and businesses near North Bay Elementary School may hear a commotion – fire alarms, sirens and possibly gunfire – Friday morning as part of a Biloxi Public Schools training exercise to help keep schools safe. Students will not be on campus Friday because of a fall holiday. The active shooter drill is scheduled to […]

Cruisin’ 2019: Earlier arrivals and smoother rides

It’s that time of year again when thousands of cars and car aficionados saturate the beachfront highway and adjoining thoroughfares for the fun-filled, week-long event, Cruisin’ The Coast. Car enthusiasts parade their antique, classic, hot rod and custom vehicles along U.S. 90 and stop at various venues to enjoy entertainment, cruise-ins, sock-hops and more for […]

Ohr Fest celebrates a Biloxi genius

Festivals and community gatherings come and go with any given weekend on the Biloxi Town Green, but this weekend it promises to be “unequaled and unrivaled.” It’s Ohr Fest 2019, the event that pays tribute to the life and times of George Ohr, Biloxi’s and the world’s most famous potter and promoter, self-proclaimed, of course. […]

Community Bank begins construction at new downtown site

The city issued a $5.8 million building permit to Community Bank last week, and time is not a wastin’: A construction trailer has been moved on the prominent downtown site at Lameuse and Howard, and construction fencing is going up. “I would consider the bank ‘under construction’ at this point,” said Leslie Kelley, senior vice […]

Frustration continues at Popp’s Ferry Bridge

Wow, so what’s up with this Popp’s Ferry Bridge, besides the span? The bridge has had four traffic-detouring issues in the past nine days, frustrating many of the 20,000 motorists who travel the West Biloxi roadway on an average day. The bridge caused traffic detours in two instances today, once for a span stuck in […]

Seats now available for Biloxi First roast of Tisdale

Paul Tisdale, a longtime education leader and civic leader and second-term Biloxi City Councilman, will be the honoree at this year’s Biloxi First Roast, which takes place Oct. 24 at the IP Casino Resort. Reservations – $50 for individuals or up to $1,000 for a reserved table of 10 – are now being taken. Deadline […]

BTV unveils October lineup on Tuesday

By Nick L. Shrimp So, have you figured out BTV yet? We’re still working on it ourselves, this two-month-old municipal TV channel. To be sure, it’s a government channel, with a healthy dose of replays of City Council meetings and other public affairs programming, but you’ll also see a slant towards Biloxi’s history and culture. […]

Governor awards $5.9 million for Biloxi waterfront projects

Governor Phil Bryant this afternoon directed $5.9 million of Mississippi oil and gas royalties to the City of Biloxi to fund ambitious waterfront enhancement projects on east beach and Back Bay. Biloxi’s two grants are part of Bryant’s 2019 GOMESA projects funded by the state portion of leases for energy exploration in the Gulf of […]

Oscar Renda seeks final OK for all areas east of Lee

OK, so what’s up with the “north project,” where Oscar Renda Contracting has been pushing for a November or December “substantial completion,” and some had hoped for Thanksgiving as a fitting conclusion? It’s looking more like the end of the year, the contractor says, before pipes on the four remaining streets can be installed and […]

Citywide newsletter has your October preview

The October issue of the city’s monthly newsletter will be making its way to mailboxes across the city Saturday and Monday, and it’s a capacity of 24 pages, with more than a dozen stories and features about community events, issues and history. BNews Monthly has previews of Cruisin’ The Coast, the downtown Biloxi Block Party […]

Congressional delegation: FEMA reversal is ‘unacceptable’

Mississippi Sens. Roger F. Wicker and Cindy Hyde-Smith, and Reps. Steven M. Palazzo of south Mississippi and Benny G. Thompson of the Delta have all notified FEMA that the decision to retroactively deny $15.5 million in infrastructure funding for Biloxi is “unacceptable” and should be reversed. The letter, dated Sept. 13 and sent to Acting […]

Biloxi houses saved from wrecking ball

The commercial corridor on Division between I-110 and the new Keesler gate at Forrest means some decades-old Biloxi houses on Division have to be demolished. “Or do they?” asked Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich. Instead of demolishing five vacant houses — one without a roof — the Gilich Administration floated the idea of relocating the homes. […]

