Author Archives: Vincent Creel

‘ReUnion at the Union’ on tap for May 17

Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich’s vision for the “new” Howard Avenue has compared the brick-covered street to “a parquet dance floor,” and on May 17, the public will get a chance to try it out. The city, Main Street and Merit Health Biloxi will formerly mark the re-opening of Howard Avenue on Friday, May 17 with […]

A conversation with the McKeithen family

Robert McKeithen, the 24-year Biloxi police officer who died after being shot in front of the city’s public safety center Sunday night, had told Police Chief John Miller he planned to retire at the end of the year, but family members question whether that was really going to happen. “He always talked about retiring. But […]

Wreath, vigil turn attention to officer, community

“We’ve had the tragedy, the accused have been captured, and now the attention returns to healing and the memory of a well-liked Biloxi police officer,” Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich says of the candlelight vigil planned for this afternoon at the Lopez-Quave Public Safety Center and the pending funeral services for Biloxi Patrolman Robert McKeithen. The […]

Warrant issued in death of Biloxi police officer

A capital murder warrant has been issued for 19-year-old Darian Tawan Atkinson of Biloxi in the shooting death of Biloxi Police Officer Robert McKeithen. The announcement was made late this afternoon during a briefing by Gulfport Police Chief Leonard Papania, Harrison County Sheriff Troy Peterson and Biloxi Police Chief John Miller. See the video: To […]

Rain threat aside, air show remains on schedule

The National Weather Service says there’s an 80 percent chance of rain Saturday, mainly after 1 p.m., right about the time the Thunder over the Sound air show is scheduled to begin over the Biloxi Beach, but as of right now, the air show remains on schedule. Any changes in the air show schedule will […]

Fire museum to host fish fry Friday

Sure, the Thunderbirds are in town this weekend, but there’s no better way to kick off the weekend with a fish fry at the Biloxi Fire Museum. West End Hose Co. No. 3, as the museum is officially known, will host a fish fry Friday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. You can dine in […]

Playing spots available in Saints Hall of Fame golf tournament

Biloxi once again welcomes legends from the New Orleans Saints to the Mississippi Gulf Coast June 6-8 when the annual Saints Weekend returns for a celebrity-packed golf tournament at the Jack Nicklaus-designed Grand Bear and an autograph-photo session during a Biloxi Shuckers home game. Two of the most outstanding offensive stars in Saints history will […]

Busy, high-flying times ahead for U.S. 90

Biloxi Public Works crews began positioning barricades alongside intersections on U.S. 90 today, signaling what will be a busy time on the beachfront roadway over the next seven days. Thunder Over the Sound: The Keesler & Biloxi Air and Space Show doesn’t take place until Saturday and Sunday, but you can expect to see crowds […]

Short-term rental debate may be decided Tuesday

The years-old issue of short-term rentals – where dozens of properties have taken advantage of renting out properties for discerning visitors – may be fine tuned on Tuesday. The City Council will conduct a special meeting Tuesday morning at 10:30 and the issue is scheduled for a vote during the council meeting Tuesday afternoon at […]

OK, parents, Saturday is registration day

A host of Biloxi parents are expected to line up Saturday morning at the Donal M. Snyder Sr. Community Center as citywide registration takes place for Biloxi’s popular summer camp – officially known as the Summer Playground and Enrichment Program. Registration – Biloxi residents only – will be Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon at […]

Spring storm, strong winds expected today

Biloxi and the surrounding area could see sustained winds from 20 to 30 mph between noon and 10 p.m. as a vigorous spring storm is expected. City leaders have announced that non-emergency municipal offices are closing at 1 this afternoon. The National Weather Service says wind gusts could be as high as 45 mph. “We’re […]

Broussard named Distinguished Volunteer of the Year

Pete Broussard, a retired letter carrier who was described as “a silent hero, a sincere helper and truly one of the ‘good guys,’” was named as the city’s Distinguished Volunteer of the Year in a ceremony Tuesday evening. Broussard was among the dozens of individuals, businesses and groups recognized during the city’s annual Volunteer Recognition […]

Raymond earns certification in historic redevelopment finance

Bill Raymond, the City of Biloxi’s historic administrator, has received certification as a Historic Real Estate Development Finance Professional from the National Development Council. The certification is a professional credential given to individuals who have successfully completed the National Development Council’s intensive historic real estate development finance training series. The training provides professionals working in […]

Spring Break: Traffic plan kept traffic moving

There’s no doubt about it, Police Chief John Miller says regarding the Spring Break weekend: The city’s traffic plan keeps traffic moving, has reduced the number of traffic tickets and accidents, and is working. The issue, Miller says in a video released today on the city’s YouTube channel, is that you’re going to have issues […]

Hydrant testing to get underway in west Biloxi

The Biloxi Fire Department, as part of the citywide fire-rating process, will be conducting inspections of fire hydrants Tuesday in the neighborhoods around the fire stations at the Margaret L. Sherry Memorial Library and stations at Veterans and Pass Road. Tests will involve testing water pressure at the hydrants by having them run for five-minute […]

Shuckers kick off Blue Wahoos homestand this evening

By Garrett Greene, Biloxi Shuckers After a five-game road trip to Montgomery, the Biloxi Shuckers return to MGM Park for 10 games, beginning this evening at 6:35 p.m. when the Shuckers kick off a homestand by hosting the Pensacola Blue Wahoos for a five-game series. The Blue Wahoos series is also the first games the […]

City rolls out East Biloxi facade grant program

The city’s Federal Programs Division on Thursday will begin accepting applications for a façade program that offers grants of up to $20,000. The program initially targets owner-occupied businesses east of Caillavet and north of the CSX railway. The grants, administered under the city’s Community Development Block Grant program, have stipulations: Businesses on Caillavet and Division […]

Shuckers, Shrimp and Wahoo begin seafood rivalry

By Garrett Greene, Biloxi Shuckers Three Southern League franchises, all connected by I-10 and seafood-related mascots, are partnering for a round robin competition throughout the 2019 season. The Biloxi Shuckers, Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp and Pensacola Blue Wahoos will vie for the Seafood Buffet Rivalry Series, bringing the winning team one pound of seafood from each […]

Doubleheader, fireworks to open Shuckers season

By Garrett Greene, Biloxi Shuckers The rain on Thursday means more excitement for this evening’s opening of the Biloxi Shuckers season: The game will be made up as part of a doubleheader at 5:35 p.m. with drink and hot dog specials, a magnet schedule giveaway and postgame fireworks. The Shuckers and Barons will play two […]

Shuckers open 2019 campaign Thursday

Who could forget the 2018 Shuckers season? A league-record number of wins, South Division champions, a host of individual awards, and a chance to watch a number of former Shuckers playing in the bigs with Milwaukee. And now, the 2019 campaign is upon us. Shuck Nation is back at MGM Park in a big way […]

11 return from 2018 Shuckers lineup

By Garrett Greene, Biloxi Shuckers The first Biloxi Shuckers roster for 2019 was announced earlier this week by the Milwaukee Brewers on Monday, including 11 players returning from the 2018 season. The 27-man roster will be brought down to 25 players before the Shuckers Opening Night game against the Birmingham Barons on Thursday. The Shuckers […]

Gilich outlines citywide program of work

Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich showed progress on a host of city projects citywide this morning with his Breakfast with the Mayor presentation and the crowd broke out in laughter when he arrived at a photograph of the new brick-surfaced Howard Avenue, lined with parked vehicles and cars traveling the roadway. Said Gilich to a roomful […]

Shuckers announce opening weekend fan promotions

By Garrett Greene, Biloxi Shuckers For just the second time in franchise history, the Biloxi Shuckers will begin their Southern League campaign at MGM Park when the team opens the season on Thursday at 6:35 p.m. against the Birmingham Barons. The Shuckers will begin the season with five games at home from Thursday to Monday, […]

Renaissance Garden group seeks volunteers

The Renaissance Garden Foundation is asking for volunteers or interested groups to help achieve the vision of a botanical garden in Hiller Park, one of the city’s most popular and spacious parks. The garden, which is on the eastern side of the 99-acre city park, would be for the propagation and cultivation of specimens of […]

Salvation Army unveils the ‘Help Card’

Next time you’re approached by a panhandler seeking money for food, a bus ticket or even a beer, the Salvation Army has a suggestion: Make it a thoughtful gift, a help card. Salvation Army leaders announced the new program during a media gathering this morning at the Biloxi Visitors Center. The Army, not unlike many […]

New look, expansion in works for Woolmarket City Center

A new façade and expansion are in the offing for the Woolmarket City Center, where a county library and city community center opened months ago. This month, the city will receive bids on the new façade, which will also include expanding the community center portion of the facility to include a stage and other amenities. […]

Seafood museum to mark 50th anniversary of Camille

The Maritime & Seafood Industry Museum has unveiled the logo for “Camille at 50,” a six-month, multi-media exhibition that will mark the 50th anniversary this summer of what many call the original monster storm, Hurricane Camille. It was late in the evening of Aug. 17, 1969 when Camille made landfall along the Mississippi Gulf Coast, […]

City water, sewer now at Woolmarket Plantation, Larkin

The city is notifying residents of the Woolmarket Plantation and Larkin Subdivision in Woolmarket that now that water and sewer service has been made available in those areas, it’s time for residents to connect to the services. The services are now available to 117 parcels of land, 109 of which have homes on them. With […]

Get ready: Spring Break crowds, traffic coming up

It’s that time of year again: Spring Break, when tens of thousands of college-age visitors descend on Biloxi for a weekend of fun. And cruisin’ along U.S. 90, primarily in the area of the Coast Coliseum. This year, judging from online traffic, Spring Break is scheduled to take place April 12-14, with visitors arriving as […]

Howard Avenue: Enjoy the asphalt for a few more months

So Jack Gratwick and his crew at Hemphill Construction were able to have temporary pavement on Howard Avenue east of Porter Avenue in place in time for the Mardi Gras parades weeks ago. That was welcome news for carnival krewes, paradegoers, motorists and businesses alike, but now, the big question: How long will the temporary […]

Here’s the story on the lane closures in West Biloxi

No doubt motorists have noticed the fiber optics work along major thoroughfares across the city, especially in those areas, such as Pass Road where traffic has been limited to one lane in some cases. The boring work, which involves installing underground cable sleeves, is making way for new high-speed fiber optics cables to be installed […]

Info-filled April newsletter on the way

The April issue of BNews, the citywide monthly newsletter, will be arriving in mailboxes and PO boxes across the city in the next couple of days, with 20 pages of news from across the city. Biggest news is that the Biloxi Shuckers kick off their season April 4 at MGM Park, a game that launches […]

Have your say Thursday on short-term rental issue

The Biloxi Planning Commission, which in the past couple of weeks has seen 165 applications filed for short-term rentals, wants public input on where the vacation rentals should or shouldn’t be, and any other regulations that should be considered. The commission will conduct a Public Hearing on the issue Thursday at 2 p.m. in the […]

St. Paddy’s, Grillin’ take center stage

The Biloxi Town Green lives up to its name this weekend, with grillin’ and green galore. St. Patrick’s Day festivities take place Saturday with a run, a grilling competition and a parade. The Gulf Coast Running Club will kick off the day with the annual Hibernia Marching Society St. Patrick’s Day 5K and 1-mile Health […]

Following up: CSX rail crossings, Howard Avenue and more

Thursday, March 7, 2019 marked the second anniversary of the deadly train-charter bus collision at the Main Street crossing, where four people died when a freight train collided with a charter bus carrying 48 passengers that had become hung up on the rail at the crossing. In the wake of the tragedy, the city upgraded […]

Police officer and queen have their moment

For Biloxi Police Maj. Larry Murphy, it was “just another Yeti sighting online,” but for a Meridian mom at Biloxi Mardi Gras with her young daughter, Murphy’s actions during the Krewe of Neptune parade brought tears to her eyes. Murphy, a towering veteran of the Biloxi Police Department (he stands 6-6 at 325 pounds), was […]

Special Tactics ruck march to pass through Biloxi

Residents of Biloxi and the Gulf Coast will be able to watch a unique military tradition Friday afternoon and evening as two Special Tactics Airmen ruck along U.S. 90. In Biloxi, on Friday night the duo will be joined by about 50 Keesler officers and airmen at White Avenue.  A “ruck” or load march, by […]

Humphrey named BPD’s Officer of Year

Police officer Eli Humphrey, who saved the life of a fellow officer while working a traffic accident last year, has been named the Biloxi Police Department’s Officer of the Year. The incident occurred while officers were working a traffic accident in January 2018 on Interstate 110, and it demonstrated the quick thinking and pro-activeness exhibited […]

‘March Madness’ is just around the corner

The March issue of BNews Monthly, dubbed “March Madness,” will be arriving in mailboxes and P.O. boxes across the city in a day or two, with a preview of the approaching Mardi Gras parades and a heads up on what else is in store for March.  Of course, the biggest question is answered right away: […]

Infrastructure: The dirt on the North Contract

Each month, the city’s Engineering Department publishes a host of maps showing progress on the infrastructure work taking place north and south of the CSX railway in East Biloxi.  The detailed maps – eight of them in all – show water, sewer, drainage and paving status as of Feb. 13 on Oscar Renda’s work on 55 […]

Children’s parade rolls downtown Saturday

There’s a Mardi Gras parade in downtown Biloxi Saturday morning – and it’s rolling on paved streets, some of them stylishly paved, too. While some have worried about pending parades and downtown road construction, the Biloxi Children’s Mardi Gras Walking Parade, which begins Saturday at 10 a.m. at Howard Avenue and I-110, will be one […]

Arbor Day run, tree giveaway is Saturday

Several varieties of trees will be given away during the city’s Arbor Day 5K Run Saturday morning on the Biloxi Town Green. The event also will include a one-mile run-walk-roll and a quarter-mile challenge. City Arborist Eric Nolan reports that the city will be distributing about 300 trees to runners, participants and the public. Runners, […]

Biloxi, this one’s for you

The explorer Pierre Le Moyne d’Iberville sets foot on the Biloxi shoreline moments from now, just as he did 320 years ago on this date, Feb. 13, 1699, and a few of our friends have a greeting for him and our city.  The party begins at 3 p.m. and continues throughout the afternoon with a […]

Biloxi celebrates 320 years next week

Biloxi marks its 320th birthday Wednesday with a host of activities to commemorate the day – Feb. 13, 1699 – when the French explorer Pierre Le Moyne d’Iberville first set foot on the shores of present-day Biloxi. The occasion, which amplifies the point that Biloxi is one of the oldest communities in the country, is […]

Southland Designer Homes breaks ground at Hidden Springs

Southland Designer Homes, a company owned by second-generation builder Phil Frisby, has broken ground for its model home in the first phase of the Hidden Springs subdivision. Hidden Springs represents 166 acres of the 1,478-acres Belle la Vie master-planned community, which will be about three miles north of Interstate 10, with easy access to Mississippi […]

‘Bo Duke’ to headline Neptune parade

John Schneider, who rose to fame in TV’s “Dukes of Hazzard,” will be the 2019 Grand Marshal for the Neptune Parade. The actor, musician and filmmaker will ride in the March 2 downtown Biloxi parade, continuing a tradition that began a few years ago, when Neptune moved its parade to the Saturday night before Fat […]

City seeks to modernize Point Cadet Marina

The Biloxi City Council on Tuesday OK’d a contract of almost a quarter-million dollars to upgrade the electrical system at Point Cadet Marina, and the work only touches the surface of what the city wants to see done at the 35-year-old facility. Contractor DNP of Biloxi was awarded a $228,000 job that will repair electrical […]

See the Clydesdales at City Hall 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 5:50 and 6 p.m. The Clydesdales, world-renowned as the ambassadors of Budwesier, will be greeted at City Hall by Mayor Andrew […]

Children’s Mardi Gras parade rolls Feb. 23

The City of Biloxi, Biloxi Mardi Gras Museum and Gulf Coast Carnival Association invite children ages 12 and under to be a part of the Biloxi Children’s Mardi Gras Walking Parade, which takes place Saturday, Feb. 23 at 10 a.m. Participants may walk, bike, skate, or be pushed or pulled in strollers and wagons. No […]

Expanded citywide newsletter on the way

A record-setting issue of the citywide newsletter, BNews Monthly, packed with detailed maps on infrastructure progress and an 11-page State of the City report, will soon be making its way to residents and businesses across the city. The 24-page advertiser-support publication, normally 16 pages each month, also includes stories on several high-profile issues: the expired […]

C-SPAN rolls into town next week

The C-SPAN Bus is on its “Southern Swing,” and next week Cable One is bringing the award-winning state-of-the-art, 45-foot customized bus to Biloxi and the surrounding area to engage students, teachers, community members and elected officials. On Monday, the bus will be at St. Martin Middle School from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m., and at Gulfport […]

State of the City: What you didn’t hear

Sure, there was plenty of talk of new and future boardwalks, new restaurants and hotels, expanded parks, fire stations and lots more in the State of the City address this week, but what about a few other topics? The opening of Howard Avenue downtown, panhandling, short-term rentals, MGM Park and more. Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich […]

Shuckers unveil new membership programs

OK, the NFL debacle in New Orleans is history, unfair as it is to fleur-de-lis faithful, and now it’s time to turn attention to baseball, Shuckers-style. The Biloxi Shuckers, following up on a 2018 all-star-studded season that set Southern League and franchise records, have rolled out their new Shuck Nation memberships, joining the traditional season ticket […]

Cable One bringing C-SPAN Bus to town

The C-SPAN Bus is on its “Southern Swing,” and next week Cable One is bringing the award-winning state-of-the-art, 45-foot customized bus to Biloxi and the surrounding area to engage students, teachers, community members and elected officials. On Monday, the bus will be at St. Martin Middle School from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m., and at Gulfport […]

Gilich gives whirlwind tour of city ‘on the move’

Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich delivered the annual State of the City this afternoon, and after his high-flying, fast-paced 30-minute presentation, the mayor admitted the state of Biloxi can be summed up in three words: “On the move.” “Biloxi is a teeming environment of accomplishment, excitement, energy and anticipation. Not hope, but expectation,” declared Gilich, who […]

Clydesdales coming to town next month

Mark Feb. 6 at 5:30 p.m. on your calendar. Sandwiched amongst the calendar of Mardi Gras parades along the Coast in February, Biloxi will host the world-famous Budweiser Clydesdales will be in town.  In fact, if you’re at City Hall on Lameuse Street at 6 p.m. that day you’ll have a chance to get a […]

Deadline for north contract comes and goes; work continues

The current contracted deadline of Jan. 6, 2019 has come and gone on the north contract, which means the city is now assessing infrastructure contractor Oscar Renda $6,000 a day. Says Jennifer Matranga of Oscar Renda: “There are change orders we have in the works, namely the holdup on Reynoir Street and the expansion of […]

City OKs The District, $54-million downtown development

For months, the city has touted a developer’s rendering of a fully restored Barq Building in downtown Biloxi, with upstairs living and downstairs retail, but, the fact is, the resurrection of that long-dormant building, once a centerpiece downtown, is only part of the downtown plan. The Biloxi City Council has approved a plan that will […]

AA-rated city sees nine million-dollar months

A state report issued today shows Biloxi had nine million-dollar sales tax months in 2018, the first time since the heady days pre-Katrina. Biloxi’s share of sales taxes posted in 2018 amounted to $12.7 million, slightly above the $12.4 million in 2017, but nonetheless a milestone considering million-dollar months were posted in January, April, May, […]

Civil Rights icon James Meredith headlines MLK celebration

James Meredith, regarded as one of the greatest heroes of the Civil Rights era, will headline the multitude of educational and entertaining events for the Coastwide Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration, which begins this evening.  Meredith, longtime activist and educator, will serve as the keynote speaker during the Sunday Inspirational program and is scheduled to […]

Debate heating up on short-term rentals issue

The Biloxi City Council this week voted to deny a short-term rental request for a unit in a front beach condominium, a decision that is the first of 18 cases involving short-term rental requests working their way through the zoning process. In fact, councilmembers are awaiting a Biloxi Planning Commission citywide review of appropriate locations […]

Expect delays Thursday morning on Popp’s Ferry bridge

Part of Popp’s Ferry bridge will be limited to one lane of traffic Thursday morning between 9 and 10 while workers make repairs to the steel deck at the bridge’s draw. The repairs will be in the southbound lane, but northbound and southbound traffic will alternate during the work, which may be completed before the […]

