Billfish tournament, summer fair now underway

Hundreds of fisherman and their armada of million-dollar boats are at Point Cadet Marina this weekend for the annual Mississippi Gulf Coast Billfish Tournament.

Rockin’ Dopsie entertains this evening at the weight scales on the waterfront adjacent to the Golden Nugget Casino, where, reports are, a 700-pound blue marlin is expected to be arriving this evening. Fishing in the tournament ends Saturday evening, and an awards ceremony is planned for Sunday morning. Last year, incidentally, the Billfish Classic paid more  than a million dollars in cash.

Also this weekend: The 28th Annual Coast Coliseum Summer Fair is underway; BLT raises the curtain on “The Oldest Profession”; and the casino resorts have B.B. King, Lynyrd Skynyrd, REO Speedwagon, Taylor Hicks, Better than Ezra and the U2 tribute group UZoo.
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Council expected to decide fireworks measure

The Biloxi City Council on Tuesday will consider approving a measure that would allow seasonal sales of fireworks in Regional Business zones of the city, and councilmembers will also hear a request for a tax-exemption from owners of the White House Hotel.
See the complete agenda and supporting documents


Development report: Commission OKs closings at Fayard, Anglada streets

By Jerry Creel, Community Development Director

This week in economic development, the Biloxi Planning Commission voted 8-6 to approve the application for the revised proposal of the IP Casino to vacate the northern end of Fayard and Anglada Streets at Bay View. The revised proposal removed the northern end of Reynoir Street from the application which will allow Reynoir to remain open all the way to Bay View. IP is proposing to construct a parking lot with landscaping, green spaces and 3 detention ponds. The existing trees on the property will remain. The Planning Commission’s decision serves as a recommendation to City Council who will have the final vote.

Also this week our department received the building plans for the new Lighthouse Park which will be built on the property at the northwest corner of Porter Avenue and Beach Blvd. The new Park will have a new parking lot area, a new pavilion, a  children’s play area and a walking trail.

Plans were also received this week for the new Gulf Coast Rescue Mission, renovations to the Coastal Family Health Center and new buildings for T & E Salvage. For the month of May 2014, our department issued 315 building permits for a total construction valuation of $5.6 million dollars. The monthly total for certificates of occupancy issued was 237.


News and notes

Hurricane hunters: In this week’s City Desk webcast, MSgt. Brian Lamar of the Hurricane Hunters discusses the group’s storm preparation and a monthly lecture series now underway at the Biloxi Visitors Center. To listen to the program, click here.

I-110 reminder:  MDOT will be closing I-110 again in a few weeks, June 15-19,  from 9:30 p.m. to 5 a.m., in order to begin the final phases of an upgrade of the bridge over the Back Bay of Biloxi. To see the Traffic Update column from the Public Works Department – with links to area traffic cameras – click here.

Like us on Facebook: With storm season now underway, you should Like the city’s Facebook page to see last-minute traffic advisories and other breaking information. To see the page, click here.

Development:  The Development Review Committee is back in action next week after a three-week hiatus. At its meeting Wednesday, the group will review plans for a bar and grill on Caillavet Street. To see the meeting agenda, click here.