See 1951 Biloxi on the silver screen Thursday

The monthlong, modern-day history lesson involving the 1951 Biloxi-set, half-hour documentary “Social Change in a Democracy”, is beginning to reveal more information about the production, which today showcases rare video of myriad Biloxi locales and people. The black-and-white documentary, which a five-man film crew shot in Biloxi over three week in July 1951, was actually […]

New Biloxi schools program has the inside story

Students attending Biloxi Public Schools can earn 36 hours in college credits, they’ll also see the benefits of a new cafeteria program called “farm to school,” and they have a chance to take part in a wealth of fine arts programs in all schools in the district. Those are the highlights of a new program […]

Biloxi schools excel in state accountability results

The Mississippi Department of Education accountability results are in and the Biloxi Public School District remains one of the top achievers in the state.  The district has again achieved an “A” rating, with Biloxi Junior High School being ranked the highest in south Mississippi. A host of other Top 10 and Top 5 rankings were […]

Bay Vista tank repairs begin, end this week

A city contractor this week is expected to patch a dime-size hole causing water to escape from the city’s million-gallon elevated water tank on Pass Road at the Bay Vista Fire Station. The leak was reported Wednesday to the city’s Public Works Department, and a contractor is expected to begin work on repairs as early […]

FY 2020 budget: Inside the numbers

Here are the documents associated with the FY 2020 municipal budget. The City Council approved the budget during a special-called, 28-minute meeting Tuesday evening. Overview by Chief Administrative Officer Mike LeonardCombined Funds StatementCapital projectsDepartmental summariesDiscretionary spendingVideo: See the City Council meeting

Be a part of the home-field advantage tonight

By Hunter Reed, Biloxi Shuckers General Manager The Shuckers are back in the Southern League Championship with a chance to achieve something no prior Shuckers team has done, win a title, but we’ll need a real home-field advantage tonight and tomorrow to help make that happen.  We need you, everyone reading this, to come out […]

Shuckers launch title run Tuesday at MGM Park

By Garrett Greene, Biloxi Shuckers With their season on the line, the Biloxi Shuckers (85-59, 3-2 Playoffs) put together a five-run rally in the bottom of the eighth inning to top the Pensacola Blue Wahoos (78-66, 2-3) 8-4 Sunday evening at MGM Park and win the 2019 South Division Title. Biloxi secures its second consecutive […]

Council to revisit city budget Tuesday

Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich on Tuesday will again be asking the Biloxi City Council, which has final say on city spending, to OK a municipal budget for Fiscal Year 2020, which begins Oct. 1. Gilich had hoped the budget would be approved at a meeting earlier this week, but councilmembers wanted to take another look […]

Community breaks new ground in downtown

Community Bank has broken ground on its new Biloxi presence, a three-story, 15,000-square foot facility that will be in the heart of downtown Biloxi, at Lameuse Street and Howard Avenue. “It’s exciting to see this much anticipated plan take the next step in coming to fruition,” said Eric Chambless, president of Community Bank’s Mississippi Coast […]

Shuckers host Blue Wahoos tonight in Game 1 of playoffs

The Biloxi Shuckers, wrapping up the regular season with a franchise record 82 wins, begin the 2019 Southern League Playoffs tonight, facing the Pensacola Blue Wahoos in the best-of-five South Division Championship Series. The Shuckers will host the Wahoos in a second game Thursday before the series moves to Pensacola. First pitch for the MGM […]

City seeks proposals for removal of Division Street structures

The city is giving a few more days to those interested in either demolishing or moving six structures on Division Street west of I-110. The city is seeking proposals for six structures – five houses and one office building – which have been acquired by the city as part of the commercial corridor that is […]

September newsletter arrives Friday, Saturday

The latest issue of BNews Monthly, the citywide newsletter, begins arriving in homes and businesses across the city on today and Saturday. The 20-page publication devotes nearly five pages to the East Biloxi infrastructure project, including nine detailed maps showing the progress. Also included is a four-page September community calendar, which spotlights the upcoming Biloxi […]