Boil water notice issued for Woolmarket, Eagle Point areas

A brief interruption of water service in Woolmarket and Eagle Point has prompted the city to issue a boil-water notice for about 1,500 water customers in that area.  Necaise Brothers Contracting is notifying residents and businesses of the notice. State-mandated boil water notices are a precaution usually prompted by a loss in water pressure. The […]

Progress continues on north contract as clock ticks

Residents, motorists and businesspeople north of the CSX railway in East Biloxi can see real progress every day, in terms of more asphalt going down and dirt roads becoming a thing of the past in most neighborhoods. However, there are still roads to be paved, sidewalks to be poured and landscaping to be installed. And the current date […]

Thunderbirds drop in for a close-up look

The word is in from two Thunderbird pilots visiting Biloxi and Keesler this week: Those attending the Thunder over the Sound air show in May can expect to see Thunderbirds flying as fast as 600 mph, climbing as high as 15,000 feet and as low as 200 feet. And it’s all over the Biloxi beachfront. […]

Deja vu: Popp’s Ferry bridge to close again

The Popp’s Ferry bridge will close again Friday night at 10 to allow contractors to connect the recently installed generator and switch to a landline power source. The bridge will be closed beginning at 10 p.m. and is expected to re-open no later than 6 Saturday morning. The work is part of a $1.27 million […]

Popp’s Ferry bridge to close Friday night

The Popp’s Ferry bridge will close to motorists and pedestrians Friday night beginning at 10 so city contractors can replace the generator and underwater cable that power the raising and lowering of the bridge span. The bridge could be closed for as long as eight hours, until 6 a.m. Saturday. Said City Engineer Christy LeBatard: […]

Sidewalk project in the works for Woolmarket

The City of Biloxi and the Mississippi Department of Transportation are signing an agreement that could see a million dollars worth of sidewalks in the Woolmarket community. The new ADA-compliant sidewalks, which could be under construction this time next year, would run from the intersection of Woolmarket Road and Lorraine Road, north on Lorraine Road […]

City issues monthly report on gaming revenue

Today’s a good day for reports on the City of Biloxi website, with the traditional weekly report from Police, Fire, Community Development and Engineering departments and the release of the November state gaming report, which tracks all casino gaming revenue collected in Biloxi. In fact, the latest state gaming report, which is compiled by the […]

U.S. 90 to close at midnight for overpass work

The pedestrian walkway between the Beau Rivage and the Beau Rivage employee parking garage will be hoisted into place tonight beginning at midnight, when U.S. 90 will close at Caillavet Street for as long as five hours, until as late as 5 o’clock Wednesday morning. Biloxi police will close U.S. 90 at Seal Avenue and […]

Boardwalk offers views of beach and history

A ribbon will be cut this week to dedicate the West Biloxi Boardwalk and those walking the half-mile of Phase 1 of the project will discover it’s much more than a pathway connecting rows of restaurants and visitor-related attractions between Veterans and Rodenberg avenues. The ribbon-cutting ceremony will be Wednesday at 4:30 p.m. at the […]

Fire Department to present annual awards

A host of firefighters, individuals and businesses will be recognized this evening during the Biloxi Fire Department annual awards ceremony, a public event at the Biloxi Civic Center. In all, 11 acts of bravery and gallantry will be cited during the ceremony, which begins at 7 p.m.  Doors to the civic center open at 6:30 […]

Gilich, Hewes lead trade mission to Colombia

Biloxi Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich and Gulfport Mayor Billy Hewes led a Coast trade mission to Rionegro and Medellin Colombia earlier this week in hopes of luring a major floral exporter to the Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport. While in Colombia, the mayors’ group met with Santiago Cock-Rada, president of Carmel Flowers, and visited his extensive farm […]

Coming attraction: Movie time at the mall

Biloxi’s first digital theater since Katrina will have its first public showings Friday. In fact, it was one year ago today that Edgewater Mall announced plans for its new cinema, officially known as Premiere Lux Cine & Pizza Pub Edgewater Mall. A $6.5 million building permit was issued in March, and a ribbon-cutting is planned […]

December citywide newsletter on the way

The December issue of BNews Monthly, with stories and photos about Christmas events and a host of development initiatives in east Biloxi, is due in homes and businesses across the city in the next couple of days. The 16-page issue also contains detailed maps showing progress on the infrastructure work north and south of the […]

What you need to know about visit by POTUS, VEEP

President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence will be in Biloxi later today for a Coast Coliseum campaign rally for Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith, who faces Mike Espy in a runoff election Tuesday. Here’s what you need to know about today’s event: Police have said motorists citywide should expect traffic delays, road closures and detours […]

Trump to stump in Biloxi for Hyde-Smith

President Donald J. Trump is coming to town Monday in a public appearance to support Republican candidate Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith on the eve of her Senate race with challenger Mike Espy. Doors to the Coast Coliseum will open at 5 p.m. Monday, and the president is scheduled to take the stage at 8 p.m. The […]

New homes helping drive construction

Biloxi is running 35 homes and $3.1 million ahead of the residential permits issued for this time in 2017, according to numbers from the Community Development Department. The department on Monday reported that overall construction in Biloxi is $28 million ahead of this point last year. A breakdown on the residential numbers, Jan. 1 through […]

City’s sales tax, construction numbers score milestones

For several weeks now – nine, to be exact – pro football fans have been savoring the New Orleans Saints and their winning streak, and the City of Biloxi has been watching a trend of its own for several months now. For the first time since 2004, before Hurricane Katrina, the city has had eight […]

Keesler, Biloxi finalize date for 2019 joint air show

Keesler Air Force Base and the City of Biloxi, working with the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds, have confirmed that the official date for “Thunder Over the Sound: The Keesler and Biloxi Air and Space Show” will be May 4 and 5, 2019. The event takes place over both KAFB and the Biloxi sound. While exact […]

Relief workers have satisfying week in Port St. Joe

“It was a very satisfying week,” Biloxi Fire Chief Joe Boney declared this morning in a report to Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich about last week’s weeklong relief trip to the small Hurricane Michael-ravaged town of Port St. Joe. About 60 volunteer relief workers – representing fire departments from Biloxi, Keesler, New Sharon (Iowa), and Tyndall […]

Margaritaville comes forward, bigger and with a twist

The much-anticipated next phase of Margaritaville, the family resort in east Biloxi, takes a step forward as the project appears on the City Council agenda next week. What’s new: It’s now up to $200 million, with a hotel tower, Ferris wheel and other amusements on the south side of U.S. 90, and a hotel on […]

City to shop vacant Caillavet, Division properties

Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich, who has turned several pieces of unused city property into tax-producing and job-creating ventures, says the city is seeking interest in another group of municipal properties to include nearly two dozen city parcels on Caillavet Street and four in east Biloxi. This month the city published Request for Proposals for either […]

Mayor dishes on issues for Breakfast crowd

Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich had a plateful of issues for Breakfast with the Mayor this morning, from the possibility of an east Biloxi convention center, the governor’s idea to add to the Biloxi waterfront remake, and the idea of Biloxi children attending Biloxi schools. Also included in the mayor’s 16-minute presentation – “shooting from the […]

Governor unveils architectural designs for beach outfalls

Gov. Phil Bryant today unveiled architectural designs for the first phase of beach storm water outfalls that will be placed on the beach in Biloxi. The governor made the announcement today at the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources headquarters on Back Bay in Biloxi. Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich, who has been an advocate of improvements […]

Developer to study east Biloxi convention center sites

The idea of an east Biloxi convention center — to be located amidst the 5,000 or so hotel rooms east of Interstate 110 – is not a new one, but now a developer could be stepping in to take a serious look at the issue. Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich is proposing the city enter into […]

Platoons of Biloxi volunteers to aid Florida community

A host of Biloxi firefighters and others from the West End Hose Co. No. 3 fire museum are leaving Biloxi this afternoon for a weeklong relief effort in the small community of Port St. Joe, a Florida waterfront community that’s 30 minutes from Mexico Beach, ground zero from Hurricane Michael. Biloxi Fire Chief Joe Boney […]

Gilich: There is a better path to schools issue

The City of Biloxi went on record weeks ago opposing the Harrison County School District’s asking residents to borrow $55 million for school improvements, and Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich wants those Biloxi residents who are paying higher county school taxes to know there is an alternative. Gilich, in a message titled “Opportunities, Challenges and Alternatives” […]

Work to begin on harbor pedestrian overpass

A city contractor has erected temporary fencing a block east of Main Street on U.S. 90, signalling that work will be underway shortly on thenew pedestrian overpass that will link the two new soon-to-open hotels, the Watermark and Hilton Garden Inn, with the areas south of U.S. 90: the Biloxi waterfront, Guice Park, the Biloxi […]

Get a look at Barq Building, progress in new newsletter

The November issue of BNews Monthly will be arriving in homes and businesses across the city next week, and all of Biloxi will get the first look at plans for the new Barq Building in downtown Biloxi, as well as a detailed map showing progress on paving in east Biloxi. The 16-page city newsletter features […]

Biloxi Police: ‘Please, give us your drugs’

The Biloxi Police and the DEA want your drugs – those left over or expired prescription drugs or even non-prescription drugs that have been sitting idly in the medicine cabinet or drawer for years.  Residents of Biloxi are being asked to bring the unused drugs to the Lopez-Quave Public Safety Center Saturday between 10 a.m. […]

City to consider spending for major improvements

Biloxi has a host of major, long-term and pressing projects in the works, such as drainage and infrastructure in Woolmarket, repairs to the Cedar Lake Bridge and upgrades at the Main Street rail crossing, and Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich is proposing the city borrow $14 million to keep them moving toward construction. The City Council […]

Remember safety in the kitchen this holiday, fire chief says

Holiday season is here, with family gatherings, cooking, holiday decorations, candles and heating. It also brings more fires. In fact, the National Fire Prevention Association says cooking is the most common cause of home fires and home fire-related injuries. Thanksgiving is nationally noted for having as many as four times the house fires than any other day of the year. “Practicing […]

Something new, something prehistoric at Edgewater Mall

The big talk at Edgewater Mall, of course, has been the new eight-screen movie theater – scheduled to open Nov. 30 – and the new trampoline center, but there’s something pre-historic lurking at the mall in November. Prehistoric Dinosaur Adventures, a free attraction Nov. 9-11 at the mall, combines a unique mobile prehistoric walk through Dinosaur Museum and thrilling up-close encounter with the […]

New boardwalk will round the tip of Point Cadet

Work is now underway on the latest boardwalk project – a 12-foot-wide waterside concrete pathway that will tie all of Point Cadet together, from Point Cadet Marina, around the tip of the peninsula, to Point Cadet Plaza and recreational area to Howard Avenue and just south of the Palace Casino. The $1.85 million project is […]

‘Fill the Boot’ to move sites Tuesday, Wednesday

The Biloxi 2018 Fill the Boot campaign, which raises money for the Muscular Dystrophy Association, will be at Popp’s Ferry and Pass Roads Tuesday and at Popp’s Ferry and Cedar Lake roads Wednesday.  In the program, which began this morning at U.S. 90 at Porter Avenue, in the shadow of the Biloxi Lighthouse, Biloxi firefighters and […]

This weekend is one for the great outdoors

A host of outdoor events is on tap this weekend, beginning with a fish fry now underway at the fire museum, Halloween at Hiller Park tonight, a fireman’s day parade downtown and Catfish for Kids at Hiller Park on Saturday, and on Sunday dozens will gather in the Biloxi City Cemtery for the kickoff of […]

Firefighters, Police to seek donations for MDA

U.S. 90 at Porter Avenue, in the shadow of the Biloxi Lighthouse, will be a gathering place for Biloxi firefighters and police officers Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday as the first responders ask motorists for donations to the Muscular Dystrophy Association. It’s the 2018 Fill the Boot campaign, continuing firefighter support of MDA that goes back more […]

City seeks compromise on county schools bond vote

Residents of Biloxi – whether they live in Woolmarket, Eagle Point or other areas – ought to be able to attend Biloxi public schools, Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich has long said, and on Tuesday the Biloxi City Council asked the Harrison County School Board to help make that happen. When Woolmarket and Eagle Point became […]

Enter off Atkinson for Halloween at Hiller

One of the city’s most popular events, Halloween at Hiller Park, takes place on Friday from 6 to 8 p.m., 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 […]

Fire Department has host of events this week

The Biloxi Fire Department this week is helping gather supplies and funds for Hurricane Michael victims, honoring its three fallen firefighters, and hosting a benefit fish fry before hosting the Fireman’s Day Parade on Saturday. The department is taking part in a weeklong Coastwide relief effort, where residents can drop off supplies at any local […]

Ten former Shuckers on Brewers roster tonight

Ten former Biloxi Shuckers players and coaches are part of the Milwaukee Brewers 2018 NLCS roster that was announced by the Brewers today. The list includes six Minor League players, three Major League rehab players and former manager Carlos Subero as members of the NL Central Champions playoff roster for the National League Championship Series against the Los […]

Council agenda includes dozens of measures

Zoning issues, board appointments and a taxing issue that would impact Biloxi residents in Woolmarket and Eagle Point are among the three dozen issues on the agenda when the City Council meets Tuesday afternoon at 1:30 p.m. Included in the zoning measures is a request by W.C. Fore for the city to rezone a Pass […]

Weekend preview: Get outdoors and enjoy

The Fall weather seems to have arrived, and it’s perfect timing with a host of outdoor events on tap this weekend. Happy Halloween in Woolmarket takes place this evening from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on the Woolmarket School Grounds on John Lee Road. Fishing for Catfish Kids Day runs from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday […]

City Desk: CAO Mike Leonard on the issues

Chief Administrative Officer Mike Leonard drops by this week’s City Desk podcast to discuss an array of issues: Boardwalks, streets and drainage, Cruisin’ the Coast, Popp’s Ferry Causeway Park and more. The 14-minute program was recorded this morning at City Hall Listen to the City Desk podcast    

Expect high tides, rain from Michael

The forecasters remain steadfast: Hurricane Michael is expected to make landfall in Florida on Wednesday, but there’s also a warning for those in Biloxi and on the Mississippi Gulf Coast: You will see a storm surge of 1 to 3 feet and rainfall of 1 to 2 inches. Those with vessels in Biloxi’s public harbors […]

Biloxi Bay Bridge walking path to close for cleaning

The walking path on the Biloxi Bay Bridge will be closed from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day for a week beginning Wednesday so city contractors can pressure wash its entire stretch. The walkway, which is 12 feet wide and 1.8 miles long from end to end, will be open before and after the […]

Hurricane Michael appears Florida-bound

Emergency managers are continuing to monitor freshly minted Hurricane Michael, and a Coastal Flood Advisory is in effect for east-facing shores of Louisiana and Mississippi, but the storm appears headed for landfall at the Florida Panhandle or the Florida Big Bend area on Wednesday. Biloxi Police, however, this morning closed the low-lying section of Cedar […]

Cruisin’ sets records – high and low

Cruisin’ The Coast and the Biloxi Police Department both had a record-setting year for the just-concluded 22nd year of “America’s largest block party.” Cruisin’ The Coast had a record high – 8,444 registered cars – and Biloxi Police had a record low – only 55 traffic tickets written, less than a third of the citations […]

Biloxi’s first ‘shopping mall’

By Jane Shambra The 1960s was an epic decade for the Coast. With a new annexation in place, the City of Biloxi’s westernmost boundary expanded from Rodenberg Avenue to DeBuys Road. Around that same time, Edgewater Mall (aka Edgewater Plaza) was completed on Beach Boulevard, offering air-conditioned and rain-resistant shopping. But where did Biloxians shop […]

Zoom, zoom! Cruisin’ heads into final days

This year’s record-setting Cruisin’ The Coast rolls into its final stretch this weekend, and Biloxi Police Chief John Miller, whose department has the task of keeping traffic moving safely in Biloxi, says it’s been a smooth ride. “Everything’s been good so far,” Miller said, as the eight-day Coastwide parade of cars today announced its registration […]

Removal of stucco begins on Barq Building

The restoration of Howard Avenue and downtown Biloxi is taking another step this morning as private contractors are removing stucco from the Barq Building in the initial phases of restoring the downtown landmark to its original brick appearance. As laborers from Gulf Breeze Landscaping crossed the halfway point in the laying of the brick roadway […]

Cruisin’ sees a new downtown in the making

About 40,000 auto enthusiasts were in downtown Biloxi Tuesday for the city’s annual Cruisin’ The Coast Block Party, and Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich said the audience and the 1,700 to 2,000 vehicles on display got a close up look at the changing downtown landscape. Cruisers began arriving as early as 3 a.m. to vie for […]

Biloxi chief elected head of Southeastern group

Biloxi Police Chief John Miller, who has led Biloxi’s department for nine of his 28 years with the city, has been elected chairman of the Regional Organized Crime Information Center, an agency that serves a network of 1,400 law enforcement agencies across the Southeast and in U.S. territories. The ROCIC is one of six such […]

City weighs interest in grass-cutting duties

The City of Biloxi is farming out the maintenance of more than 70 parcels of city-owned, mostly vacant land. In a Request for Proposals published in September, the city is seeking sealed proposals for litter control, mowing, edging, and cleaning of grass clippings for sites in all parts of the city, including vacant lots on […]

Public housing survey now underway

The City of Biloxi’s federal programs office is joining the state, five other cities and 50 public housing authorities in conducting a fair housing study to determine opinions about conditions in public housing. Those taking part in the survey – you may remain anonymous, if you prefer – can take the 58-question survey either online […]

Hemphill to begin work on Porter next week

Porter Avenue south of the CSX railway will be a bevy of construction next week, as Hemphill Construction begins replacing drainage and water mains on the street, which is north of the Biloxi Lighthouse off U.S. 90. “Two-lanes of traffic will be maintained and opened on Porter although there is a possibility that Porter for […]

Cable One to debut Sports Hall of Fame program

One of the Parks & Recreation Department’s most-anticipated programs each year is the Biloxi Sports Hall of Fame induction banquet. And you have a chance to see this year’s ceremony, thanks to Cable One, which will air a 55-minute special about the program every Tuesday and Thursday at 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. on Cable […]

Tickets on sale for Biloxi First roast of mayor

It’s one of the hottest tickets of the year each year, and this year will be no different. Biloxi Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich will be the roastee for the 16th annual Biloxi First Roast, which will take place Thursday, Nov. 1 at 6 p.m. at the IP Casino Resort Spa. The event is the major […]

Tourism figures, project updates highlight Breakfast gathering

Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich is admittedly a fan of numbers – “numbers are my friend,” and “if you can measure it, you can manage it,” he likes to say – and tourism leader Milton Segarra reminded those at Breakfast with the Mayor this morning just how important Biloxi and the Gulf Coast’s numbers are. During […]

Help! Biloxians headed to Florence-devastated community

The volunteers from the Biloxi fire museum and Biloxi Fire Department have traditionally gone into disaster zones weeks after a disaster to help typically overwhelmed first responders care for their own damaged property. And with Hurricane Florence, which swamped communities along the east coast, the Biloxi volunteers have apparently found the neediest of the needy: […]

Cones to make appearance at Cruisin’ this year

Cruisin’ the Coast, not unlike other major events in Biloxi, will see traffic cones going down on parts of U.S. 90, but Biloxi Police say it could be a case similar to this year’s Scrapin’ the Coast: There may be no reason to reserve a lane of traffic for emergency vehicles. As part of the […]

October BNews: Something old, something new

Who remembers the old Kimbrough & Quint drug store in downtown? It was part of an era when you could find anything in downtown Biloxi, literally. A look at the bustling downtown from Back in the Day along with an update on the restoration of Howard Avenue are among the stories included in the October […]

Waterfront meetings focus on Point Cadet possibilities

“I thought the great thing about it,” says Mayor Andrew ‘FoFo” Gilich of the recent two days of waterfront meetings at City Hall, “is that people came together and talked about the future of the waterfront, especially the vacant land on Point Cadet.” In fact, it was standing-room-only for the opening gathering at City Hall, […]

