Billfish, Summer Fair on tap this weekend

A couple of longstanding attractions fill this weekend’s entertainment lineup: the 20th annual Billfish Classic at Point Cadet Marina and the 30th Annual Summer Fair at the Coast Coliseum.

You’ll also find a new show at the Beau Rivage and a host of performances and other diversions on stages and venues throughout the city.
See the entire weekend lineup


Biloxi, IP to host Southeastern fire chiefs

Hundreds of fire chiefs from across the South will be in town next week for the three-day Southeastern Association of Fire Chiefs Conference.

The 88th annual conference will take place at the IP Casino Resort and Spa Tuesday, with nearly 200 fire chiefs and directors from across 10 Southern states attending.

“This conference is usually hosted by larger departments,” Biloxi Fire Chief Joe Boney said, “but we showed the association that we have a lot to offer.  They believed that we’re uniquely qualified to host this conference, and we are excited for this prestigious honor.”

The delegates will be representing departments from Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, Florida, South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia, Kentucky and Tennessee.
Read more about the conference


Point Cadet Plaza becoming the hot spot for visiting groups

Hundreds of people in town for conventions this week discovered something that locals already knew: Point Cadet Plaza is the place to be for an outdoor event.

With its large shade-filled pavilion, breezes wafting across the Biloxi Bay, a nearby splash pad and playground for children, and convenient restrooms, it has everything. And don’t forget it’s all set against a backdrop of the gleaming Biloxi Bay Bridge.

Just this week,  Harrison County Sheriff Troy Peterson welcomed representatives from sheriff’s departments across the state for a shrimp boil, and the Mississippi Rural Water Association held its own  shrimp boil for a hundred visitors attending that state convention. And more events are already on the books.
Read more about the popular venue


We’ve got photos – albums of ’em

A week’s worth of photos galleries from the city’s Facebook page:

Oak Street affairs:  A host of city and civic leaders turned out at The Biloxi Lugger restaurant and Le Bakery this week for two ribbon cuttings to mark the paving of Oak Street. Even former Mayor A.J. Holloway was there. To see photos, click here.

City Council meeting: Legendary educator and Excel by 5 leader Susan Hunt was among the visitors to the Biloxi City Council meeting this week. To see photos, click here.

FoFo and the Famous One: It was a reunion of sorts when Muhammad Ali met Andrew “FoFo” Gilich in Biloxi in 2003. To read more about the night the former champ met the future mayor, click here.

Boating: To see a parade of boats from Thursday’s launching of the Billfish classic, click here.


News and notes

Podcasting: If there was a pendulum above the Biloxi peninsula, it would be swinging toward Point Cadet and east Biloxi these days. Find out why and hear about a host of other events in this week’s City Desk podcast. To listen, click here.

Traffic watch: To see the latest status reports on streets and drainage work throughout the city, click here.