Camille documentary debuts tonight on MPB

That new documentary about Hurricane Camille, “Camille: The Original Monster Storm,” has its world television premiere on Mississippi Public Broadcasting Television this evening at 8, with an encore presentation on Sunday afternoon at 4. The hour-long documentary, which had its world premiere in Biloxi a week ago, was produced for the Southern Documentary Project at […]

BTV marks Katrina anniversary with ‘new’ video

A host of never-before-aired Katrina video will be included in special programming airing on BTV today, Thursday and Friday to mark the 14th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, which decimated Biloxi and the Mississippi Gulf Coast on Aug. 29, 2005. The city’s award-winning “Katrina & Biloxi,” its follow-up “Katrina +10,” and “RU Ready,” the city’s storm-preparedness […]

Sports Hall of Fame welcomes new class — 2019

A crowd of more than 500 was on hand Sunday at the Biloxi Civic Center to see the city induct 13 new members into the Biloxi Sports Hall of Fame. High school and college football coach John Williams and former Indians basketball star Seber Windham, who now coaches at Biloxi High School, were among an […]

Rail crossings on agenda Tuesday

The Biloxi City Council on Tuesday is expected to formally approve an agreement that will see the Nixon and Delauney streets rail crossings closed in several weeks, but that didn’t keep an 18-wheeler from becoming snagged at the Nixon Street crossing this morning, blocks from the deadly Main Street train-bus collision a year ago. Biloxi […]

White House to present interactive Biloxi history lesson

Principal photography was completed this morning at the White House Hotel for a month-long BTV presentation premiering in September, a 90-minute special involving the 1950s documentary filmed in Biloxi called “Social Change in a Democracy.” The presentation, which will be multi-media and interactive, will ask viewers to help identify people and places in the nearly […]

North contract continues down home stretch

By Nick L. Shrimp OK, it’s a dumpster fire. We get that. But there’s no denying that this massive project known as “the North Contract,” where these 55 miles of roads have been in turmoil, some would have you believe, since before construction began five years ago, is near the end. Here’s a fact: There […]

School board seeks input in superintendent search

The Biloxi school board wants feedback from all stakeholders in the search for a new superintendent to lead Biloxi Public Schools, and the board’s search consultant, the Mississippi School Boards Association, will facilitate three stakeholder meetings on Sept. 5. The meetings are to gather input from specific groups regarding the qualifications and characteristics that the […]

Community Bank ready to break ground

Community Bank has set Thursday, Sept. 5 as the day ground will be broken on its new Biloxi presence, a three-story, 15,000-square foot facility that will be in the heart of downtown Biloxi, at Lameuse Street and Howard Avenue. “We are proud to be a part of Biloxi, having been a member of this community […]

Council faces full agenda this afternoon

The Biloxi City Council faces an agenda of more than three dozen issues when members gather this afternoon at 1:30 at City Hall. Among the measures: first reading of ordinances to create an historic district on Division Street from I-110 to the new Keesler gate and to expand downtown zoning to stretch to Porter Avenue, […]

Camille at 50: Something old, something new

Memorials, gatherings, TV specials and the world premiere of a new Camille documentary will help mark this weekend’s 50th anniversary of Hurricane Camille decimating Biloxi and the Mississippi Gulf Coast. It was on a Sunday night, just before midnight, on Aug. 17, 1969, that Camille, a Category 5 storm, came ashore, killing 143 people along […]

Shuckers open BayBears series

The Biloxi Shuckers return to MGM Park for their penultimate regular-season series as they take on the Mobile BayBears in a homestand that begins tonight and runs through Saturday. Baseball fans will find another T-shirt Tuesday, a jersey auction and a tote bag giveaway as part of a loaded five-game series at MGM Park. See […]

City updates gaming revenue figures

The city’s Finance Division has released the latest gaming report, a compilation based on collections made by the state. Since July of 1992 (licensing fees were collected a month before the first casino opened), the Biloxi casino market has generated: $20.2 billion in gross gaming revenue $2.47 billion in total state and local taxes […]

U.S. 90 asphalt work completes Week 1

“It’s going real well so far,” Joel Moody of Warren Paving said today of Week 1 of paving work on U.S. 90 in Biloxi. “We’re exceeding our baseline production, almost doubling it in fact.” Moody, however, knows more labor-intensive work is ahead, especially from I-110 to the Biloxi Bay Bridge, which will begin in a […]