Biloxi’s first roadways

Can you guess which of Biloxi’s streets is the oldest?  You might be surprised.  When the first settlers made landfall on the southernmost shores of this city’s peninsula, they did not encounter a ready-made path to travel east and west.  Indeed, the first documented byway appearing on maps through Biloxi is drawn as a narrow […]

Road workers racing toward November milestones

October marks the home stretch for two major milestones: The paving of Division Street, and the re-opening of Howard Avenue to two-way traffic between Reynoir and Lameuse streets. Both of the accomplishments are expected by the end of October. “Division Street is the backbone of the infrastructure work north of the railway,” said Mayor Andrew […]

2018 had its share of milestones for Shuckers

By Hunter Reed Biloxi Shuckers General Manager The fourth season of Biloxi Shuckers baseball at MGM Park has somehow already come and gone. While coming up short in the Championship Series against the Jackson Generals was a disappointing end to a very memorable season, there is definitely a lot to be proud of this year. […]

‘Betsy Ann’ will continue cruising Biloxi waterfront

The riverboat “Betsy Ann” will be sailing for at least another year along the Biloxi waterfront. The Gilich Administration has come to agreement with operators of the “Betsy Ann,” the paddle wheel excursion vessel that has been offering dinner and eco-cruises out of Point Cadet Marina since March of 2018. “We’ve been very pleased with […]

Biloxi firefighters part of Florence response

The Biloxi Fire Department, which has helped first-responders in the aftermath of disasters across the country, already has firefighters responding to the East Coast to help with Hurricane Florence. Biloxi firefighters Cameron Whiteside and Chuck Parker are members of the Mississippi Task Force 3, one of the state’s three emergency task forces. The group, which also includes 10 […]

C-USA baseball championship returning to Biloxi

Conference USA and Overtime Sports announed today that MGM Park will be the site of the 2019 C-USA Baseball Championship. The eight-team, double-elimination tournament will take place Wednesday, May 22 through Sunday, May 26 at MGM Park. This will mark the third consecutive year that the event will be played in Biloxi. The 2016 C-USA Championship […]

Unregistered garbage carts disappearing in Biloxi

The city has rounded up more than a hundred residential garbage carts because they were not associated with an account and more unregistered carts will be removed when discovered, says Biloxi Chief Administrative Officer Mike Leonard. The city collects $14.33 a month for weekly garbage, trash and recycling service from about 11,950 households, but the […]

Shuckers face Generals in league championship

The Biloxi Shuckers, who on Saturday won the South Division championship over the Pensacola Blue Wahoos, travel to Jackson, Tenn. Tuesday to kick off a best-of-five Southern League championship with the North Division champions, the Jackson Generals. The championship series will continue with second game in Jackson on Wednesday and returns to Biloxi on Friday […]

Shuckers, seafood headline weekend

It’s a big weekend, with Shuckers and seafood leading the way. The Biloxi Seafood Festival, one of the city’s signature events, takes place Saturday and Sunday, on the Town Green, with a host of live entertainment, arts and crafts, kid activities, and, of course, a variety of seafood dishes. And over at MGM Park on […]

Waterfront meeting draws full house to City Hall

It was standing-room-only this afternoon at Biloxi City Hall for a discussion of the possibilities for development on Biloxi’s Point Cadet. Ann Breen and Dick Rigby, co-directors of The Washington, D.C-based Waterfront Center, presented an hour-long slide show of successful waterfront developments, which prompted an hour-long discussion of the vacant land situated at Biloxi’s easternmost […]

Public meetings to focus on Biloxi waterfront

Development of Biloxi’s waterfront, especially vacant land at Point Cadet, will be the focus of a meeting this afternoon that will feature two waterfront development authorities who had a hand in Biloxi’s award-winning waterfront master plan in the 1980s. During the 1:30 public meeting at City Hall, Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich will introduce Ann Breen […]

Shuckers open playoffs against Pensacola tonight

The Biloxi Shuckers, who won the first and second halves of the South Division, will open the 2018 Southern League Divisional Round by hosting the Pensacola Blue Wahoos at MGM Park this evening at 6:35. The Shuckers are set to send 2018 Southern League Most Outstanding Pitcher RHP Zack Brown (9-1, 2.40) to the mound […]

Coast casinos to close; sheriff announces curfew

The Mississippi Gaming Commission has announced that Coast casinos will close today no later than 5 p.m. The sheriff of Harrison County, meantime, has announced that a curfew will be in effect from 7 p.m. until 7 a.m. See the latest Gordon forecast See the local forecast See real-time radar   News & notes: Facebook, […]

Non-emergency city offices to close at 2

Extra shifts of police officers and firefighters will be on duty today and throughout the evening, but Biloxi Chief Administrative Officer Mike Leonard says non-emergency city offices in Biloxi will close at 2 this afternoon. “We take this measure of closing early in an abundance of caution,” Leonard said. “However, residents should be aware that all […]

Council to declare state of emergency

The Biloxi City Council will hold a special meeting at 11:30 this morning to declare that a state of emergency exists in Biloxi as the city continues to prepare for tonight’s expected landfall of Gordon, now a tropical storm with sustained winds of 65 mph and 230 miles east-southeast of the Mississippi River. Biloxi, which […]

Biloxi orders evacuation of harbors

It’s official: Gordon is expected to make landfall on the Mississippi Gulf Coast on Tuesday night, and the National Weather Service has issued a hurricane warning, with the possibility of hurricane-force winds expected begining late Tuesday afternoon. All vessels in Biloxi’s four harbors and marinas, about 300 craft in all, have been ordered to evacuate […]

City moving forward with Popp’s Ferry extension

The city is sending letters to about three dozen property owners in the route of the extension of Popp’s Ferry Road to U.S. 90 letting them know that the process is beginning for the city to buy their property. City Engineer Christy LeBatard said the letters will be mailed in the next couple of weeks […]

New bridge for Popp’s Ferry still years away

The Popp’s Ferry bridge doesn’t open a dozen or so times a day as it did years ago for coal barges, but the 20,000 motorists who travel the bridge on an average day will tell you they cross their fingers each time the span opens. That’s because the two-lane, low-level bridge, now 39 years old […]

BNews: Road work update and $25 from Margaritaville

The September issue of BNews Monthly, with a detailed look at roadwork through the city and a $25 match play coupon from Margaritaville Biloxi, will begin arriving in homes and businesses throughout Biloxi on Thursday. The 16-page issue includes a comprehensive update and detailed maps on infrastructure work north and south of the CSX railway, […]

Big issues on City Council agenda Tuesday

Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich next week will be asking the City Council to move forward on a host of high-profile issues that have been in the works for months and, in some cases, years. When the council meets on Tuesday at 1:30 p.m., the agenda includes an Administration proposal establishing a downtown housing incentive program.  […]

Weekend preview: Sports Hall to welcome six

The Biloxi Sports Hall of Fame will induct six new members during a ceremony Sunday at 5 p.m. at the Biloxi Civic Center. The Class of 2018 is Eric Fortenberry, who former Indians basketball coach Laird called “one of the best Biloxi players of all time,” along with baseball standout Glenn Lamas and former football […]

Waffle House plans unique look at new site

Waffle House is big on Biloxi – covered, smothered and chunked, in the hash browns vernacular – but the company’s fifth location will be off the menu. That’s because the new location, on U.S. 90 just west of Bellman Street, is in a Biloxi historic district and Waffle House developers answered Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich’s […]

The Blake headlines bustling lineup of growth

Amid the talk of boardwalks and parks and fire stations, the city’s Community Development Department has issued what may be one of its largest building permits of the year: a $15.5 million permit for construction of an assisted living facility on Popp’s Ferry Road near Cedar Lake Road. In fact, ground was broken Wednesday morning […]

New walkway in the works north of harbor

The new pedestrian bridge at U.S. 90 and Caillavet Street – linking the Beau Rivage employee parking garage and the Beau Rivage itself – will begin taking shape over the highway in a few months, and about that time, the City of Biloxi will begin work on a second U.S. 90 pedestrian overpass, west of […]

Cable One to air Katrina, Camille specials

The City of Biloxi and Cable One will air a series of special storm-related programming beginning tonight and continuing all day Wednesday to commemorate the anniversaries of Hurricanes Camille and Katrina, and to help educate residents about the dangers of storms and flooding.  Cable One, beginning at 6 this evening on Cable Channel 69, is […]

Biloxi to introduce new gear for firefighters

The Biloxi Fire Department this week will become one of the first departments in the country to use turnout gear that employs protective cuffs to help reduce exposure to toxic substances. The new turnout gear also will have a revolutionary, lightweight design. The department is scheduled to receive 30 new sets of turnout gear, which […]

Oscar Renda, Hemphill update progress

The lane closures on U.S. 90 west of White Avenue should be history in about three weeks, and all of Division Street should be paved at the end of October, according to the latest video update from contractors rebuilding the infrastructure in east Biloxi. “Our utility work, the installation of sewer and water lines along […]

Remembering Camille

Editor’s note: This issue of BNews launches a new monthly column on Biloxi history, written by the manager of the Local History and Genealogy section of the Biloxi Public Library. By Jane Shambra Hurricanes are nothing new to the Gulf Coast.  Before the days of high technology, we can find documented evidence of monstrous visits […]

Budget: More gaming money, more cops, no new taxes

The city expects to see a million dollars in new revenue from sports betting in the coming fiscal year, and plans are to hire an additional six police officers, with no increase in the city property tax rate. Those are some of the announcements that have come from a series of workshops the Gilich Administration […]

Familiar-looking fire station planned for north of Bay

The city broke ground this morning on another new fire station north of the Bay, and architect Mark Williams says passersby will see a familiar site when the station begins coming out of the ground over the next several months. That’s because Station 10, which is on Old Highway 67 east of Cedar Lake Road, […]

Biloxi hopes remains of hometown war hero are found

Are the remains of a Biloxi Air Force lieutenant among those that North Korean recently returned to the United States? That’s the question Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich is asking of Defense Department officials in the wake of news that North Korea is returning remains from the Korean War. First Lt. Robert Phillip Gaude Jr., whose […]

MDOT plans paving, repairs for U.S. 90 in Biloxi

Sharp-eyed motorists on U.S. 90 in Biloxi may have noticed markings on the asphalt near storm drains, the first signal that MDOT is nearly ready to begin a major paving and repair project on the nine miles of highway between DeBuys Road and the Biloxi Bay Bridge. Contractors are currently inspecting and videoing existing drain […]

The inside story on NTSB’s bus-train crash report

The National Transportation Safety Board, after months of investigating the deadly bus-train accident in Biloxi in 2017, said CSX and the city should have taken action to resolve the issues at the crossing, but a six-page abstract of the report recommended that state and federal agencies need to develop specific guidelines for signage at dangerous crossings […]

Howard Avenue work, despite surprises, on schedule

Engineers and contractors working on the nearly $2 million reconstruction of the downtown section of Howard Avenue report that work is on schedule for its October completion, but the project has not been without its surprises. Most of the work over the past four months has been below-ground construction, such as storm drains and water […]

Gilich: Rail crossing oversight is a complex issue

Here is a statement from Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich regarding the NTSB findings from the deadly bus-train accident at the Main Street crossing in Biloxi in March 2017: “We haven’t been waiting for the findings of the NTSB to be reactive on railroad crossing safety. We’ve been proactive. “Before the tragic accident last year, we […]

NTSB to release bus-train collision findings

The National Transportation Safety Board, during a board meeting this morning at 8:30, will release its findings on the probable cause of the March 2017 collision of an ECHO Transportation motorcoach and a CSX freight train at the Main Street rail crossing in Biloxi. Four of the 49 motorcoach passengers were killed in the crash, […]

Biloxi, Meet the Press

It was Labor Day 1990 when Biloxi musician Robert Collier and Andrew Thomas of the Spinners decided to form a band, Meet the Press, which they figured would be around for six months or so. And now, 28 years later, this weekend at Point Cadet Plaza, local audiences will have a chance to see an […]

Today is deadline for Biloxi schools registration

Those students who are not registered for Biloxi Public Schools by this afternoon at 3 won’t be able to attend classes on the first day of school, which is Monday. Registration is taking place at public schools across the city. Those who miss the today’s registration deadline will be included in late registration, which begins […]

Cruisin’ The Coast seeks ‘Cruisin’ Krewe’ volunteers

Cruisin’ The Coast is looking for fun-loving Coastians who want to be a part of “America’s Largest Block Party.” The success and growth of Cruisin’ The Coast has made it necessary to seek community volunteers to help with the annual event. The volunteers, who will be known as the “Cruisin’ Krewe,” will assist staff and […]

Shuckers GM: We’re playoff-bound and just a few games back

The Shuckers return to MGM Park Thursday for a five-game homestand against the Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp. As the regular season winds down and the playoffs approach, it’s time to check in with General Manager Hunter Reed. The Shuckers were off to a fast start at the beginning of the season and seem to have been […]

Council will meet Tuesday morning, afternoon

Biloxi could see a new software training center open next year, offering one-year courses where graduates could be assured jobs paying at least $50,000 a year. It’s part of Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich’s plan to see the new center, known as a “coding academy”, established in Biloxi where high school graduates would learn to write […]

Biloxi seeks state action on internet sales

This weekend it’s a sales tax-free weekend in Mississippi for those buying back-to-school supplies, primarily clothing and footwear under $100, but this week Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich and the Biloxi City Council went on record asking for action on another sales tax issue: interstate sales over the internet. The City Council, at Gilich’s request, passed […]

Classes resume Aug. 6 at Biloxi Public Schools

The 2018-2019 school year begins on Aug. 6 for the Biloxi Public Schools. When the doors open on Biloxi’s eight public schools — Biloxi High, Biloxi Junior High, Biloxi Upper Elementary, and elementary schools at Gorenflo, Jeff Davis, Nichols, North Bay, and Popp’s Ferry – school leaders estimate 6,200 students will be in class. That’s […]

A look at development in Biloxi

No doubt you’ve seen the two big announcements – major expansions in the works at Margaritaville and Treasure Bay – and, as significant as they are, they’re just a fraction of development in Biloxi. In fact, at the moment, Biloxi has $70 million in commercial and residential construction underway, outside of nearly $200 million in […]

City seeks input on plans for CSX access road

The City of Biloxi will host a community engagement meeting on Aug. 2 at 5:30 p.m. in the Biloxi Community Development Department auditorium 676 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. to discuss the proposed federally-funded construction of an east-west roadway north of the CSX railway in east Biloxi. The two-lane roadway, which would be immediately […]

August newsletter on the way to Biloxi residents

The new issue of BNews Monthly, with a focus on development in Biloxi and a host of other city news, will begin arriving in homes and businesses throughout Biloxi on Saturday. The issue also includes information about major expansions at Margaritaville Resort & Family Entertainment Center and Treasure Bay Casino and Hotel, and stories on […]

Popp’s Ferry Causeway Park still on hold

To the casual observer, it may look like it’s complete and ready for visitors, but the Popp’s Ferry Causeway Park won’t be opening for another month. Biloxi Chief Administrative Officer Mike Leonard reports that the city and Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality want marsh grass to mature before the public is allowed into the area, […]

City Council faces host of issues Tuesday

Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich will be asking the Biloxi City Council on Tuesday to approve three key measures, including a pilot program to help create downtown residents and a measure that would ask the state Legislature to protect local governments across the state from sales tax revenue lost to internet sales. The mayor also will […]

Gilich: Thanks to many for such a great air show

“I think it was universally viewed as a success,” Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich says of the weekend’s Blues Over Biloxi air show. “It was exciting for everyone, all of the families that went down to the beach and to Point Cadet, the tourism industry that saw an occupancy rate that will probably be in the […]

Some advice for Day 2 of Blues Over Biloxi

 The finale of the Blues Over Biloxi air show takes place this afternoon, and tens of thousands of spectators are expected along the Biloxi waterfront again today to see a two-and-a-half hour aerial demonstration headlined by the U.S. Navy Blue Angels. Not as many beachgoers were positioned on the beach at 7 a.m. as they […]

Here’s the latest on infrastructure work in east Biloxi

Sure, the Blue Angels are thundering overhead again today, rehearsing for the Blues Over Biloxi air show this weekend, but that doesn’t mean roadwork throughout the city comes to a halt. In fact, here’s the latest update: Porter Avenue and connecting streets north of Division will see asphalt being poured in August, and during the […]

Here’s the lineup for Blues Over Biloxi

Blues over Biloxi is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. and end at 3:30, according to the latest schedule, issued by David Shultz Air Shows. Gates at Harrah’s Great Lawn, the premium viewing location, open at 9 a.m. Here’s what you’ll see: 1 p.m. – Opening ceremony and National Anthem performed by Air Force Maj. […]

Air show has harbors, marina buzzing

More than 100 boaters are in town for the Blues Over Biloxi air show this weekend, and more are on the way, reports Larry Sablich, who oversees the city public marinas, harbors and boat launches. “We have them from Louisiana, Alabama and some came over from Gulfport,” said Sablich, who maintains a supply of slips […]

Lighthouse Pier, Woolmarket library now open

Two anticipated facilities – the Biloxi Lighthouse pier and the new Woolmarket Public Library – are now open. The lighthouse pier, which is the city’s most popular pier, reopened over the weekend after contractors completed repairs from Hurricane Nate damage. The Woolmarket branch of the Harrison County Library System opened this morning at its new digs, […]

No question, these Shuckers are diamond gems

The playoff-bound Biloxi Shuckers have games this evening and Wednesday morning to wrap up a four-game homestand with Jackson (Tenn.) Generals, and Biloxi General Manager Hunter Reed says the Milwaukee Brewers Double-A affiliate is at the top of its game, on and off the field. Last week, in a game on the eve of the […]

First Friday, fireworks, and Shuckers headline weekend events

Biloxi’s First Friday, the monthly downtown affair, ushers in another month this evening with a three-hour event beginning at 5 throughout Rue Magnolia.  Activities include a Downtown Biloxi Stars & Stripes Scavenger Hunt beginning at the Biloxi Main Street table in front of the Threaded Cork, an art reception for Vielsa Harding “An Affair with Art” […]

City releases latest audit, and it’s ‘clean’

The city published its annual audit earlier this week, and, as expected, it’s page after page of tables of numbers, and explanations that may leave Joe Taxpayer in a daze. However, says Biloxi Chief Administrative Officer Mike Leonard, the 152-page document, known as a Comprehensive Annual Financial Report for the City of Biloxi, has several […]

Biloxi fireworks show goes rain or shine

The Biloxi Fourth of July fireworks show begins this evening at 9, fired from a barge inside Deer Island. Here’s what you need to know about the 18-minute show. The weather: It really doesn’t matter, says Jerry Munro of the Boom-Boom Committee. The Biloxi fireworks show will be presented rain or shine. Best viewing: The […]

Shuckers resume games and fireworks this evening

Biloxi Shuckers fans were seeing something unique at MGM Park with the Biloxi squad’s homestand with the Mobile BayBears, which began last Thursday: Instead of the usual five-game homestand, the Shuckers had league permission to play a six-game homestand so the series could stretch to July 3. That was important because all Southern league teams […]

City to again offer fireworks-free zone

Fireworks fans will again be able to enjoy the city’s Fourth of July fireworks presentation on east beach without the fear of being hit with fireworks. The fireworks-free zone, which Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich introduced in 2016, occupies the area between Oak Street and the Biloxi Small Craft Harbor, a mile-long stretch of the eight […]

Get ready for an encore, Back Bay fireworks fans

The thunderstorms may have kept a host of fireworks fans from seeing the fireworks show over Back Bay Sunday night, but there’s good news: IP and Scarlet Pearl have announced that an encore presentation will be Saturday, July 7 at 9 p.m. “With the unfortunate bad weather, we know our local community members and their […]

Biloxi to host series of Fourth fireworks shows

“We love our fireworks, and we love to celebrate,” Biloxi businessman Jerry Munro says of the three fireworks shows coming up to mark the Fourth of July in Biloxi.  The shows, for the record: Sunday, 9 p.m., over Back Bay between IP and Scarlet Pearl casino resorts; Tuesday, post-game Biloxi Shuckers Independence Day Fireworks Extravaganza […]

It’s all good: City issues annual water quality report

Annual testing of the city’s water systems shows that municipal water customers in Biloxi are receiving water that “meets or exceeds all federal and state requirements.” The annual report, mandated by the state Department of Health, is being mailed to all city residents and businesses in the July issue of BNews Monthly.  The four-page consumer-confidence […]