A video primer: Inside the city budget talks

The City Council, winding down the process to draft a 2020 spending plan, will conduct another in a series of budget meetings Monday at 1:30 at City Hall. During the session, which is open to the public, councilmembers and Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich will work to draft a 2020 budget, a blueprint that guides city […]

U.S. 90 paving work begins tonight at DeBuys

Warren Paving, the firm that is putting tons of asphalt on city roadways in East Biloxi, has also begun a project to pave all of U.S. 90 in Biloxi. Joel Moody, Warren’s Gulf Coast division manager, reports that paving is scheduled to begin this evening on U.S. 90 at DeBuys Road, eastbound lanes. The plan […]

BTV now in Sparklight and Uverse homes

It’s official: Every morning at 6 o’clock, Rockin’ Ray Fournier and his rendition of his original tune “Down in Biloxi” launch BTV: Biloxi Television, the city’s new government channel, which is carried in Biloxi on Sparklight 56 on Uverse 99. “We kick off the day at 6 a.m. (and every day of the month) with […]

Batter up! Biloxi Night is Wednesday at MGM Park

The Biloxi Shuckers celebrate all things Biloxi this Wednesday at 6:35 p.m. when the City of Biloxi is featured as part of the minor league baseball team’s One Coast series. Biloxi Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich, former Major Leaguer Barry Lyons and local root beer scion “Bones” Barq will toss ceremonial first pitches. Hundreds of airmen […]

August newsletter arrives this week across Biloxi

The city’s August newsletter arrives in home and businesses across the city in the next day or two, and it’s chockfull of news about a variety of major projects and the most advertising in the newsletter’s 18 months. BNews Monthly for August, at 20 pages, includes a status report on East Biloxi infrastructure (Oscar Renda […]

Budget workshop planned for Monday

City leaders will conduct their third budget workshop Monday at 3 p.m. in a drive to craft a budget to fund city operations for the next year, come Oct. 1. During the Monday session, which will be at City Hall and is open to the public, councilmembers and Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich are expected to […]

BTV weekend: The ‘B’ is for budget

More than five hours of City Council meetings will be playing on BTV daily through the weekend on BTV at these times: 12:30 p.m. – Initial budget meeting, from July 15, where revenue projections were discussed. (66 minutes) 8:30 p.m. – Tuesday’s regular council meeting, with issues of panhandling, infrastructure. (54 minutes) 9:25 p.m. – […]

Oscar Renda: Thanksgiving may be D-Day

Oscar Renda Contracting says it’s aiming to have the “north contract” substantially complete around Thanksgiving, meaning “all major items of work to be complete.” “I’d like to see us reach the substantial completion point in November and certainly no later than December,” said Jennifer Matranga of Oscar Renda Contracting. The $128 million project began five […]

Dirt turned at future spot of Gold Star Families monument

Ground was broken this morning for the new Gold Star Families Memorial Monument during a ceremony at Guice Park, north of the Biloxi Small Craft Harbor. “We are excited to add another monument to the park and to honor those who lost loved ones in combat,” Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich said. “Through the partnership with […]

Barry expected to soak the weekend

Get ready for a wet weekend, as Tropical Storm Barry is expected to continue its movement toward the west-northwest today before making an eventual turn to the north-northwest early Saturday. “We’re expecting this to primarily be a rain event for Biloxi, so prepare accordingly and continue to monitor your local weather reports,” Mayor Andrew “FoFo” […]

Registration coming up for Biloxi Public Schools

By Jennifer Pyron, Biloxi Public Schools It’s registration time for Biloxi Public Schools. We’ve gathered all the important info that you’ll need to make sure your student is ready to go on the first day of school.  Online registration begins Monday, July 15 and is available on the Biloxi Public Schools website.  Returning students should […]

Sparklight giving away $3,000 in student aid

Sparklight, formerly Cable ONE, is giving three service area residents $3,000 to use toward Fall 2019 tuition through its Going Places social media campaign. Students ages 17 and older enrolled in an institution of higher education for Fall 2019 and who either live in or attend school in Sparklight communities can enter simply by sharing […]