Shuckers host BayBears daily through Tuesday

The Shuckers have another lineup of fan promotions for the upcoming Mobile Bay Bears homestand, which begins today and runs through Tuesday. The Shuckers (45-31) are coming off a six-game series in Chattanooga. The Double-A Biloxi squad, which won the first half of its Southern League South Division, is currently tied for first with Pensacola. […]

July issue of BNews Monthly on the way

The latest issue of BNews Monthly – with more pages, more stories and more advertisers – will be arriving in all Biloxi homes, businesses, apartments, condos and PO boxes in the next few days. The newsletter and calendar of events, which follows up on the premiere issue in June, features more than two dozen stories, […]

Margaritaville gets green light for major expansion

State and local leaders gathered at Margaritaville Resort Biloxi this afternoon to announce that the Point Cadet resort has received state approval to move forward with its major expansion, which includes an amusement park and second hotel. The Barrington Group, which originally announced the $140 million investment in 2016, has worked since that time to secure […]

MML, police chiefs in town this week

Biloxi motorists will be seeing a host of unfamiliar public vehicles on U.S. 90 and other local roadways this week: Police cars and an array of municipal vehicles from across the state. The annual Mississippi Municipal League convention, which attracts more than 3,000 municipal elected officials, municipal employees, state agency employees, legislators and exhibitors begins gathering […]

Woolmarket city water: A progress report

More than 240 homes and businesses in Woolmarket area have received access to city sewer in the past year or so, meaning that nearly 1,700 of the 3,100 homes and businesses in Woolmarket now have access to city water and/or sewer. But, says Ward 7 Councilman Nathan Barrett, even with the progress and with plans […]

Work and plans for Biloxi boardwalks moving forward

The West Biloxi boardwalk continues on track for its completion this summer, and plans are already in the works for a boardwalk that will wrap around the tip of the Biloxi peninsula. The West Biloxi work, a city-county project using more than a million dollars in Tidelands funds, will be more than 3,000 feet long […]

City awards $4 million contract for Cedar-Popp’s fire station

It’s official: Construction of a new fire station is scheduled to begin on city property on Popp’s Ferry Road east of Cedar Lake Road in the next few weeks, and the new station should be operational this time next year. The station, known as Station 7, will be a 13,000-square-foot fire command station to serve […]

Barring storms, contractors see progress on Irish Hill, Division

Biloxi’s two infrastructure contractors – Oscar Renda and Hemphill – are heading in to the peak of afternoon thundershower season, but both expect rain delays to be minimal, barring any tropical storms. In fact, both say, motorists, residents and businesses should  xpect to see major progress on Irish Hill Drive and Division Street. Oscar Renda […]

Traffic cones in place; Scrapin underway

Public Works crews this morning placed traffic cones in the center lanes of U.S. 90 in the 8.2 miles from I-110 and DeBuys Road signaling the big news for beachfront motorists: Scrapin the Coast 2018 has arrived. The annual two-day show, now in its 16th year at the Coast Coliseum, attracts a decidedly younger demographic than […]

Holloway services set for Friday; other news and notes

The Biloxi Police and Fire departments, two agencies that had seen overwhelming growth in the A.J. Holloway administration, will play key roles in the former mayor’s funeral service Friday morning, as condolences continue to arrive in the wake of the mayor’s passing. Visitation for the 22-year mayor will be Friday from 9:30 a.m. to noon […]

A.J. Holloway, ‘a legend in so many ways,’ dead at 79

A.J. Holloway, who oversaw an unprecedented number of quality-of-life improvements during his unprecedented 22 years as Biloxi’s mayor, died early Tuesday morning. He was 79. He was elected to the City Council in 1989 and elected mayor in 1993, 1997, 2001, 2005, 2009, and 2013, before resigning in 2015.  Holloway became mayor a year after […]

Biloxi air show to feature huge food truck rally

When the “Blues over Biloxi” air show takes place July 21-22 in Biloxi, the U.S. Navy Blue Angels will be only part of the attraction for the beachfront airshow. In an effort to keep the tens of thousands of spectators fed, “Blues Over Biloxi” will feature an army of  mobile food vendors, from three states […]

Galaxy of stars to fete Schooner at MGM Park this evening

Biloxi’s league-leading Shuckers face the Mississippi Braves this evening and Saturday, and tonight’s fireworks extravaganza aside, there will be a galaxy of stars at MGM Park later today. It’s Schooner the Seagull’s birthday, and the Shuckers plan a huge, star-studded pre-game party for the team mascot. Check out this guest list: Finny from Margaritaville Biloxi, Pierre from […]

New building codes go into effect June 1

On June 1, the City of Biloxi begins operating under the 2018 International Building and Fire Codes, which, on the surface may not be a big deal but the updated codes mean property owners should continue to enjoy discounts on building and flood insurance premiums. The codes, which govern new construction and renovations, have minimal […]

Museum to unveil new Golden Fisherman

After four decades, the monument that was designed to commemorate the Biloxi’s and the Coast’s seafood heritage and pay tribute to generations of commercial fisherman will once again rise in honor of the iconic Gulf Coast fisherman. The Maritime & Seafood Industry Museum will unveil the new Golden Fisherman statue on Thursday as part of […]

Shuckers face Braves all week at MGM Park

The league-leading Biloxi Shuckers return to MGM Park this evening to kick off a five-game series against in-state rival Mississippi Braves.  Games will be played daily through Friday, but minor league baseball is only part of the attraction, the team says. The lineup of promotions for this week: Today The road to the show travels […]

Alberto heads east; let’s play ball

It’s official: With Subtropical Storm Alberto continuing its track eastward, toward the Florida and Alabama coastline, the storm and flood watches for Biloxi and Harrison County have been discontinued. The forecast for this afternoon is for a 40 percent chance of thundershowers and a high of 83. On Memorial Day itself, however, there’s an 80 […]

Alberto roundup: What to expect and when

Owners of the 300 or so vessels moored at Biloxi’s four public harbors and marinas were notified on Friday to prepare their craft for high winds and high tides as Subtropical Storm Alberto continues to creep toward the Gulf of Mexico, and if they haven’t done so yet, now is the time to act, Port […]

Conference USA moves into Day 2

The Conference USA baseball tournament at MGM Park launched into Day 2 today, with top-seeded USM facing the University of Alabama-Birmingham this afternoon at 1:30, with follow-up games planned at 5 and 8:30 p.m. The tournament runs daily through Sunday, with games telecast nationally on ESPN3 and the title game on Sunday carried by the […]

City launches new citywide monthly newsletter, calendar

The City of Biloxi today is launching “Bnews Monthly,” a full-color monthly newsletter and calendar of events designed to help keep citizens across the city aware of myriad city projects and events. The first edition of the newsletter, dated June 1 and expected to arrive in homes in the next several days, includes nearly two […]

City Council has light agenda Tuesday afternoon

The Biloxi City Council faces an agenda of nine measures and two Code Enforcement hearings when it meets Tuesday at 1:30 p.m. The council is also scheduled to receive an update from Oscar Renda Contracting regarding the infrastructure work north of the CSX railway in east Biloxi.  Among the measures on the agenda: a request […]

Former city director, volunteer William Raymond Sr. dead at 80

William “Billy” Raymond Sr., who served as Biloxi Public Works director and had been a fixture on the Biloxi Mullet Brigade, died unexpectedly overnight Sunday while on a fishing trip in the small town of Samburg, Tenn. Raymond, father of Biloxi Visitors Center Manager and city Historical Administrator Bill Raymond, directed the Public Works Department during […]

C-USA baseball tourney begins Wednesday at MGM

The 2018 Conference USA Baseball Championship begins five days of play Wednesday at MGM Park, with No. 1 seed Southern Miss again leading the contingent of C-USA’s top eight teams in the tournament. Last year’s championship finale at MGM Park, where the Rice Owls edged Southern Miss 5-4, set a Conference USA tournament attendance record, […]

Q&A: The inside pitch on the red-hot Shuckers

You can’t argue with Hunter Reed, the first-year general manager of Biloxi’s minor league baseball team: The stars are aligning in Shuckersville. Consider this: The Double-A team has a commanding lead in its division, has broken a winning-streak record, and on Saturday begins a 10-game homestand where the front office plans to unveil a host […]

Oscar Renda: Dry weather has meant good progress

Oscar Renda Contracting, the firm overseeing the 55 miles of infrastructure work in east Biloxi north of the CSX railway, is aiming to have Division Street paved from one end to the other in October. Superintendent John Cowart made the announcement this week after noting weather and additional workers have helped the project move forward. […]

Hemphill: The challenging part is yet to come

Motorists along U.S. 90 can see progress being made on installing a 16-inch water line along the north side of the highway, between downtown at Seashore Methodist, but Hemphill Construction says the most challenging portions of the work are yet to come. The work is part of an 800-day, $23 million project to see new […]

Groundbreaking for new Keesler gate is Friday

Local, state and federal officials will join Keesler Air Force Base leaders Friday at 10  a.m. to formally break ground on Phase 1 of an estimated $37 million project to locate a new main entry gate at Division Street and Forrest Avenue. The two-and-half-year project includes an expanded and enhanced boulevard along Division from I-110 […]

Fire museum hosts fish fry on Friday

The Biloxi Fire Museum, officially known as West End Hose Co. No. 3 Fire Museum and Education Center, is hosting another of its fish fry luncheons on Friday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., and be forewarned: The event will sell out. Fried fish or fried shrimp plates will be $8 a piece. Desserts and […]

City to christen new fire boat and you’re invited

A bottle of Barq’s root beer will be smashed on the steel-plated bow of the city’s new fire boat this afternoon, marking the official arrival of the 33-foot vessel that Biloxi Fire Chief Joe Boney says is akin to a floating fire truck and ambulance. The christening ceremony, which is open to the public, will […]

R U Ready? Coast Electric will have stirring demonstration

A host of public agencies, emergency relief agencies, businesses and utilities will be involved in this evening’s “R U Ready?” storm-preparedness gathering at the Donal M. Snyder Sr. Community Center, but Coast Electric’s presentation stands to be electrifying. The member-owned electric cooperative, which serves Biloxi homes and businesses north of the Bay of Biloxi, will […]

Gilich, Quave to meet on water Saturday

“It’s the ultimate Point Cadet showdown,” says race chairman Jeffrey Ellis of this weekend’s Biloxi schooner showdown between Mayors Andrew “FoFo” Gilich of Biloxi and Rusty Quave of D’Iberville. “It’s a jugga vs. a Frenchman. Who will claim the title of top skipper: Nort’ Biloxi or South D’Iberville?” Ellis, who’s from a long line of […]

Contractors: Gulf Regional seeks JLUS proposals

Gulf Regional Planning Commission is requesting proposals from qualified contractors to implement the recommendations of the 2017 Joint Land Use Study for Keesler Air Force Base in Biloxi and the Naval Construction Battalion Center in Gulfport. The goal of the JLUS is to protect the viability of current and future missions at Keesler and the […]

Array of agencies to offer helpful storm info

More than two dozen agencies, offering advice for what to do with your pets during a storm and how to get a ride to a shelter, will be on hand Wednesday when the city presents “R U Ready?” a free storm preparedness seminar. The event runs from 5 to 7:30 p.m. at the Donal M. […]

Deadline extended for bait shop proposals

The city has extended the deadline for vendors to submit proposals to operate the bait shop and kayak rental operation at Popp’s Ferry Causeway Park. Potential vendors now have until May 16 at 10 a.m. to submit proposals. The sealed proposals should include the signed and dated submission form, along with a narrative explaining proposed […]

Do you have flood insurance? Check into it

The City of Biloxi, as part of its continuing efforts to educate property owners about the dangers of storms and flooding, is reminding residents about the importance of having flood insurance, regardless of where they live. “More than 20 percent of the claims in the National Flood Insurance Program are from outside identified flood zones,” […]

Military training turns noisy at former school site

A military training exercise Wednesday night at the dormant Beauvoir Elementary School turned into more than police expected after three Black Hawk helicopters and simulated machine gun fire became part of the two-and-a-half-hour exercise. Police have fielded a handful of calls from neighbors asking about the ruckus, which apparently involved about 20 service members. “It’s […]

New wade-in marker added to Freedom Trail

A new Mississippi Freedom Trail marker dedicated Tuesday memorializes the Biloxi Beach Wade-In, which led to integration of the state’s public beaches. “The Biloxi Beach Wade-In was an important chapter in the civil rights movement both in Mississippi and America,” says Visit Mississippi Director Craig Ray. “Through more than two dozen interpretive markers, the Mississippi Freedom Trail […]

City seeks nominees for Historic Preservation awards

The City of Biloxi, which saw nearly half of its landmarks properties destroyed by Hurricane Katrina in 2005, is now seeking nominations for this year’s Historic Preservation Awards. Nominations must be submitted by Friday, May 11, with awards to be presented in a ceremony at the Biloxi Visitors Center on May 22. Said Biloxi Mayor […]

Collier named Volunteer of the Year

Robert Collier, who last year was named the city’s Father of the Year, was named the Distinguished Volunteer of the Year for his all-encompassing volunteer efforts with Biloxi Public Schools youths. Collier was one of dozens honored during the city’s 35th annual Volunteer Recognition Awards at the Biloxi Civic Center. He has volunteered with Biloxi […]

Seafood Museum to unveil new exhibit

The “Rod Hedgecock, Rustic Old to Rustic New” exhibition opening reception will take place at the Maritime and Seafood Industry Museum, 115 1st Street, on Thursday, May 10, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. There will be no cost for admission, and visitors will have a chance to meet the artist and sample refreshments and hors […]

Old courthouse demolition well underway

Community Bank kicked off the demolition of the old federal courthouse in downtown Biloxi with a ceremony this morning at 9:30, and a couple hours later, nearly all of the building’s exterior was gone. The location at Lameuse Street and Howard Avenue will be the site of the bank’s new Biloxi office. Video: See the […]

Demolition of old federal courthouse to begin

Community Bank plans to conduct a demolition ceremony Tuesday at 9 a.m. to signal the demolition of a long-vacant downtown structure, the old federal courthouse, which is on MLK Boulevard between Lameuse and Main streets. A demolition permit, valued at $65,000, was issued recently to DCD Construction, to demolish the old courthouse. DCD, an Ocean Springs firm, […]

Oscar Renda: More progress means more detours

Oscar Renda Contracting reports that more workers are working on more streets than at any other time in the history of the north project. However, for motorists that means more temporary detours while progress is being made.  In this month’s video report, Project Superintendent John Cowart reviews the step-by-step process in rebuilding utilities under a […]

City seeks vendor for Popp’s Ferry bait shop

Construction work is winding down on the Popp’s Ferry Causeway Park and the city is now looking for an entrepreneur to operate the new bait shop and create a kayak rental operation. In fact, potential vendors have a chance to tour the new bait shop on Saturday between 10 a.m. and noon, and the city […]

Business owners, fly high with the Blue Angels

The “Blues over Biloxi” Air Show, featuring the U.S. Navy Blue Angels, is coming up July 21-22 over the Biloxi Beach, and local businesses have a chance to have their brand in front of the tens of thousands of individuals expected in town for the show. Sponsorship packages begin at $3,000 and are now available […]

City’s B-Alert system makes it mark

The city’s new B-Alert advisory system, which made its debut with Spring Break, sent out nearly 28 advisories over the weekend and two Alert messages, one on Friday evening when the city launched its Spring Break traffic plan on U.S. 90 and another on Saturday when a tornado warning was issued. The new service, powered […]

City gauges interest in downtown sites

The City of Biloxi is testing the waters to see if developers are interested in prime city-owned downtown properties: the Magnolia Hotel and an adjoining public parking area, the Creole Cottage, and the large tract of land across the street from Biloxi City Hall.

By city’s count, casino industry posts largest month of year

Biloxi’s casino market in March posted its best month of the six-month-old fiscal year, taking in $75 million from gamblers, according to figures released by the city’s Finance Division. The number is $13 million off the March 2017 figure, but it is keeping pace with the more than $400 million in gross gaming revenue this […]

Rivers remain swollen after weekend rain

Emergency managers report that rivers in Biloxi and Harrison County remain above flood stage, and will remain high today and tomorrow. The status as of 2 this afternoon: — Wolf River is currently 8.99 feet; it is forecast to fall below its eight-foot flood stage early Tuesday morning. — Biloxi River is currently 13.82 feet; it […]

Spring Break: Numbers down all around

Police and city leaders are pleased with the effectiveness of the city’s Spring Break traffic plan, but at the same time early indications are that Spring Break 2018 had half of the 70,000 visitors of last year and a quarter of the 125,000 visitors expected this year. In fact, the occupancy rate was lower than […]

Traffic cones in place; plan is in the offing

Biloxi Public Works crews began positioning traffic cones between left and right lanes on U.S. 90 today, signaling the implementation of the Spring Break traffic plan, which reserves the left lane for emergency vehicles. Although the cones are in place now, police don’t expect to prohibit public use of the left lane until Friday morning […]

City Desk: The last Spring Break preview

Police Major Chris DeBack, public information officer in the Biloxi Police Department, drops by this week’s City Desk podcast for last-minute thoughts and advice regarding the Spring Break traffic plan. The podcast was recorded this morning at City Hall, about 24 hours before the traffic plan was expected to be implemented.  Listen to the program […]

City reminds vendors, property owners to obtain permits

The number of city-approved vendors who plan to locate on private property along U.S. 90 this weekend for Spring Break is now approaching three dozen, prompting the city to remind promoters and property owners that permits must be secured for food and retail vendors. Police continue to expect as many as 100,000 to 125,000 visitors […]

Keesler closing main gate to avoid U.S. 90 traffic

Keesler Air Force Base has announced that its main gate, at White Avenue, is closing Thursday at 6 p.m. and will remain closed until Monday at 5 a.m. because of expected Spring Break traffic on U.S. 90. The Keesler Visitors Center, which is at the White Avenue gate, will move operations to the Meadows Road […]

C Spire increases network capacity ahead of Spring Break

C Spire, the company that provides the city’s wireless service, is deploying additional capacity to its mobile communications network this week to help handle the anticipated increase in demand for voice and data cell service. The city had requested the additional service – which will include increased capacity at area cell towers and the deployment […]

Business owners, team up with the Blue Angels

The “Blues over Biloxi” Air Show, featuring the U.S. Navy Blue Angels, is coming up July 21-22 over the Biloxi Beach, and local businesses have a chance to have their brand in front of the tens of thousands of individuals expected in town for the show. The City of Biloxi has teamed up with Harrah’s […]

Biloxi waterfront plans eligible for new federal program

Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich’s proposed development of the Point Cadet waterfront received a large boost today when the United States Treasury Department certified three Biloxi census tracts for inclusion in the federal Opportunity Zone tax deferment program. “The Point Cadet property was part of our No. 1 proposed Opportunity Zone,” Gilich said, “for the purpose […]

Spring Break vendors renting front beach properties

Over the years, two “park-n-play” lots, heavily promoted on social media for months as “Spring Break headquarters,” have been the focal point of Spring Break activities near the Coast Coliseum, which has its own array of activities under the banner of “Black Beach Weekend.” The Coast Coliseum has thousands of parking spaces that will be […]

Changes in works for Howard Avenue, old federal courthouse

Both of the ideas have been discussed for years – returning two-way traffic to Howard Avenue and doing something with the abandoned old federal courthouse in downtown Biloxi – and today marked a dual milestone. Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich donned a hardhat and glasses and took a jackhammer to a section of concrete on Howard […]

Howard Avenue project to begin next week

The project to restore downtown Howard Avenue kicks off Monday at 11 a.m., when Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich ceremoniously dons a hard hat and goggles, and plants a jackhammer into the narrow roadway that in 180 or so days will be transformed into a two-lane street with convenient parking and sidewalks. In fact, Howard Avenue […]

Repairs to public piers ready to move forward

The 45-day job to repair the Hurricane Nate-damaged Lighthouse Pier and three other city piers is scheduled to begin by the middle of May and be completed by the end of June. This week, the city accepted two bid packages: One for the popular Lighthouse Pier and another for the repairs to the Coliseum pier, […]

City Desk podcast: The in’s and out’s of the traffic plan

Police Chief John Miller discusses the Spring Break traffic plan in a “City Desk” podcast was recorded on April 5. Also in the program: Fire Chief Joe Boney discusses the city’s new fire boat.  To listen, click here.

Spring Break: A gathering of the first responders

As many as 120,000 visitors could be in town for Spring Break next weekend, according to Biloxi Police Chief John Miller, who this morning briefed first responders from communities surrounding Biloxi about the city’s Spring Break traffic plan and how it could impact their respective roadways. Miller opened the hour-long meeting by announcing that social […]

Word spreading on Spring Break traffic plan

Copies of the Spring Break traffic plan are being delivered to hoteliers throughout Biloxi this week, and notice of the plan is being mailed to every resident and business in Biloxi next week. It’s all part of the plan to make the public and visitors aware of Spring Break 2018, scheduled for April 13-15, when […]

Q&A: Spring break and the traffic plan

Biloxi residents, motorists, businesses and public safety workers are preparing for more visitors – police say as many as 125,000 – and heavy traffic April 13-15 in connection with an influx of visitors.  Here are frequently asked questions and answers about the event and steps the city takes to keep traffic moving: Who puts on […]

Gilich gives chamber audience view of future

Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich gave his “Breakfast with the Mayor” audience an abbreviated version of the 2½-hour economic development presentation he gave the City Council on Tuesday, but he didn’t abbreviate his enthusiasm. “When people ask how are things in Biloxi, I think back to what my Aunt Clare Sekul Horsnby used to say,”the mayor […]

We must be aggressive in our efforts, Gilich says

Biloxi and the Mississippi Gulf Coast are not growing as quickly as the rest of the state and the Southeast, and the city needs to move forward with a host of economic development initiatives to stimulate economic growth and fully recover from Katrina and the BP oil spill. That’s the message from Biloxi Mayor Andrew […]

Sign up now for city’s new real-time advisory service

With tens of thousands of motorists expected in town next month for Spring Break, the city today is launching B-Alert, a new easy-to-use service that will offer real-time traffic advisories and other information. The new service can use text messaging, email or voice messages to landlines to relay emergency information or advisories pinpointed by location […]

Gilich: Still ‘happening now’

Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich in January delivered a State of the City presentation focusing on a host of city projects that were “happening now,”  and today he launched the City Council meeting by updating many of those initiatives.  The city realized nearly $4,000 from the recent college baseball games at MGM Park, the mayor reported, […]

Downtown plans again on council agenda

Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich’s efforts to restore downtown Biloxi were front and center at the Biloxi City Council meeting again today, with councilmembers approving an analysis of the need for parking garage between Lameuse and Main streets, where a permit has been issued for Community Bank to begin demolition of the long-vacant federal courthouse building. […]

Weather notwithstanding, lots of masquerading on tap

You can expect to see costumed individuals from one end of Biloxi to the other this weekend, with the wearing o’ the green in downtown Biloxi and a huge science-fiction/fantasy convention underway at the Coast Coliseum. But the big question is the weather. Will it rain? The National Weather Service says there’s a 40 percent […]

More paving in works on north contract

Oscar Renda Contracting, which now has six crews installing sewer and drainage lines along Anglada and Main Streets, expects to install three miles of paving on several streets in the next few weeks, and progress is being made on Division Street now that a gas line has been relocated. In this month’s progress video, which […]

St. Pat’s Day means parade, Grillin’ and 5K

The annual Hibernia St. Patrick’s Day parade takes place Saturday afternoon, and the occasion signals the arrival of two other downtown events that day: The annual 5-K run and the popular Grillin’ on the Green. The parade itself begins at 2 p.m. but the day actually begins with a 5K run through downtown beginning with […]

Last call for entries to Camellia, Gulf Coast pageants

The 60th annual Mississippi Camellia Queen and the Miss Gulf Coast pageants, which will be presented Saturday, March 31 at the Beau Rivage Resort & Casino, are issuing the final call for contestants, according to Biloxi Lions Club member Jaye Brice, chair of the pageants. The Camellia pageant and the newly created Miss Gulf Coast […]

St. Pat’s parade will limit U.S. 90 traffic

The St. Patrick’s Day Parade, scheduled to begin Saturday at 2 p.m., will return to its former route this year, beginning at the Biloxi Yacht Club, which means Saturday afternoon traffic on U.S. 90 in east Biloxi will be reduced to two-way traffic. Traffic on U.S. 90 between Oak and Lameuse streets will be limited […]

Award-winning authors, artists on tap for CoastCon

The 41st Annual CoastCon Science Fiction/Fantasy Convention is just around the corner. The three-day fete, scheduled for March 16-18 at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum and Convention Center, celebrates science fiction, fantasy and related literary, artistic and media genres, as well as fans of those genres. The roster of events and offerings includes panels and programs […]

Fire Department completes live-burn exercise

Biloxi firefighters set a house ablaze this morning in North Biloxi and stood by as it became fully engulfed and burned to the ground. It was part of a live-burn training exercise in which firefighters gained real-time, real-fire experience. “The wholesale burning of the house was only part of the exercise, the most dramatic part,” […]

Oscar Renda adds crews to north contract

The firm handling the infrastructure work on 55 miles of streets north of the CSX Railway in east Biloxi has added more than three dozen more workers, a 33 percent increase in manpower, since the beginning of the year, Biloxi Chief Administrative Officer Mike Leonard reports, and an additional subcontractor is coming aboard to help […]

Fire Department to set home ablaze

A house is going to catch fire this week on Camp Wilkes Road. Biloxi firefighters know the address, 820 Camp Wilkes Road; they know the day and time, Wednesday morning about 8:30; and the department will have men on the scene even before the blaze begins. That’s because the fire department itself will be igniting […]

Flood warning issued for Biloxi River

Overnight rainfall has prompted a flood warning for the Biloxi River near Lyman until Tuesday morning, and emergency managers say those along the river should expect minor flooding.  At 9:45 this morning, the river stage was at 7.3 feet, below the 12-flood flood stage, but it was expected to crest at 13 feet this evening […]

Polar plunge, truck pull are Saturday morning at Margaritaville

OK, so it’s not a belly flop into the frigid water of the Northeast, but Maj. Chris DeBack of the Biloxi Police Department, organizer of this weekend’s Polar Plunge and Truck Pull for Mississippi Special Olympics, says it will be an entertaining challenge nonetheless. A dozen registrants are scheduled to plunge into an ice-filled three-foot […]

Keesler Medical Center named best in Air Force

With 25,000 patients a year, Keesler Medical Center is one of the largest and busiest hospitals in the entire Department of Defense, and now it’s also been deemed the best in the Air Force. The Air Force Surgeon General has awarded Keesler Air Force Base Medical Center the coveted “Hospital of the Year” distinction. Keesler […]

Pickleball gathering is Saturday at Popp’s Ferry courts

Pickleball continues to be a huge and growing story in Biloxi and along the Mississippi Gulf Coast. This weekend, on Saturday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., there’s an event where pickleball players, armed services veterans and active duty U.S. Air Force personnel will all join at the six new courts on Popp’s Ferry Road, […]

Oscar Renda: All streets east of Lee in final stages

Oscar Renda Contracting reports a number of milestones in this month’s video of progress, which was published today on the city’s YouTube channel. The highlights of the three-minute video from John Cowart, general superintendent for Oscar Renda: All streets east of Lee Street are nearing completion, with contractors focusing on issues such as repairing any […]

Work on U.S. 90 pedestrian walkway to begin

Malouf Construction will begin site work Monday on the U.S. 90 pedestrian overpass just west of Caillavet Street, at MGM Park. The first work passing motorists should expect to see in the MDOT project will be the installation of temporary fencing at the work site. Motorists should expect intermittent lane closures during the project, which […]

Le Cafe grand opening is this evening

Le Café Beignet, the coffee shop housed in the old Biloxi Public Library, has its grand opening “NOLA-style” this evening from 5 to 8 p.m., with an outdoor gathering that will include the Blackwater Brass Band, free beignets and mimosas, and door prizes. The gathering marks a milestone that Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich envisioned months […]

New fire boat turned red for Valentine’s Day

The folks constructing the city’s new fire boat must have a sentimental side, Biloxi Fire Chief Joe Boney says: On Wednesday, Valentine’s Day, they sent photos of red paint being applied to the 33-foot vessel, scheduled for delivery in April. The all-aluminum craft replaces the city’s 17-year-old 27-foot fiberglass fire boat, and the new vessel […]

Police make mark on Mardi Gras Day visitor

Mardi Gras Day in Biloxi, where tens of thousands of people are concentrated into a several-block area of downtown, can be a challenging time for public safety workers, but the Biloxi Police brightened a few faces on Tuesday. There have been reports of officers making sure children went home with beads after parades, a wedding […]

Tuesday’s parade will be end of era for Holmes

This year’s Gulf Coast Carnival Association parade, billed as “The Ride of Your Life,” will actually be the last ride for longtime parade chairman Bill Holmes. Holmes, who has chaired the parade for 24 of his 26 volunteer years with GCCA, is hoping the parade goes off without people even thinking of the chairman, who […]

FAA: Drone operators should be aware of regulations

The FAA has asked the Biloxi Police Department to be on the lookout for unauthorized drones and question operators, especially during upcoming Mardi Gras parades or any other large events. “Essentially what we’ve been told is that there are regulations involving the use of drones, which the FAA considers aircraft,” Police Chief John Miller said. […]

Benefit lunch to aid ailing police officer

The Biloxi Police Department will be serving plates of red beans and rice with sausage and salad for lunch Friday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. to raise money for retired officer Mitch Roberts, who is recovering from a stroke. Those interested can dine at the West End Hose Company No. 3, the Biloxi Fire […]

Wicker discusses issues with Chiefs Miller, Wills

Biloxi Police Chief John Miller and Assistant Chief Michael Wills were in Washington this week to meet with U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker to discuss the local impacts of the federally-funded Regional Information Sharing Systems. Wicker has been a strong proponent of the system, known as RISS. The program is  locally-managed and provides 172 Mississippi law enforcement […]

Shoebox float winners on parade tonight

Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich will join leaders of Gulf Coast Carnival this evening in honoring the future of Mardi Gras in the 20th annual Shoe Box Float Contest winners. Recognition of the shoebox float winners is near the top of the agenda for tonight’s City Council meeting, which begins at 6 o’clock at City Hall. […]

City releases Mardi Gras traffic plan, tips

The City of Biloxi today rolled out its Mardi Gras traffic plan and safety reminders for the upcoming Neptune and Gulf Coast Carnival Association parades, and Biloxi Police Chief John Miller says the plan should be nothing new to longtime paradegoers. The two-sided card, now available online and soon at local businesses and hotels, reminds […]

Women in Construction program seeks students

The Women in Construction program at Moore Community House in Biloxi, which has graduated more than 400 women since 2008, is now enrolling for its next class, and you can find out more during an information session on Feb. 7. The free, full-time, eight-week basic construction course provides students the needed tools to enter the […]

Gilich: Vision turns to reality in 2018

Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich told a State of the City audience that a host of big-ticket projects that his administration has been talking about for months will become reality this year, with more on the way. “Make no mistake,” the mayor told a Biloxi Bay Chamber luncheon audience. “2018 is going to be the year […]

Gilich kicks off State of the City week

Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich will deliver his State of the City presentation today, to a luncheon and online audience, and to cable TV audiences the rest of the week. The occasion marks Gilich’s third State of the City address since being elected in a special election in 2015, but his first since beginning his first […]

Chamber proud to be part of ‘History of Biloxi’

When the Biloxi Visitors Center premieres its new film short, “The History of Biloxi,” Tuesday evening, it will be a special moment for the Biloxi Chamber of Commerce, which helped fund the new 11-minute documentary. “Our own history is deeply rooted in the site of the Visitors Center, as it was the original location of […]

Coast’s newest attraction has maiden voyage tonight

The Betsy Ann, a stern-driven paddlewheeler now moored at Point Cadet Marina, makes it maiden voyage this evening at 6, and owner Michael White says he believes it’s going to be as popular as his Lucky Duck amphibious cruises that were offered before Hurricane Katrina decimated the Coast. White had begun offering sightseeing tours on […]

Visitors Center set to premiere new film

The Biloxi Visitors Center’s theater will soon be showing a new movie for visitors – and it’s old Biloxi. The city’s museums division will officially premiere the new film short, “History of Biloxi,” on Tuesday, Jan. 23, beginning at 5 p.m. The free showings will be every 30 minutes through 6:30 p.m. The premiere is […]

Weather-wise, the worst may have passed

OK, so bridges and interstate ramps closed today, icy conditions made driving hazardous, and school was suspended. What can we expect tonight and Thursday? “Fortunately, we’re not expecting to see precipitation like we saw today, and much of the ice is thawing on the bridges,” said Biloxi Emergency Manager Michelle Crowley, “but the fact is, […]

Icy conditions prompt bridge closures, power strain

A slight dusting of snow fell in Biloxi overnight, and icy conditions on roadways caused the closure of three bridges, the Biloxi Bay Bridge, which links Biloxi and Ocean Springs, the Cedar Lake Bridge and the Lorraine Road bridge, and hazardous driving conditions throughout the city. Police report that black ice – transparent coating of […]

Spring break, Mardi Gras plans to top council agenda

Biloxi Police Chief John Miller, whose department is tasked with planning for traffic and crowd control for major events in the city, will discuss plans for two upcoming major endeavors, Mardi Gras and spring break, during the City Council meeting on Tuesday. During the same meeting, Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich is asking the City Council […]

Giddy up, cowpokes! It’s the Biloxi finals

The Professional Cowboy Association, rodeo’s premier showcase with cowboys and cowgirls trying to wrangle their share of more than $140,000, takes place this weekend at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum. The rodeo, a culmination of three dozen rodeos throughout the Southeast, features competition in eight events: bareback riding, saddle-bronco riding, steer wrestling, team roping, calf roping, […]

Nominations being accepted for Outstanding Citizen of 2017

The Biloxi Lions Club is now accepting nominations for Biloxi’s Outstanding Citizen of 2017. Nomination requests have been sent to more than 70 local churches, and fraternal, civic and business organizations.  Organizer Greg Crapo said guidelines include outstanding service to the Biloxi community during 2017. The nomination should be based on altruism and not part […]

It was a night of heroes for Biloxi Fire Department

Selfless acts of heroism by first responders and civilians at the multi-casualty train-charter bus incident in downtown Biloxi in 2017 dominated the Biloxi Fire Department’s inaugural awards ceremony Monday night, but also saw firefighters recognized for off-duty gallantry and volunteerism.  Nearly 200 awards were presented during the 75-minute ceremony at the Dr. Frank G. Gruich […]

Fire department honors Best of 2017

Selfless acts of heroism by first responders and civilians at the multi-casualty train-charter bus incident in downtown Biloxi in 2017 dominated the Biloxi Fire Department’s inaugural awards ceremony Monday night, but also saw firefighters recognized for off-duty gallantry and volunteerism.  Nearly 200 awards were presented during the 90-minute ceremony at the Dr. Frank G. Gruich […]

Twelfth Night: ‘It will be beautiful, and just a little chilly’

Temperatures are expected to be hovering around 40 degrees for this evening’s Twelfth Night festivities at the Biloxi Visitors Center and Biloxi Mardi Gras Museum, but Andi Oustalet, one of the founders of the event, says a little chilly weather won’t keep celebrants away. “It’s going to be a beautiful night, maybe just a little […]

‘MLK 50’ will be weekend of activities

The community’s annual program to honor the life and times of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. begins Friday, Jan. 12 and well be capped on Monday, Jan. 15 with a parade in downtown Gulfport, marking the 50th anniversary of the death of the storied Civil Right leader. Here’s the schedule of events: Friday, Jan. 12, […]

Fire Department to present inaugural awards, medals ceremony

The Biloxi Fire Department will conduct its inaugural awards ceremony and medal day during a public gathering Monday evening at the Dr. Frank G. Gruich Sr. Community Center, 591 Howard Avenue.  The event will begin with hors d’oeuvres and refreshments at 6:30 p.m., and the program at 7 p.m. Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich and Biloxi […]

More bitter cold forecast; remember the three Ps

 Temperatures are expected to climb to the ’40s this afternoon, and local emergency managers hope property owners will use the time to make sure their property, especially exposed water pipes, are property insulated before sundown, when a hard freeze is expected. The coldest temperatures – as low as 22 degrees with a wind chill possibly […]

Twelfth Night gathering to usher in Carnival season

The Gulf Coast will officially change from the holiday season to Carnival season on Friday with the celebration of Twelfth Night beginning with a 5 p.m. gathering at the Biloxi Visitors Center, followed by a parade to the Mardi Gras Museum. “The Biloxi Visitors Center is where we began the holiday season, with the lighting […]

Be aware: Hard freeze to greet New Year

Enjoy the weather you’re experiencing today and Saturday because a blast of arctic air and sub-freezing temperatures will arrive Sunday night to usher in the New Year. The blast of cold air is expected to move into Biloxi Sunday night through Monday morning with the coldest temperatures – as low as 23 degrees – expected […]

New tour, film to help Biloxi share rich history

The city will be unveiling two new tools – a driving and bicycling guide, and a new History of Biloxi film – to help usher in the New Year in historic fashion. The Essence of Biloxi Driving and Bicycling Trail is a self-guided tour through Biloxi’s long history, richly diverse cultures and unique environment.  The […]

Oscar Renda: More paving completed, road closures pending

Oscar Renda Contracting has completed a new round of paving on sections of Division, Strangi, Alley and Murray streets, but weeks-long road closures are in the works for after the first of year when new sewer lines are installed on Porter Avenue and Querens Street south of Division Street. Project Superintendent John Cowart, in this […]

Biloxi’s latest restaurant Mugs for the camera

Mugshots Grill and Bar, a $4 million investment employing about 50 people, opened for business this morning on Main Street in downtown Biloxi, a signal of what Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich says will be a banner year. Gilich and Councilmember George Lawrence were the first customers at the 7,000-square-foot restaurant, which adds a decidedly sports-oriented […]

Oyster Ball Drop to ring in New Year

A menagerie of Biloxi culture and history will come together to usher in the New Year on Sunday, Dec. 31 when the Maritime and Seafood Industry Museum hosts its annual Oyster Ball Drop. Guests at the Point Cadet museum will find live music by the Blackwater Brass Band, dancing, heavy hors d’oeuvres, cocktails, party favors, and […]

Downtown Mugshots will open on Friday

Downtown Biloxi welcomes a familiar name this week with the opening of Mugshots Grill and Bar, but those who frequented the former Edgewater Village location will find a decidedly more sports-themed atmosphere at the Main Street location. The 7,000-square-foot restaurant, which has been under construction since April 2017, is scheduled to open Friday at 10:45 […]

Hemphill previews initial work on South Contract

More than two dozen people turned out at the Biloxi Visitors Center Wednesday night to hear more about the city’s plan to bring infrastructure work to south of the CSX railway beginning in January. Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich told residents, most of whom wanted to avoid the wholesale disruption caused by infrastructure north of the […]

Police to patrol rivers, Bay after hunting issues

Much to the chagrin of duck hunters on the Biloxi and Tchoutacabouffa rivers, it’s illegal to discharge a firearm in the city limits. And it’s an annual ritual each year, at the outset of duck season: Residents along the rivers or Back Bay call the police department to cry foul over the fowl custom.  They […]

Biloxi lands former Cochran chief of staff

Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich will ask the Biloxi City Council on Tuesday to authorize hiring Key Impact Strategies, a government consulting firm with offices in Jackson & Columbus Mississippi and in Washington D.C. Its president, Keith Heard, is former chief of staff for U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran. This is Biloxi’s first engagement for representation of […]

Mayor seeks joint planning for prime Point Cadet site

There was a time, back in the day, when the easternmost tip of Point Cadet, the present-day area between the Golden Nugget and Biloxi Bay Bridge, was home to a host of seafood factories, piers with working shrimp boats and an area generally bustling with waterfront activity. It was the epicenter of a community once […]

Edgewater announces new cinema, extended leases

Edgewater Mall, which offers nearly a million square feet of retail in South Mississippi’s only climate-controlled shopping mecca, had two big announcements today: A eight-screen movie theater and green space will be constructed at the former Sears location, and leases have been extended with three of the mall’s largest tenants. The city has issued a […]