Biloxi declares state of emergency

Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich and the Biloxi City Council declared a state of emergency in Biloxi this afternoon, a measure that authorizes the mayor to do all things necessary to deal with the expected torrential downpour from Tropical Storm Barry. “We’re expecting more severe thunderstorms,” said Andy Mason Biloxi Fire Department Deputy Chief of Operations. […]

First responders, council meetings highlight BTV lineup

The city’s Police and Fire departments are in the spotlight this week on BTV: Biloxi Television, the city’s municipal TV channel, and you’ll also find a trio of recent City Council meetings where several major issues were discussed. Every day this week, BTV carries replays of the annual awards ceremonies for the Biloxi Police and […]

Threatening weather may be on horizon

They say there’s an 80 percent chance of tropical cyclone development in the northern Gulf later in the week — and it’s coming from Georgia. Local weather authorities, who advise caution in the continuing 90-degree temperatures, say a trough of low pressure over central Georgia will move southward toward the northeastern Gulf later this week, […]

Gold Star Families Memorial headed for Guice Park

Biloxi’s Guice Park, located on U.S. 90 at the Biloxi Small Craft Harbor, will soon have a new monument.  Joining the current World Wars monument, Purple Heart monument and USS Biloxi memorial will be the Gulf Coast Gold Star Families Memorial.  The Gold Star Families Memorial honors the patriotism and sacrifice of the families who […]

City receives East Biloxi convention center report

The City of Biloxi on Monday afternoon received a 146-page analysis of whether a convention center should be considered for East Biloxi, amidst thousands of existing hotel rooms, and where it should be located. The 146-page report was commissioned by Southern Mississippi Planning and Development District and compiled by Conventions, Sports & Leisure International. The […]

Take 2: Another night of BTV testing

Biloxi native Mary Ann Mobley, Miss America 1959, tells the story of the Biloxi Lighthouse in a 2004 documentary airing this evening on BTV: Biloxi Television, the city’s burgeoning TV channel now carried on Sparklight (formerly Cable One) Channel 56 in Biloxi. In all, nearly six hours of programming are scheduled to air as part […]

Council to get new look at Margaritaville

It probably won’t be discussed when the City Council meets Tuesday night, but the council’s agenda includes an update on plans for the much-anticipated expansion of Margitaville resort and hotel property in East Biloxi. Developers, in their first official notice to councilmembers, are seeking a Master Plan Amendment, which will outline locations of the new […]

July Fourth: Fireworks lineup and other info

A trio of fireworks shows will herald the Fourth of July in Biloxi. The first show will be on Wednesday at MGM Park, when the Shuckers, who will be wrapping up a homestand against the Mobile BayBears, will present their largest fireworks show of the year. The city-sponsored front beach show, which is supported by […]

BTV testing: A night of programming tonight

Biloxi native Mary Ann Mobley, Miss America 1959, tells the story of the Biloxi Lighthouse in a 2004 documentary airing this evening on BTV: Biloxi Television, the city’s burgeoning TV channel now carried on Sparklight (formerly Cable One) Channel 56 in Biloxi. In all, nearly six hours of programming are scheduled to air as part […]

What? Biloxi’s closed? Au contraire, mon ami

(The writer is a columnist in BNews Monthly, the citywide newsletter mailed to all Biloxi residents and businesses. The nom de plume is a homage to the late Walter Fountain, original olde crab, longtime editor of the Biloxi-D’Iberville Press, and longtime Biloxi Chamber of Commerce manager.) By Nick L. Shrimp So I’m minding my own […]

City issues latest water quality report

The latest report card on the quality of water the city delivers to its customers is out, and it’s good news. Annual testing of the city’s water systems over the past year shows that municipal water customers in Biloxi are receiving water that “meets or exceeds all federal and state requirements.” The annual report, mandated […]

Unregistered trash, recycling carts to vanish

The city months ago rounded up more than a hundred residential garbage carts because they were not associated with an account, and more unregistered carts will be removed as early as this week, says Biloxi Chief Administrative Officer Mike Leonard. The city collects $14.33 a month for weekly garbage, trash and recycling service from about […]