Police chief: Take steps to be safe this holiday season

Christmas shopping season and the rush of the holidays is here, and Biloxi Police Chief John Miller is asking that you don’t let safety take a back seat. Miller, in a new four-minute video published today on the city’s YouTube channel, has some of the common-sense advice that you probably already know – be aware […]

Visitors Center to unveil 2018 Alex North calendar

The Biloxi Visitors Center will host the unveiling of well-known Coast photographer Alex North’s fifth annual calendar, “Heaven’s Gateway V,” on Sunday with a reception and signing from 2 to 4 p.m. A native of the Gulf Coast and an avid outdoorsman, gardener and photographer, North frequently shares his photographs on Facebook and encourages viewers […]

Permits for Lighthouse pier repairs in the works

City contractors are continuing to work toward a January completion of improvements at the Lighthouse parking area, and the notion that the parking lot upgrades will be completed before storm repairs are made to the popular Lighthouse Pier is not lost on City Engineer Christy LeBatard. The Lighthouse pier has been closed for a month […]

MDOT awards contract for pedestrian overpass

Biloxi could see two pedestrian overpasses under construction on U.S. 90 next year, within several blocks of each.  The Mississippi Department of Transportation has awarded a contract for the pedestrian overpass on U.S. 90 just west of Caillavet Street, at MGM Park, and expects construction to be complete a little more than a year from […]

DEQ seeks more interest in needle-disposal program

Those in Biloxi who use syringes for injections to fight diabetes, allergies, arthritis or other ailments have embraced a state DEQ program that helps properly dispose of the used needles, but state says more can be done. About 100,000 syringes have been disposed of in Biloxi in the past seven years in a program where […]

Time running out for 2017 Sailfish season

One of Biloxi’s trademark attractions, the Biloxi Shrimp Tour, is wrapping up its 2017 season next week, so the days are winding down for morning fishing trips inside Deer Island or to taking an educational cruise along the Biloxi channel. The Sailfish, which operates daily from the Biloxi Small Craft Harbor, has its last cruise […]

Thanksgiving will push garbage, trash pickups back a day

The Thanksgiving holiday on Thursday of next week means residents who normally get Thursday pickup of their garbage, trash and recycling will see their weekly pickup on Friday. Residents who normally receive service on Friday will have their weekly service a day later, on Saturday. All other service scheduled for Monday through Wednesday of next week will […]

Shuckers to include four-legged fans in 2018

The Biloxi Shuckers front office, which launched 2018 season ticket sales last week, is working on a plan to welcome more canines to MGM Park in the upcoming season.  “A number of days last season we had ‘Bark in the Park,’ where fans could bring their dogs to the games,” Shuckers General Manager Chuck Arnold […]

Attention businesses: Bmail could be for you

The city’s award-winning Bmail news service may be expanding in 2018 with BmailMonthly, a monthly newsletter and calendar of events that the U.S. Postal Service would deliver to all Biloxi residents and businesses the last week of each month. The new service would be contingent on a Biloxi business that would see the benefits of […]

A new Howard Avenue could be in place this time next year

Howard Avenue between Reynoir and Lameuse streets, once the heart of downtown Biloxi but closed as a major thoroughfare by urban renewal in the ’70s, could be open to two-way traffic this time next year, Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich told a Biloxi Chamber of Commerce audience this morning. The mayor made the announcement while speaking […]

Panhandling, loitering ordinances on council agenda

Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich is asking the City Council to approve measures governing panhandling and loitering when councilmembers gather Tuesday at 6 p.m. for their first-of-the-month meeting. Two other policy issues also are on the agenda, but will not be voted on Tuesday night: a measure to reduce the number of paid holidays for city […]

Halloween dance is tonight at Snyder Center

Ghost and goblins will fill the Donal M. Snyder Sr. Community Center this evening when the Biloxi Parks & Recreation Department hosts its annual Special Needs Halloween Costume Ball. From 6 to 9 p.m., all ages with physical and mental disabilities will celebrate Halloween in their favorite costumes a the Pass Road community center. The […]

City OKs ‘southwest contract’ for infrastructure work

The city’s massive infrastructure project is getting ready to move south of the CSX Railway, and Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich is once again promising that residents and businesses will not see the same widespread disruption as in the areas north of the railroad. The Biloxi City Council on Tuesday awarded a $22.9 million, 800-day contract […]

New resource focuses on history of east Biloxi sites

There’s a new resource to help appreciate the rich history of Biloxi’s predominantly African American community: “East Biloxi African American and Civil Rights Historic Resources Survey.” The 29-page compilation, produced by the city with funding from the National Parks Service through the Mississippi Department of Archives and History, draws from a wealth of historical resources […]

Mason’s medical office named to National Register

The medical office of longtime civil rights icon Dr. Gilbert R. Mason Sr. has been added to the National Register of Historic Places. The designation calls attention to the professional life of a man who has been more widely recognized for his efforts in promoting civil rights, with the hallmark achievement being the 1960s wade-ins […]

City enters second waterfront property dispute

The City of Biloxi has filed a motion to join in another waterfront dispute where Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann is, “contrary to law and facts,” attempting to claim waterfront land as state-owned. The latest case involves the private property-owners court battle with the Secretary of State in a case originally styled “Lady Luck Biloxi, Joe […]

Dormant Walmart site could see new tenants

An agreement in the works between the city and the Southern Mississippi Planning and Development District could see as many as five new businesses locate in the former Walmart location on Pass Road in west Biloxi. Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich is asking the City Council on Tuesday to allow the development district to continue working […]

Ordinances would focus on special events, loitering, panhandling

The Gilich administration is proposing three measures to help deal with two hot-button issues: events that disproportionately tax city resources and the problem of aggressive panhandling and loitering outside high-profile areas of the city. The proposed special events ordinance and amendments to the ordinances on loitering and panhandling are on the City Council agenda for […]

Court affirms city’s action in Fayard Street case

The Mississippi Court of Appeals has unanimously affirmed that Biloxi was in its right to realign Fayard Street and vacation a portion of the northern end of the street at Bayview Avenue. The decision, which had been appealed by a nearby pawn shop, will allow the city to move forward with the realignment of Fayard […]

In east Biloxi, fresh asphalt leads to speeding

It happens on every street and drainage project that the city has ever done, now it’s happening in east Biloxi: With more and more streets being paved, more and more motorists are speeding through construction zones. For the record, the speed limit in the 55 miles of construction zone in east Biloxi is 15 mph. […]

Pelican crews move 220 tons of debris over weekend

Pelican Waste, the new trash contractor for Biloxi and other parts of Harrison County, hauled away more than 200 tons of trash and debris from Biloxi neighborhoods over the weekend, and Pelican workers are continuing to work neighborhoods in west Biloxi, even though trash day is not until the end of the week. The 220.4 […]

October bills reflect new garbage, water rates

The city’s new water, sewer and garbage rates went into effect Oct. 1, which means the bills, by ordinance, carry the new rates, regardless of the service date. The garbage fee increased to $14.33, from $12.50 a month. The fee is known as a “pass through,” meaning the amount has no city administrative fee attached […]

Gilich seeks OK for library, Post Office plans

The city’s Finance Division, which has been housed since Hurricane Katrina in the Old Biloxi Public Library across from the Half Shell Restaurant on Lameuse Street, will be moving to the third floor of the U.S. Post Office on Main Street under a plan Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich is asking the City Council to approve […]

Gilich seeks OK for library plans

The city’s Finance Division, which has been housed since Hurricane Katrina in the Old Biloxi Public  Library across from the Half Shell Restaurant on Lameuse Street, will be moving to the third floor of the U.S. Post Office on Main Street under a plan Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich is asking the City Council to approve […]

Gilich: Seawall idea gets warm reception from Corps

Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich said he was encouraged about ideas to keep sand on the sand beach and off U.S. 90 after a meeting Friday afternoon with representatives of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Gilich is pitching an idea that would have a pre-fabricated concrete L-shaped structure placed in continuous 10-foot sections along the […]

Post-storm issues on council agenda

 The Biloxi City Council will consider two Hurricane Nate-related issues on Tuesday. Under a plan proposed by Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich, permit fees would be waived for those seeking to make repairs to owner-occupied dwellings, as was done after Hurricane Katrina. A proposal by Councilmember Robert L. Deming III would take it a step further: […]

Make it a weekend to move storm debris to curb

Biloxi Public Works crews have picked up 250.4 cubic yards of debris from neighborhoods this week, and Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich is hoping residents and property owners will use this weekend to haul any remaining debris to the curbside. In fact, Pelican Waste, the new trash contactor for the Harrison County Utility Authority, plans to […]

City seeks to bring holidays in line with state statute

The Gilich administration is proposing the city reduce its number of municipal holidays to 10 a year from the current lineup of 12, bringing the city in line with state statute. The measure is one of more than two dozen issues on the council agenda for Tuesday at 1:30 p.m. The proposed amendment to the […]

Gilich advances downtown, beach ideas

Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich, who has made no secret of wanting to restore downtown Biloxi and to find a solution to sand blowing onto the beach, broke new ground on both topics this morning. Gilich, speaking to a Biloxi Chamber Breakfast with the Mayor audience at the Golden Nugget Hotel & Casino, said construction to […]

Harbor, commercial dock up and running

The Biloxi Small Craft Harbor and adjoining commercial harbor are now operating at full capacity, according to Port Division Manager Larry Sablich, but storm debris still litters harbor and marina roadways and walkways in the two publicly-owned facilities. However, the issues at Point Cadet Marina and the Sherman L. Canaan Back Bay commercial dock are […]

Bring your storm debris to the curb now

The city is asking property owners to move their Hurricane Nate debris to the curbside now to help speed up clean-up efforts citywide. Crews from Pelican Waste, the new trash contractor, and the city’s Public Works Department began efforts this morning to haul away debris from streets and neighborhoods. “Our goal is to move this […]

Have storm damage or flooding? We need to know

City inspectors are continuing to perform damage assessments today, and the Community Development Department needs to know ASAP about any structural or flooding damage your property sustained in Hurricane Nate.  Property owners who have damage should call the city’s Community Development Department to arrange for an inspection. Call (228) 435-6280 or email building@biloxi.ms.us Inspectors have conducted […]

Remember: Check licenses, pay no contractors in advance

The City of Biloxi is reminding residents of oft-repeated advice in dealing with construction issues: Beware of transient contractors and other individuals who typically set up temporary shop in the aftermath of storms. Before you sign any contract or allow anyone to perform any repair work on your property, you should ask to see the […]

Biloxi waterfront bears brunt of Nate

“We dodged the bullet,” Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich said today, the morning after Hurricane Nate, billed as a possible Category 2 storm armed with an 11-foot storm surge, blew through town. However, the city’s harbors and marinas, and the electronics that control several sewage-pumping stations along the front beach sustained what Chief Administrative Officer Mike […]

Curfew, evacuation going into effect

A countywide curfew, which includes Biloxi and all cities in Harrison County, will go into effect this evening at 7 and continue through Sunday morning at 9. Additionally, a mandatory evacuation of low-lying and flood-prone areas goes into effect at 2 this afternoon. Do you need a ride to a shelter? Call Coast Transit at […]

How to report power outages, downed lines

Mississippi Power and Coast Electric, the two utilities that serve Biloxi residents, have crews on standby to deal with post-storm electricity outages, and the firms have numbers set up to report power outages.  Mississippi Power customers should call 1-800-487-3275 and Coast Electric customers should call 1-877-769-2372. See the Mississippi Power outage map      […]

Biloxi, Gulf Coast should expect Cat 2

Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich is asking Biloxi residents to limit travel to only necessary travel as emergency managers are now reporting that Hurricane Nate could make landfall on the Mississippi Gulf Coast as a Category 2 storm. “This storm should not be taken lightly,” Gilich said. “Accordingly, I’m asking all residents to get the things […]

U.S. 90 intersections converting to flashing mode

MDOT has begun the process of converting U.S. 90 traffic signals to the flashing mode, with U.S. 90 motorists having right of way but advised to proceed with caution. When intersections are in the flashing mode, those with a flashing yellow signal have right of way. Those with a flashing red signal must come to […]

Shelters to open Saturday afternoon

Five shelters are scheduled to open Saturday afternoon at 2 for those individuals who feel vulnerable because of the threat of Tropical Storm Nate. The shelters, as announced this evening by the Harrison County Emergency Agency: — D’Iberville High School, 15625 Lamey Bridge Road, D’Iberville. — Saucier Lizana Road 361 Shelter, 23771 Saucier Lizana Road, […]

Front beach marinas, harbors mostly vacant

“I just can’t say enough about these boat owners, they’ve been very cooperative,” Port Division Manager Larry Sablich said this afternoon. “About 90 percent have evacuated from the city’s front beach harbors and marinas, and we have about a dozen and a half that will be evacuating from the Sherman Canaan commercial dock on Back […]

Debris contractor on standby, if needed

Crowder Gulf, the city’s post-storm debris contractor, is now on standby, and, if needed, ready to move into the city to handle any debris in the wake of Tropical Storm Nate. City Engineer Christy LeBatard spoke this afternoon with the Mobile-based firm, which was one of three contractors that helped haul away more than three […]

Cruisin’ the Coast condenses weekend schedule

Cruisin’ the Coast officials have decided to condense the remaining events in this year’s cruise as a result of weather issues associated with the incoming tropical system. Executive Director Woody Bailey said that today’s events will continue as planned, but the weekend activities will be abbreviated. “We encourage Cruisers to enjoy today as planned,” Bailey […]

Boat owners face Saturday morning deadline

The city this morning began notifying owners of marine craft in the city’s public harbors and marinas to move their vessels no later than Saturday morning as the latest reports suggest that Biloxi and the surrounding area could begin to experience tropical storm conditions  as early as Saturday afternoon. In fact, the city is now […]

Meanwhile, the new pickup service moves forward

It’s Day 1 of the new garbage, trash and recycling service for most residents of Biloxi, and the Harrison County Utility Authority said those who saw pickups Thursday, primarily in areas north of Interstate 10, had few issues. “We actually began picking up some northern areas of Biloxi on Thursday, several thousand pickups in fact, […]

Port Division recommends evacuation of boats

Owners of marine craft in the city’s public harbors and marinas this afternoon were asked to make arrangements to relocate their vessels to safer locations. “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 protect both the vessel and […]

Waste Pro vows to accelerate efforts to remove carts, bins

Waste Pro, the trash and recycling firm that formerly served Biloxi, reports that it is escalating its efforts to remove trash cans and recycling bins from curbs throughout the city as the threat of Tropical Storm Nate looms. “We are monitoring Nate closely and have been making plans with Gulfport and our other municipal clients […]

TD 16 may enter Gulf as storm by Saturday

Yes, it’s true, Tropical Depression 16 has formed in the southwest Caribbean. It’s expected to become Tropical Storm Nate later today and maybe even enter the southern Gulf of Mexico as Hurricane Nate by Saturday. But forecasters say there’s no major cause for concern at the moment. “It’s too early to discuss specifics right now […]

City Council to receive final downtown plan

The Biloxi City Council this evening will receive the final draft of Biloxi’s Downtown Restoration Plan, an 85-page document that lays out a year-by-year timetable for progress, with identified funding sources for much of the work and a host of incentives for small businesses. Much of the public focus to this point has been the […]

The Cruisin’ credo: Take your time, enjoy the sights

OK, it’s here again. More than 7,200 registered Cruisin’ the Coast vehicles, along with an untold number of unregistered vehicles, will be motoring along our beachfront highway and on adjoining thoroughfares, while hundreds line the beachfront to view the passing parade. Recreational vehicles began showing up on vacant lots in West Biloxi last week, setting […]

HCUA, Team Waste playing catch up on pickups

Today is Day 1 of the new garbage, trash and recycling contracts for residents of Biloxi, but the Harrison County Utility Authority reports that much of the work in the next several days will be focused on catching up of missed pickups. Team Waste, whose contract began Oct. 1, will be “allocating additional resources to […]

New pickup service goes into effect next week

The new garbage, trash and recycling contract goes into effect next week in Biloxi and surrounding areas, but some Biloxi residents have already seen the new trash contractor, Pelican Waste, making rounds. The Harrison County Utility Authority, which contracts for the trio of services for most residents, except for those in Gulfport, had Pelican picking […]

Biloxi, D’Iberville team up for downtown litter blitz

After weeks of sprucing up for Cruisin the Coast, city leaders from Biloxi and D’Iberville are teaming up for a final aesthetic sweep Monday morning with a Downtown Litter Blitz. “D’Iberville Mayor Rusty Quave and City Manager Clay Jones kindly invited us to join them in a final sweep of our downtown areas before the […]

Police take part in rail crossings safety program

Biloxi police officers spent three hours at two neighborhood rail crossings Wednesday as part of Operation Clear Track, a national effort to help raise awareness of the dangers of crossings. Two officers handed out 135 informational cards to passing motorists at the Iroquois and Nixon crossings, which are referred to as “unguarded crossings,” meaning they […]

Biloxi First to take aim at Reed Guice

Marketing guru and political consultant Reed Guice of Biloxi will be the roastee for the 15th annual Biloxi First Roast, which will take place Thursday, Nov. 2 at 6 p.m. at the IP Casino Resort & Spa. The event is the major annual fundraiser for Biloxi First, a non-profit organization that has provided more than […]

Dredging program now well underway

Dredging is underway at Point Cadet Marina this week, part of a $711,000, year-long project that includes deepening of the Sherman L. Canaan Back Bay Fishing Dock, and canals at Hiller Park and three areas north of the bay, off Mercedes, North Haven and Holly Hills drives. The work, which began in August and is […]

Oscar Renda touts progress on Division

Division Street is now paved from Oak Street to the halfway point at Nichols Drive, with curbing and sidewalks also in place for much of the way, and Oscar Renda Contracting reports that the area of Division at 1-110 will be paved within three weeks.   The news, along with announcement of the final sewer […]

From the Rockport front lines: ‘This town is devastated’

Surveying the Hurricane Harvey damage firsthand in the small Texas coast town of Rockport, it appears it’s more wind damage than water damage, but one thing’s for sure, says Biloxi Fire Chief Joe Boney: The town of 10,000 is devastated. It’s a slow process in digging out from the piles of debris since the Category […]

Gilich wants to turn tide on U.S. 90 sand

Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich announced today that a pilot project is in the works to keep sand off U.S. 90. The mayor told a Biloxi Lions Club luncheon audience today that the project – installing a prefabricated, concrete boardwalk by sections from the Biloxi Small Craft Harbor to Kuhn Street – is something that could […]

Have a heart! Climb the Lighthouse Saturday

On any given day, five to 10 people take the Biloxi Lighthouse tour, climbing the 57 steps to the top of city’s signature landmark, but on Saturday between 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., the city employee Heart Walk team is hoping dozens will make the climb. The typical city fee – $5 for adults or […]

Coast chefs to gather at Civic Center event

Feeding the Gulf Coast will host the first-ever Mississippi Chef Challenge – A Challenge to End Hunger – on Thursday, Sept. 21 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Biloxi Civic Center. The event is Feeding the Gulf Coast’s fundraiser, bringing together some of the area’s most celebrated chefs for an evening of food and […]

City water bills still playing catch up

Those Biloxi water customers who would have received their monthly bill on Aug. 30, with a due date of Sept. 15, will be receiving those bills late, with a due date of Sept. 25. Bank draft customers will be drafted on the 25th, not the 15th. The late bills, which are going to a third […]

New city budget coming into focus

Biloxi has a busy year coming up, but it’s not without some belt tightening. The city launches the new fiscal year on Oct. 1, and after weeks of budget negotiations between the Gilich administration and City Council, a few thing are apparent: There will be no increase in the city property tax rate, but fees […]

Biloxi relief teams leave for Texas on Thursday

Relief teams will be leaving Biloxi Thursday and Friday to begin a week of work in Rockport, a small Texas coast town that was decimated by 130 mph winds of Hurricane Harvey on Aug. 25. A team of six volunteers will begin the 10-hour drive Thursday morning, and a team of eight will be leaving […]