WLOX to recognize Biloxi police chief

Biloxi Police Chief John Miller, who WLOX says has been “a source of compassion and strength not only for Biloxi but all of South Mississippi” in the wake of the tragic murder of Biloxi Police Officer Robert McKeithen, will be profiled tonight as part of the TV station’s “South Mississippi Strong” series. The segment will […]

Municipal league in town, aiming for a home run

More than 3,000 people, elected leaders from across the state, exhibitors and presenters are in town for several days for the annual Mississippi Municipal League summer conference, one of the state’s largest annual conventions. “The MML Annual Conference is the largest association conference held in the state each year,” said Shari T. Veazey, executive director […]

Scrapin: Another year in the books

Scrapin the Coast bills itself as “the wildest show on the Coast,” and Biloxi Police say the 2019 edition, which attracted tens of thousands to Biloxi roadways Friday through Sunday, lived up to the billing. The crowd count is not in yet – police forecasted 25,000 beforehand, while the promoter predicted 40,000 – but Mike […]

Cones down; 25,000 expected for Scrapin

Public Works crews this morning placed traffic cones in the center lanes of U.S. 90 in the 7 miles from I-110 and DeBuys Road signaling the big news for beachfront motorists: Scrapin the Coast 2019 has arrived. The annual three-day show, now in its 17th year at the Coast Coliseum, attracts a decidedly younger demographic than […]

City opens door to private interest in Saenger

The Gilich administration, following up on suggestions from the public and members of the City Council, is seeking proposals from the private sector as an option to move forward with restoration and operation of the city-owned historic Saenger Theatre. The city this week published a Request for Proposals seeking interest from developers who could be […]

Summertime means more paving in east Biloxi

The East Biloxi infrastructure work — the arduous process of replacing, restoring, relocating and repaving about 60 miles of city streets — continues its grueling pace. Oscar Renda Contracting, the firm responsible for about 55 miles of work north of the CSX railway, has asphalt going down on two dozen streets, while also continuing to […]

In East Biloxi, summertime means faster pace of paving

The East Biloxi infrastructure work — the arduous process of replacing, restoring, relocating and repaving about 60 miles of city streets — continues its grueling pace. Oscar Renda Contracting, the firm responsible for about 55 miles of work north of the CSX railway, has asphalt going down on two dozen streets, while also continuing to […]

BTV moves a step closer on Cable One

Testing of BTV: Biloxi Television, the city’s burgeoning government channel, continues on Channel 56 on Cable One in Biloxi. Here is the programming scheduled today through Monday: “RU Ready,” the storm-preparedness presentation held this month at the Maritime & Seafood Industry Museum, airs each day at 8:30 a.m., noon, 3:30 and 7 p.m. The program, […]

Tree Committee seeks members from Wards 6, 7

The City of Biloxi Tree Committee is seeking representatives for Wards 6 and 7, as Representatives Bernie Marinovich and Brian Lamar are stepping down. Tree Committee members say the ideal candidate understands Biloxi’s need to balance tree conservation with development. Requirements include attendance at regular monthly meetings either in person or telephonically, participation in site […]

Delegation discusses spillway issue in White House meeting

Biloxi Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich joined four other Coast mayors and several municipal leaders in a White House meeting Wednesday afternoon to discuss impacts to the Mississippi Sound caused by the ongoing intrusion of river water through the Bonnet Carre Spillway. Gilich and the Coast contingent met with representatives from the Administration, the U.S. Army […]

MDOT begins U.S. 90 work in Biloxi

MDOT crews closed the westbound left lane of U.S. 90 today at White Avenue for drainage improvements as part of a repaving project on the state highway. Work and the lane closure at White Avenue are expected to continue until Friday, followed by similar pipe replacement work on U.S. 90 at Acacia Drive, Rodenburg Avenue […]

Council approves Bertucci Park development

The Biloxi City Council today OK’d Phase 1 of a 43-acre mixed-use development that will be on Popp’s Ferry Road at Atkinson Road, after weeks of discussion and comments from nearby residents. The project, known as Bertucci Park, will provide 107 market-rate homes, 60 condominium units, and 70,000-square feet of commercial and retail shopping space. […]

Latest state report shows impact of Biloxi casinos

Ever wonder how much money the Biloxi casino market generates in gaming taxes? And where that money goes? The latest numbers are in, and have been published by the city’s Finance Division. Last month, according to the report public today, Biloxi’s casinos had gross gaming revenue of $78.1 million. Taxes paid: $6.2 million to the […]

Daily Amtrak service: 24 months away?