Trio of city events on tap this weekend

Fire trucks will be rolling through downtown and police will be gathering down at Point Cadet Plaza on Saturday, and then on Sunday the Saenger Theatre hosts a birthday party for Hank Williams Sr. A trio of city events is planned for this weekend: the annual Fireman’s Day Parade, the annual Biloxi Community Festival Against […]

Irma jogs westward slightly, still no threat locally

Hurricane Irma, still a Category 4 storm with near-150 mph sustained winds, has shifted slightly westward, and although the track and intensity may change slightly over the next few days, forecasters say the storm poses no threat to the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Forecasters made the announcement during this morning’s local briefing, released by the National […]

‘Until landfall, Irma remains a threat to us’

Biloxi Public Works Director Billy Ray Allen set steps in motion today to have some of the upper-level, difficult-to-reach windows boarded up at a couple of city buildings as city staff continued to monitor weather reports. “I know it appears that Irma is turning toward Florida,” Biloxi Chief Administrative Officer Mike Leonard said, “but until […]

Saenger to host Hank Williams Sr. production

  The Saenger Theater will mark the 94th anniversary of the birth of Hank Williams Sr. with the showing of a motion picture about his final days and a documentary that celebrates the legendary country singer’s love affair with 1950s Biloxi. In fact, when “The Last Ride” plays on Sunday, Sept. 17 at 1:30 p.m. […]

Irma: It’s not too soon to begin preparing

Weather forecasters are days away from being able to gauge how much of a threat Hurricane Irma will be to the continental U.S., but it’s not too early for Biloxi residents to make some preparations, says Biloxi Chief Administrative Officer Mike Leonard.   “The first advice is to stay tuned to the weather reports from […]

Garbage, trash meeting is tonight at Gruich center

The Harrison County Utility Authority, the agency that oversees residential garbage, trash and recycling efforts in Biloxi and other cities, will discuss the new pickup services and answer questions during a community meeting this evening from 6 to 7 at the Dr. Frank G. Gruich Sr. Community Center on Howard Avenue. The meeting, which is […]

Shuckers end 2017 season at 71-66

The Biloxi Shuckers, who wrapped up their season Monday, with a three-hit shutout over the Mobile BayBears, ended the 2017 campaign with a 71-66 record, the third time the team has finished better than .500 since moving to Biloxi in 2015. As the season comes to a close, centerfielder Johnny Davis led the team with […]

The stars come out tonight, this weekend

It’s the first Friday of the month, which means the area of Rue Magnolia and Water Street in downtown Biloxi will be buzzing with live entertainment, an art gallery reception and local vendors. It’s all part of Main Street’s First Friday, which takes place from 5 to 8 p.m. Many of the downtown restaurants will […]

Shuckers eliminated from post-season play

It’s official. The Biloxi Shuckers, who wrapped up their MGM Park schedule earlier this week, won’t make the playoffs. The team is in the midst of a five-game series in Mobile and despite besting the BayBears in the opener Thursday night, eliminating Mobile from playoff contention, also found themselves eliminated from post-season play after Jacksonville […]

Tornado watch in effect until 6 this evening

A tornado watch is in effect until 6 o’clock this evening for Biloxi and the surrounding area as intermittent thundershowers and gusty winds of around 20 mph will continue throughout the day. Blame it all on Tropical Storm Harvey, the slow-moving disturbance that has caused historic flooding in Texas and is now making its way […]

All lanes open at Pass and Eisenhower

Motorists traveling Pass Road near Eisenhower Drive are able to use all lanes of traffic now that the city’s Public Works Department has patched a pothole that for weeks had closed the righthand westbound lane and bottlenecked traffic each afternoon. “We certainly would have liked to have patched it sooner,” said Public Works Director Billy […]

City 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 Harvey. “This evening we’re expecting more severe thunderstorms,” said Biloxi Emergency Manager Michelle Crowley. “Residents in […]

Biloxi team gearing up for Harvey relief effort

The Biloxi Fire Museum, working with its partners from the New Sharon (Iowa) Volunteer Fire Department, is putting together a relief trip the Harvey disaster zone, and the effort is looking for online contributions. Four and five-member teams from Biloxi and New Sharon will be focusing their efforts on the damaged homes of first responders […]

It’s a sports kind of weekend

The Shuckers are at the midway point of the final 10-game homestand, wrapping up a series with the Mobile BayBears this evening and on Saturday night opening a five-game series hosting the division-leading Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp. The first 1,500 fans at tonight’s game will receive a Shuckers Beach Towel. Gates open at 5:30 p.m Meantime, […]

City prepares for Harvey’s expected rainfall

The National Weather Service says Tropical Depression Harvey is expected to become a tropical storm and move towards the Texas coast on Friday, and Biloxi Emergency Manager Michelle Crowley says the city is advising residents to sit up and take note. Crowley this afternoon is passing along information that heavy rainfall – as much as […]

Excel by 5 to host ribbon-cutting on Thursday

Biloxi Excel By 5 Family Resource Center and Families First For Mississippi will have a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Thursday at 10 a.m. in the Imagination Station at  Lopez School, which is at 140 St. John St. in Biloxi. Parents, children and guests will be able to tour the center and learn more about its free […]

Some city water bills arriving late

About a third of the city’s 14,000 customers will be receiving their monthly water bill a few days late, and as a result, the bill’s due date also has been pushed back. Instead of Sept. 5, the due date printed on the bill will be Sept. 8. Bank draft customers will still draft on Sept. […]

Mayor seeks Cuban baseball team visit, trade interest

“I don’t think our visit could have gone any better,” Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich said today after his four-day visit to Cuba last week. Gilich’s trip to Havana followed up on his goal to bring the Cuban National Baseball Team to Biloxi for a series of games at MGM Park. But the mayor also used […]

Gilich delivers Biloxi hospitality to Cuba

“There is no doubt that we have an opportunity to establish a mutually beneficial relationship with Cuba,” Biloxi Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich said upon his return Sunday from a four-day visit to Havana. “There are no guarantees, of course, but we have started a dialogue that could allow us to capitalize on the geographical advantage […]

Glavan: The rodeo finals could be our next Cruisin’

Among the marketing and tourism leaders at Biloxi City Hall Wednesday to hear about the potential of the Professional Cowboy Association rodeo finals in January was Kenny Glavan, the Biloxi councilmember who is also president of the Mississippi Hotel and Lodging Association. Glavan liked what we heard. The idea is to promote Biloxi and the […]

New garbage, trash service just around the corner

Team Waste, the company that takes over residential garbage collection in Biloxi beginning Oct. 1, is ramping up public awareness of the new pickup schedule and new service. New trash and recycling carts are making their way into neighborhoods, but residents should continue to use existing Waste Pro carts and recycling bins until Oct. 1. […]

Gilich: Biloxi needs to put flag issue behind us

The state Attorney General’s office has weighed in on the state flag brouhaha in Biloxi: A proposed ordinance to fly the state flag at all city facilities would be improper since it would bind future leaders. The opinion, which was received Monday by City Attorney Peter Abide and given to councilmembers today, said, “Resolutions, on […]

Gilich seeks Cuban interest in Biloxi, baseball

Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich will lead a small local delegation on an economic development and family support mission to Cuba this week. Gilich and Biloxi’s Civic Innovation & Development Officer F. Cliff Kirkland have spent more than a year pursuing the possibility of bringing the Cuban National Baseball Team to play a series of games in MGM […]

Shuckers entertain Smokies this evening

The Biloxi Shuckers will be aiming for their fifth straight win this evening when they face the Tennessee Smokies, just a day after the teams met in a rain-delayed game that ran until 11:57 p.m. before the Shuckers won 3-2 with a walk-off double. First pitch from MGM Park is at 6:35 p.m  The first […]

MGM Park: Looking back at the the big events

Here’s a look at the biggest crowds at the MGM Park, according to figures released by the Biloxi Shuckers: July 3, 2015: Shuckers vs Braves – 6,231 July 20, 2016: Shuckers vs. Blue Wahoos – 6,098 July 4, 2017: Shuckers vs. Blue Wahoos – 6,098 July 4, 2016: Shuckers vs. Suns – 5,821  May 13, […]

Waste Pro to use Saturday as catch-up day

Waste Pro will have a contingent of trash trucks in Biloxi neighborhoods on Saturday, working to pick up any trash that may have been missed today or over the past few weeks. Six rear-load trash trucks and as many as three trucks equipped with booms will be working neighborhoods, following up on today’s weekly trash […]

Downpour leads to street flooding, flash flood warning

This morning’s heavy downpour has caused street flooding in low-lying areas of Biloxi and the National Weather Service has issued a flash flood warning until 9:30 a.m. for the area and southwestern Jackson County. “We’re asking people to please turn around when you encountered a street with standing water,” said Biloxi Emergency Manager Michelle Crowley. […]

Have trash? Bring it out NOW

Waste Pro, the company that picks up garbage and trash countywide, has committed to have extra resources in Biloxi on Friday, so Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich is encouraging residents to bring out the trash. “We want to see people take advantage of this opportunity,” Gilich said this morning after the Harrison County Utility Authority meeting. […]

Court seeks to make traffic fine payment easier

Biloxi Municipal Court handled more than 10,000 traffic cases last year, and court administrators say many of those appearing in court can now take advantage of a convenient online payment. The city offers the service to those facing traffic fines, and the service can be used without having to appear in court for those pleading […]

Heavy school traffic expected Friday off Jam Lane

City thoroughfares around Biloxi’s public schools are expected to be crowded with parents, students and buses Friday morning, for the first day of school, especially off Popp’s Ferry Road, where the new Biloxi Junior High School will be opening a stone’s throw from Biloxi High School. Biloxi Police will have extra patrols along Popp’s Ferry […]

Downtown to test new GIS-based signage

Biloxi Main Street is installing more than 70 temporary wayfinding signs throughout downtown to answer to the often-asked questions from visitors: How can I find out what is going on around here?” “We are installing a unique GIS-based wayfinding signage system throughout our downtown district to not only point the way to dozens of  attractions, […]

Heads up: You’ll hear the tornado siren test at noon

Residents throughout Biloxi will hear a one-minute test of the city’s emergency warning system today at noon. The city’s 10 warning sirens are tested simultaneously the first Wednesday of every month, blasting a tornado alert for one minute. The sirens are to help alert residents to the impending dangers of a tornado or hurricane.  The […]

Gilich seeks to dress up Lighthouse pier area

Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich, who likes to promote Biloxi as “safe, friendly and beautiful,” on Tuesday evening will be asking the City Council to approve a $68,000 project to improve one of the city’s most high-profile venues, the area south of the Biloxi Lighthouse. Gilich will be asking the council during its meeting at 6 […]

City to begin crafting FY ’18 municipal budget

The Gilich administration and members of the City Council will launch a month of municipal budget meetings next week with a discussion of employee medical insurance. During the meeting, scheduled for Tuesday at 4:30 p.m., Chief Administrative Officer Mike Leonard will brief council members on the current plan, which is budgeted at $6.5 million of […]

Twentysomethings, Biloxi is uniquely for you

OK, so it’s doesn’t have the oomph of the U.S. News & World Report list that gave Biloxi a glowing review the other day, but a new compilation of unique places for twentysomethings includes Biloxi in such company as New Orleans, Nashville, Austin, San Jose, Ann Arbor and St. Augustine. In making its list of […]

Keesler, city join in Air Force Partnership Program

Keesler Air Force Base was the site Thursday for the second in a series of meetings designed to chart new partnerships between the 76-year-old base and surrounding communities across the Mississippi Coast. A large and diverse crowd of Keesler officers and community leaders filled the meeting room in the Bay Breeze Center to discuss ongoing […]

Keesler land-use study meetings are next week

The public will have a chance to comment on a public draft of the Joint Land Use Study with Keesler Air Force Base during two public sessions next week. The meetings, the third and final of the months-long process, will be Wednesday from 4 to 6 p.m. at the D’Iberville Town Green, at 1004 Central […]

At MML, City Desk goes ‘One Coast’

Social media is where it’s at in communicating with residents of a city, that’s the word from this week’s City Desk guests, Mario King, the newly minted mayor of Moss Point, and Chris Vignes, the Public Information Officer for Gulfport. The two city officials appeared on the City Desk podcast Wednesday at the Mississippi Coast […]

Gilich addresses MML delegates

Municipal government is “where the rubber meets the road,” Mayor Andrew ‘FoFo” Gilich told delegates this morning in opening remarks to the Mississippi Municipal League convention in Biloxi. Gilich and Gulfport Mayor Billy Hewes delivered brief welcome addresses to the opening session of the gathering, which has attracted more than 3,000 city leaders and staff […]

Torrential rainfall prompts flash flood watch

The National Weather Service, saying that slow-moving showers can quickly produce two to four inches of rain, has issued a flash flood watch for Biloxi and Harrison County until Tuesday night at 7. The weather service said rainfall of 5 to 7 inches are possible over a 24- to 36-hour period, including what has fallen […]

Oscar Renda plans paving of Nichols, Iroquois, Thelma

Sidewalks are being installed on the eastern end of Division Street and paving will soon be going down on Nichols Drive, and Iroquois and Thelma streets, according to the latest video update from Oscar Renda Contracting.  John Cowart, Oscar Renda’s general superintendent over the east Biloxi infrastructure work, said completion of the work at Nichols […]

New exhibit chronicles Biloxi beach wade-ins

A new exhibit at the Biloxi Public Library gives a detailed history of the wade-ins that led to the desegregation of the Biloxi and Gulf Coast beaches. The display, which measures 7 1/2 feet by 15 feet and is at the entrance of the library, showcases the chronology of the Biloxi wade-ins and the history […]

Huge MML convention in town next week

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

Rail group recommends daily passenger service

A federally created study group has recommended to Congress that passenger rail service be returned to the eastern Gulf Coast corridor with two daily roundtrip routes: New Orleans to Orlando and New Orleans to Mobile. The Gulf Coast Working Group was formed largely due to the efforts of Mississippi Sen. Roger Wicker. Its purpose was […]

Gilich touts sand beach ideas for chamber audience

Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich this morning told a Biloxi Chamber of Commerce audience that this week he had one of the most productive meetings since becoming mayor two years ago. Gilich was referring to a meeting Tuesday when he exchanged sand control philosophies with a group of university academicians in a meeting coordinated by legendary […]

Downtown plan: Return to the vibrancy of yesteryear

The draft of Biloxi’s Downtown Restoration Plan presented to the public today was clear: Re-opening Howard Avenue to two-way traffic, with on-street parking, needs to be Priority 1.  And Southern Mississippi Planning and Development District, which is finalizing the five-year action plan in the next couple of weeks, says restoring two-way traffic to Howard Avenue […]

See and speak on the downtown restoration plan

It’s been months in the making, and now the public will have its chance to comment on the city’s downtown restoration plan. A draft of the plan will be unveiled and a public hearing will be held during the City Council meeting on Tuesday at 1:30 p.m. at Biloxi City Hall. Among the other issues […]

Zoom, zoom! Development revved up in Biloxi

I’ve been here 14 years, Community Development Director Jerry Creel says in this week’s City Desk podcast, and I haven’t seen this level of development since the pre-Katrina days. What’s the buzz? Two hotels under construction at the moment, a third getting underway next week. A new RV park just opened in west beach, and […]

U.S. News: Biloxi is one of nation’s top family beach spots

U.S. News & World Report has a new report out on the USA’s best family beach vacation destinations, and Biloxi is ranked No. 5 in the country, right behind Maui and in front of such locales as Hilton Head, Martha’s Vineyard and Destin. “Glittering casinos line the Beach Boulevard, calling out to your inner gambler;” […]

Weekend preview: Raining fireworks, music and more

OK, as we head into what will be, for some, a fireworks-filled four-day Fourth of July weekend, let’s get the semi-bad news out of the way: The record-setting rainfall of June (22 inches as of this morning), which has wreaked havoc with outdoor events and roadwork in east Biloxi, looks as if it will carry […]

New term brings reappointment of key positions

The Biloxi City Council on Wednesday will conduct its first meeting of the new four-term, and nearly two dozen measures before the council will involve reappoint of individuals to key city positions. The City Hall meeting begins at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, a day after the Fourth of July holidays. The agenda of nearly three-dozen […]

Gilich goal: ‘Take care of the obvious,’ avoid stupid

Biloxi Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich sounded familiar themes during his inaugural address Tuesday night, but he also let the Saenger Theater audience know about some guiding advice he’s picked up since becoming mayor two years ago: “Take care of the obvious,” and “if it’s stupid, we’re not going to do it.” The mayor’s 17-minute address, […]

Inaugural address: Biloxi, proud of it

Here is Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich’s draft of his inaugural address, which he used from the podium during the ceremony on Wednesday, June 28, 2017 at the Saenger Theater. To see video of the actual presentation, click here. Good evening everyone… Thank you all for sharing in this special moment for our Biloxi… I’m honored… […]

Sign up now for beginner tennis at Hiller

To encourage residents to enjoy a healthier lifestyle by participating in recreational tennis, the City of Biloxi is partnering with the Mississippi Tennis Association to host an affordable Beginner Tennis Clinic at Hiller Park this summer. Adults and children who are 8 and older are invited to register for the 6 to  7 p.m. Thursday […]

City to again host fireworks-free zone

Those attending Biloxi’s annual Fourth of July fireworks will again be able to enjoy a fireworks-free zone from Oak Street to the Biloxi Small Craft Harbor. The mile-long stretch of beachfront – part of eight miles of beachfront in Biloxi  – will be exclusively for watching the city fireworks show, which begins at 9 p.m. […]

Sidewalk crews now working in east Biloxi

The incessant rain from Tropical Storm Cindy last week knocked east Biloxi road crews a week off their schedule, but the good news is that two separate crews this week are working on installing sidewalks on neighborhood streets where asphalt has been applied. Sidewalks are being installed where they existed pre-Katrina for the most part. […]

Margaritaville marks Year One Saturday

Margaritaville, Biloxi’s family-oriented resort that gave new meaning to “gaming,” marks its first anniversary this weekend, and, don’t look now, but the excitement over the first year has spawned three other non-casino hotels construction on the Biloxi beachfront. “It’s been overwhelming,” Margaritaville’s Cono Caranna says of year one at the Jimmy Buffett-themed resort. “We are […]

‘R U Ready?’ wraps up this afternoon

Against a backdrop of rain and wind, the city and its partner agencies will bring down the curtain today on ‘R U Ready?” with a final public session at the Joppa Shrine Center on Shriners Boulevard in the Woolmarket community. The free session, which offers a host of storm-prep information and giveaways, will be this […]

Howard Avenue at MLK: A roundabout or four-way stop?

To some drivers, they move traffic safely and efficiently, without the need for traffic signals or Stop signs. To others, they are the scourge of the motoring public today, increasing the chance for confusion and accidents. And now, a roundabout is one of the vehicles being considered for the area where Howard Avenue meets MLK […]

Attention focuses on storm-swollen rivers

“There’s no doubt we still have a dangerous situation with the rising rivers north of the Bay, but we’re thankful that things have not been as serious as they could have been,” Biloxi Chief Administrative Officer Mike Leonard said this afternoon of the intermittent showers associated with Tropical Storm Cindy. Biloxi remains under a tornado […]

Cindy now in the Gulf; city declares emergency

It’s official. Tropical Storm Cindy has formed in the Gulf of Mexico, about 430 km south of Morgan City, La., and driving heavy rainfall across much of the central Gulf of Mexico. In fact, the National Weather Service forecasts a 100 percent of rain for Biloxi this afternoon and tonight, and a 90 percent chance […]

Oscar Renda video: Another month of progress

Oscar Renda Contracting on Tuesday is unveiling its monthly video update for the Biloxi City Council, with updates on nearly two dozen streets and plans for sidewalks on those neighborhood streets that have been paved. Now that all of Back Bay Boulevard has received its final coat of asphalt, workers have resumed their schedule for […]

Council to get update on downtown efforts

Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich will update the City Council next week on the status of the city’s downtown restoration efforts. The downtown meeting will be Tuesday at 11 a.m. with the regular meeting of the Biloxi City Council scheduled for 1:30 Tuesday afternoon. Although the morning meeting is open to the public, the primary purpose […]

Biloxi eyes two new fire stations north of Bay

Two new fire stations are in the works for Biloxi north of the Bay and are expected to enhance fire protection, especially in the east Woolmarket area. The first station to begin construction will be Station 7, on city property on Popp’s Ferry Road, east of Cedar Lake Road. The station will be a new […]

Blind Tiger to restore Katrina-ravaged pier for public use

The Blind Tiger, an east Biloxi waterfront restaurant that opened on the west side of the Harrah’s Great Lawn months ago, is restoring a Katrina-ravaged pier at Oak Street, and, word is, it may be ready for boaters in a matter of weeks. “We opened in mid-February,” says the Blind Tiger’s Thomas Genin, “and, conservatively, […]

FY ’16 audit: Revenue $1.5 million more than expenses

The city’s recently released audit for Fiscal Year 2016 is a detailed, 152-page document, full of graphs, balance sheets, spreadsheets and text, but Chief Administrative Officer Mike Leonard says there are a couple of facts that are especially important. “To put it simply,” Leonard said, “city revenues for the period were $1.5 million higher than […]

Popular local bands to play for Saints event

Two of the Coast’s popular bands will collaborate to jack up the energy level at the 2017 New Orleans Saints Hall of Fame Experience at the Great Lawn south of Harrah’s Saturday from 4-6:30 p.m. Crazy Uncle and Blackwater Brass will perform for attendees at the second annual fundraising event produced by the City of […]

Have your Saints Kids Experience tickets yet?

Tickets are still available for Saturday morning’s Saints Kids Experience in MGM Park. The event is open to children 6-17 and will feature instruction and physical challenges directed by staff of the New Orleans Saints, who will be assisted by some current Saints players and Saints Hall of Famers. The event is from 8:30-11 a.m., […]

See millions of dollars floating at Point Cadet Marina

“This is overwhelming,” Port Division Manager Larry Sablich says of the array of million-dollar boats now tied up at Point Cadet Marina for this weekend’s Gulf Coast Billfish Classic, which actually begins Thursday at 11 a.m. “We must have between $100 and $200 million worth of boats down here right now, and it’s a sight […]

Mayor appreciative of state’s efforts on rent issue

“I want to say thank you to Gov. Phil Bryant and our local legislative delegation and to all of our legislators for correcting this wrong,” Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich said today after a bill to return $606,000 in rent money to the city passed in Jackson Monday. The city had argued that the money, rent […]

Gilich: Let’s make Biloxi a super nova

Andrew “FoFo” Gilich, elected Tuesday night to his first full term as mayor of Biloxi, says he plans to have the swearing-in ceremony for the city’s newly elected leaders in the Saenger Theater, “where the next round of the rebuilding of our city will begin.” Gilich captured 86 percent of the vote against Democratic challenger […]

Polling places open Tuesday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

It’s general election time. Polling places will be open Tuesday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. for voters to cast ballots in the citywide race for mayor, pitting incumbent Andrew “FoFo’ Gilich against challenger Sugar Stallings, the Democratic nominee.  Also contested Tuesday will be races in Ward 1, where incumbent Democrat George W. Lawrence faces […]

Jackson, Hebert, McAllister to headline Saints weekend

More than two dozen of the greatest Saints players ever, led by NFL Hall of Famer Rickey Jackson and the team’s radio duo of Bobby Hebert and Deuce McAllister, will be joined by several current New Orleans Saints on the Great Lawn Saturday afternoon when the City of Biloxi hosts its second annual Saints Experience […]

Timeline for new main gate at Keesler

Leaders on the local, state and federal levels joined Keesler Air Force Base leaders Thursday to announce an estimated $37 million project to locate a new main entry gate at Division Street and Forrest Avenue. The two-year project includes an expanded and enhanced boulevard along Division from I-110 to Forrest Avenue. Here’s the timeline: May […]

Golden Eagles vs Owls: The feathers fly at 1 p.m.

Southern Miss-Charlotte rematch is tonight at 7:30

The Southern Miss Golden Eagles, who topped Charlotte with a dramatic two-run ninth-inning homer this afternoon, will face Charlotte in a rematch this evening at 7:30, with the victor facing Rice Sunday afternoon in the Conference USA championship. Game time this evening at MGM Park is pushed back from its original 6:30 start to 7:30, […]

Conference USA gets rocking tonight, Saturday

The Conference USA baseball tournament shifts into high gear this evening and into the weekend, with Southern Miss facing Texas-San Antonio tonight in a do-or-die rematch for both teams and a huge tailgate party planned for throughout the day Saturday at MGM Park’s south entrance. A crowd of 3,000 to 4,000 is expected for this […]

It’s Southern Miss under the lights Friday night

The Golden Eagles are headed to primetime Friday night at MGM Park. Top-seeded Southern Miss, facing a do-or-die situation this afternoon, bested fifth-seeded Louisiana Tech and now heads to the next level in the Conference USA baseball tournament, facing either USTA or Charlotte Friday at 6:30 p.m. at MGM Park. “This will be a great […]

More than 3,300 see opening day

“Everything went great, except for the hometown team getting beat,” tournament organizer Tim Bennett says of Wednesday’s opening day of the Conference USA baseball championship at MGM Park. Although turnout was light for the two morning games Wednesday, Bennett said at the end of the day more than 3,300 fans had turned out to see […]

Water quality report on way to residents

Biloxi residents have known for years that they have some of the lowest water, sewer and garbage rates of any community in the state, and a new report confirms that the city’s drinking water meets or exceeds federal and state requirements. The city’s Annual Report on the Quality of Drinking Water, a scorecard mandated by […]

Council to seek AG’s opinion on flag issue

The Biloxi City Council, with a roomful of citizens on hand at City Hall to speak for or against the city flying the state flag, opted this afternoon to table a vote on the issue and seek an attorney general’s opinion. Councilmembers voted 6 to 1, with Councilmember Robert L. Deming III as the lone […]

Saints returning to Biloxi with Hall of Famers

The New Orleans Saints are on the way to Biloxi again for the Saints Hall of Fame weekend, but this year fans will have a chance to meet players from the current lineup as well.  The Saints Hall of Fame Weekend returns to Biloxi June 9-10 with a golf tournament, a Kids Experience at MGM […]

Council faces issues at two meetings Tuesday

Several continuing issues will be before the City Council on Tuesday, including hiring “train accident lawyers” for possible litigation over improvements needed to rail crossings in Biloxi and a proposed ordinance that would require the current state flag be flown at city facilities. The issues, along with nearly three dozen other measures, will be on […]

C-USA teams begin play Wednesday morning

If you’re looking for a hometown favorite in this week’s Conference USA baseball championship, look no further than the Southern Miss Golden Eagles.  USM has won its fourth outright regular season Conference USA title and the No. 15 Golden Eagles will be the No. 1 seed when the 2017 C-USA Championship begins Wednesday morning at […]

City match budgeted for MGM Park walkway

Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich on Tuesday will be asking the City Council to approve the $400,000 match for the overhead pedestrian bridge that will connect the north and south sides of U.S. 90 at MGM Park. The open-air, stand-alone walkway will be just west of Caillavet Street and will have elevators at each end. The […]

Hiller Park showing of ‘Moana’ canceled

The outdoor screening of the Disney movie “Moana” planned for this evening at Hiller Park has been canceled because of expected inclement weather. The National Weather Service is forecasting a 70 percent chance of rain for this afternoon and this evening. In fact, the weather service says a few storms could produce heavy rainfall and […]

7 of 8 teams now chosen for Conference USA

It’s official: Seven of the eight teams have been decided for the Conference USA Baseball Championship at USM Park next week. The teams are top-seeded Southern Miss, followed by Old Dominion, Louisiana Tech, Florida Atlantic, Charlotte, University of Texas at San Antonio and Rice. Florida International University and Marshall remain in contention for the final […]

Police chief addresses fallen officers ceremony

Here are remarks made by Biloxi Police Chief John Miller at the outset of the Biloxi Police Department’s Fallen Officers ceremony, held this morning outside the Lopez-Quave Public Safety Center. Good morning, thank you for being here today to honor Biloxi Police Officers who gave their lives while protecting our community and also to show […]

Tim Bennett and the inside story on Conference USA

OK, so you’ve heard about Conference USA baseball championship coming to MGM Park next week. It’s going to be five days of top-flight college baseball, led by the top-seeded Southern Miss Golden Eagles, along with daily national TV exposure and thousands of baseball fans from across the country. So what do you need to know […]

Seats for USM’s Conference USA opener now on sale

Individual tickets for the University of Southern Mississippi’s first game of the 2017 Conference USA Championship Tournament are now on sale. USM comes in as the top-ranked team in the conference, coming off an 11-3 victory at MGM Park Wednesday night against Southeastern Louisiana. The Golden Eagles will take on a to-be-named opponent on Wednesday, […]

Gilich: We need a real solution to the sandy U.S. 90

Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich says Biloxi has spent nearly half a million dollars on removing sand from U.S. 90 since he took office two years ago, and this morning he told a Biloxi Chamber audience that there’s got to be a better way. The mayor, during his 20-minute presentation, discussed progress on the city’s infrastructure […]

Conference USA lineup coming into focus

MGM Park will be viewed as a neutral site next week when the Conference USA Baseball Championship begins play, but one thing’s for sure: the Southern Miss Golden Eagles will be the No. 1 seed. In fact, as Conference USA rolls into its final week of the baseball season, half of the tournament field has […]

City seeks your memories of downtown Biloxi

“Everybody has their memories of what made downtown Biloxi special,” says Mayor Andrew ‘FoFo” Gilich, “and we’re looking for people to share those memories.” The input from residents is a key part of the first phase of a fourth-month process that is going to result in an action plan toward restoring downtown Biloxi. “We all […]

Oscar Renda: All of east Biloxi paved by end of August

With the east Biloxi infrastructure project about 13 months away from its contracted end, Oscar Renda announced today that all streets east of Lee Street should be paved by the end of August. Project Superintendent John Cowart, appearing in a monthly progress video published today on the city’s YouTube channel, also reported that Graham, Iroquois […]

Podcast: Spring break, homelessness and more

Councilman Paul Tisdale had about 20 of his constituents call him with concerns about spring break, so he thought he would arrange a meeting between those residents and Police Chief John Miller, Fire Chief Joe Boney and Community Development Director Jerry Creel. Those 20 residents and about 40 more turned out Wednesday night at the […]

18-wheeler becomes lodged at CSX crossing

The driver of an 18-wheeler this morning was cited for failure to obey traffic devices after his tractor-trailer became stuck on the tracks at the CSX rail crossing at Lameuse Street, where signs say buses, trucks or RVs are not allowed at the crossing. The site is a block west of the Main Street crossing where a […]

City amplifies argument for return of casino rent money

The City of Biloxi is intensifying its efforts to recoup more than $600,000 from the state and has filed documents in Harrison County Chancery Court that show the actions in transferring the funds were unconstitutional and ignored rules of the state House and Senate. Members of the Biloxi City Council were briefed on the issue […]

Council seeks new state flag, faces vote on flying current flag

The Biloxi City Council will not vote until May 23 on whether the city should fly the state flag at city facilities, but councilmembers did vote this evening to ask the state to replace the current state flag with a symbol that “can unite, rather than divide the citizens of Mississippi.” Councilmembers addressed the two […]

Flood insurance reminders going out this week

The City of Biloxi, as part of its continuing efforts to educate property owners about the dangers of storms and flooding, is reminding residents this week about the importance of having flood insurance, regardless of where they live. “More than 20 percent of the claims in the National Flood Insurance Program are from outside identified […]

Council to receive briefing on legal issues

The Biloxi City Council will conduct a rare executive session, closed to the public, at a point during its meeting on Tuesday afternoon. The meeting, which begins at 6 p.m. at City Hall and is open to the public, includes nearly 30 measures in all. City Attorney Peter Abide has placed a measure on the […]

Air Force jet could land on U.S. 90 in Biloxi

Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich, a fan of things “Old Biloxi,” is asking the U.S. Air Force museum and the state highway department to allow a return of something from Biloxi’s past: an Air Force plane in the center median of U.S. 90 near White Avenue. The plane, actually a decommissioned 1956 F-104 jet now on […]

City eyes homeless assessment center at former school

Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich is looking to build on the city’s award-winning partnership to end veterans homelessness with a program that could serve as a model to addressing the challenges of homelessness. Gilich on Tuesday will be asking the City Council to approve a no-cost lease with Biloxi Public Schools that could see the creation […]

City Desk: Get the inside story on Shuckers baseball

The Biloxi Shuckers, who last year were recognized by the Southern League with the first-ever Patriot Award, will be hosting the Naval Construction Battalion Center with “Navy Night” on Saturday. It’s the latest in an ongoing series of promotions designed to make Shuckers baseball a family outing, whether you’re a baseball fan or not. That’s […]

Gilich coasts in primary; five council seats now decided

Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich secured the Republican nomination for mayor in balloting today, and five of the seven Biloxi City Council seats were essentially settled this evening, with incumbent Robert L. Deming III of Ward 4 and newcomer Nathan Barrett of Ward 7 claiming victories. Only Wards 1 and 2, with incumbent Democrats George Lawrence […]

Development news turns appetizing

The walk-in Sonic opened for business on Pass Road last week and the developers of the new Mugshots in downtown Biloxi, who broke ground last week, are aiming to open the first weekend in October, coinciding with Cruisin’ the Coast. Building plans also were submitted to the Community Development Department for a new Waffle House, […]

Grambling faces UNO Tuesday at MGM

Grambling State University takes on the University of New Orleans in a college baseball game Tuesday at MGM Park in downtown Biloxi. Gates to the stadium open at 6 p.m and the first pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. Tickets are $10 and $11, and can be purchased at the MGM Park ticket office or […]

Republican-laden primary takes place Tuesday

The Republican and Democratic party primaries take place Tuesday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. in Biloxi, but the fact is, only the Republicans will have citywide ballots, with only one Democratic race taking place, in Ward 2. Those voting in the Republican primary will have choices for mayor and in council races in Wards […]

City seeks help in identifying 1950s sites, people

OK, your city needs your help. Who remembers the landmarks and people of 1950s Biloxi? The City of Biloxi has acquired a half-hour U.S. Army documentary, “Social Change in a Democracy,” which was filmed in Biloxi in 1951, and help is needed in identifying people and places in the documentary. Take a look at leave […]

Republican ballot will include executive committee

Those voting in the Republican primary in the Biloxi municipal elections on Tuesday are going to see more than the mayor and their respective council seat on the ballot. Voters in the Republican primary also are going to be asked to cast ballots for the eight members of the Biloxi Republican Municipal Executive Committee. The […]

Susan Hunt named Biloxi’s Outstanding Citizen

Susan Hunt dedicates her life every day to making Biloxi a better place, whether through being a career educator, or working with Biloxi Excel By 5 or helping spark an interest in the colorful traditions of Mardi Gras, and now the city and Biloxi Lions Club have taken note of her dedication. Hunt was recognized […]

Unwelcome visitor apprehended at Biloxi Lighthouse

Yes, we’re a visitor-oriented city, and everyone is welcome.  Well, not quite everyone. Biloxi Police Officer Bryan Wallace this afternoon muzzled a four-foot alligator on the Biloxi beachfront after a beachgoer carried the four-legged reptile to the shoreline. It’s a rare occurrence, said Wallace, a former Department of Marine Resources officer who’s actually hog-tied a […]

City seeks interest in old Biloxi library

Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich wants to turn an historic city-owned downtown building into an income-producing, job-creating showplace. The city on Friday will advertise for proposals for the purchase, lease or lease purchase of a property referred to as the “Old Biloxi Library Building and Grounds,” at 124 and 122 Lameuse St. The two-story building, which […]

Keesler joint land-use meeting is Thursday

Interested residents and business owners have a chance to hear progress on the Keesler Joint Land Use Study  and how to minimize the impact on Keesler’s current and future missions during a public workshop Thursday at 3:30 p.m. at the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Municipal Building in downtown Biloxi. The meeting, which is a […]

Paving in works for Ward 4 roadways

Paving is in the works for several thoroughfares in the Bay Vista subdivision of Ward 4, including Walda and Linwood streets, Old Bay Road and Ross Circle. The start date for Warren Paving to begin the work will be announced shortly. Other Ward 4 streets to be scheduled for paving are Holly Hills, Rustwood, Baywood […]

Gilich turns to Guice’s own words for eulogy

 When it came time to deliver a formal eulogy for “Danny” Guice, Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich turned to the words of the three-term Biloxi mayor himself. Gilich who said Guice was a regular visitor at his City Hall office since he became mayor two years ago, recounted his first recollections of the beloved community leader […]

Mayor speaks to issues of Spring Break 2017

Here is the text of Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich’s remarks about Spring Break and the city’s plans to facilitate special events of the future. The remarks were made to the Biloxi City Council at the outset of the City Council meeting on April 18, 2017. (To see video of the remarks, click here.) You have […]

Danny Guice: He was the epitome of benevolence

Here is the prepared text of Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich’s remarks at the funeral of former Mayor Daniel D. “Danny Guice,” delivered April 18, 2017 at the Dr. Frank G. Gruich Sr. Community Center.  Carolyn,  Danny Jr.,  Barry and all the members of the Guice Family, I am honored that you asked me to say […]

Shuckers see 21 percent increase in fans, national TV

By Chris Harris Biloxi Shuckers The Shuckers ended their opening homestand on Sunday, and attendance through the first five games enjoyed a 21 percent increase over the opening series in 2016. A total of 14,806 fans came through the gates to see the Shuckers take on the Blue Wahoos, an increase of 2,577 fans from […]

Funeral for Danny Guice is Tuesday afternoon

An honor guard of Biloxi police officers and firefighters will be standing at attention during the funeral Tuesday afternoon for former Mayor Daniel D. “Danny” Guice, and Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich said he expects a large outpouring from Biloxi citizens. Guice, a three-term Biloxi mayor who has the distinction of serving in three branches of […]

Gilich seeks OK for downtown ‘action plan’

The Biloxi City Council will meet at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday instead of 1:30 p.m., and when council members gather they’ll face an agenda that includes measures dealing with a host of long-discussed major issues. Councilmembers have pushed back the starting time of the meeting by an hour in order to attend the funeral of former […]

City Desk: Mayor on the issues

Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich, guesting on this week’s City Desk podcast, touches on a number of issues: spring break, Shuckers, infrastructure work, Popp’s Ferry Causeway Park and “the boat to Ship Island.” The nine-minute program was recorded this morning at City Hall. Listen to City Desk podcast   News and notes Good Friday: Non-emergency municipal […]

Gilich: Let’s build on Opening Day success

The Biloxi Shuckers fell short on the MGM Park scoreboard opening night against the Pensacola Wahoos, but Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich says the Biloxi minor league team fared much better at the box office. “I think everybody had a great time,” said Gilich, who threw out the first pitch for the game (an inside strike, […]

Shuckers GM Chuck Arnold on 2017 and MGM Park

  Five questions with Chuck Arnold, 36-year-old general manager of the Biloxi Shuckers, who’s beginning his second season in Biloxi, after two seasons with Pensacola and 10 seasons with a St. Louis Cardinals affiliate. Why are you excited about this season? “You’re always excited to open a new season. We’ve got a great new lineup […]

Caillavet Street re-opens to traffic

Caillavet Street, where motorists have had to detour for two weeks, was fully reopened to traffic shortly after lunch today, after contractors applied thick coats of asphalt to the intersection at Division Street. Just days ago the intersection of Caillavet and Division had been a 25-foot deep crevice where contactors installed an 18-inch sewer line […]

Shuckers open MGM play this evening

The Biloxi Shuckers open play at MGM Park this evening in a homestand with the Pensacola Blue Wahoos that will continue through Sunday. The Opening Day celebration against Pensacola, an affiliate of Cincinnati Reds, will see Biloxi Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich toss out the first pitch at 6:35 p.m.  Gates to MGM Park open at […]

City files action to recover rent money

The City of Biloxi today took steps in Harrison County Chancery Court to protect its right to $606,350.52 in rent paid into a state holding fund by the Golden Nugget Casino Resort. The state Legislature last year erroneously transferred the city’s money into the state general fund and failed to return the money during the […]

Spring Break generates traffic and trash headaches

A record crowd of 60,000 spring breakers clogged local roadways and litter in their wake in an event that began Friday afternoon and ran into the late hours of Sunday. “We’re accessing the situation right now, the good, the bad and the ugly,” Biloxi Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich said this morning. “The biggest things, of […]