Daily passenger rail service between New Orleans and Mobile could begin in 24 months, thanks to a $33 million grant announced today by Sen. Roger Wicker. The $33 million will join the $30 million in pledges the Southern Rail Commission has assembled to make the $60 million in rail improvements needed to accommodate passenger rail […]

Six Shuckers named to all-star squad

The clouds are out today, but the stars will be shining next week. Six Biloxi Shuckers have been named to the 2019 Southern League South Division All-Star team, the Southern League announced today. First baseman Patrick Leonard, third baseman Weston Wilson, shortstop Luis Aviles Jr. and designated hitter Trent Grisham will be part of the […]

Take heed; wet weather delays Billfish

Biloxi and the surrounding area are under a host of weather advisories until later this evening, and the dreary weather, which is expected to continue through the weekend, is changing plans for the Mississippi Gulf Coast Billfish Classic Tournament, the upscale deep-sea fishing event hosted at Point Cadet Marina. A flash flood watch is in […]

Oscar Renda hits paving milestone

Oscar Renda Contracting, the firm overseeing the lion’s share of infrastructure work now underway in East Biloxi, says a record 8,500 tons of asphalt was placed on the streets of East Biloxi this month. Jennifer Matranga, Oscar Renda’s project manager, says the amount — which required over 566 dump truck loads of asphalt — is […]

City newsletter, storm season on the way

June 1 marks the beginning of hurricane season each year, and Biloxi residents and business owners will be receiving a host of preparedness information in the new edition of the city’s monthly newsletter. The June issue of “BNews Monthly,” with 24 pages of information, is expected to arrive in mailboxes and PO boxes across the […]

Gilich, mayors discuss Bonnet Carre issue

Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich told a meeting of Coast mayors this morning that a united front is needed to work with state and federal partners on solutions to the negative impacts from unprecedented dual openings of Louisiana’s Bonnet Carre Spillway. “We’re looking for facts and solutions, and we’re going to work together to find a […]

A farewell video: ‘Salute to a Fallen Brother’

You’ve heard about the heartfelt eulogy by Biloxi Police Chief John Miller and the 11-mile long funeral procession of police vehicles for slain Biloxi Police Officer Robert McKeithen, and now you can appreciate the emotion of the day in a farewell look published by the city today. Videographer Renny Sherman interviewed many of the visiting […]

Robert McKeithen was the epitome of a good cop

Comments by Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich at the funeral of Biloxi Police Officer Robert McKeithen, delivered May 13, 2019 at First Baptist Church of Biloxi. To Pamela McKeithen and the McKeithen family, Chief John Miller and the Biloxi Police Department family, the law enforcement family, to the family and friends here today: I am very […]

Funeral home announces program for McKeithen service

Here is the program for the funeral of Patrolman Robert McKeithen, as announced by Bradford-O’Keefe Funeral Homes. Public visitation is from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at First Baptist Church of Biloxi, where the funeral begins at 12:30 p.m. The procession is scheduled to leave First Baptist Church between 1:45 p.m. and 2 p.m., for […]

Roadway closures announced for McKeithen procession

A number of roadways will be closed Monday during the funeral procession for Biloxi Police Officer Robert McKeithen. The procession could have as many as a thousand vehicles and will use two lanes of traffic. It is expected to begin between 1:45 and 2 p.m. It will travel from First Baptist Church on Popp’s Ferry […]

Thousands expected for McKeithen services Monday

Biloxi is expected to come to a standstill Monday afternoon when as many as a thousand police vehicles move through the city as part of the funeral procession for slain police officer Robert McKeithen. Public visitation for the fallen officer will be from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at First Baptist Church, 1560 Popp’s Ferry […]