Shuckers usher in Biloxi series with Generals

The Biloxi Shuckers on Saturday evening launch a five-day series hosting the Jackson (TN) Generals, and it all climixes on Wednesday night with a Biloxi Night.

The Shuckers, who are in Jacksonville this evening, will face Jackson at MGM Park on Saturday at 6:35 p.m. Tylers Amazing Balancing Act will headline off-field entertainment Saturday night, and you’ll find “Salute Sunday” military day on Sunday at 2:35 p.m., “Barks and Brews” on Monday at 6:35 p.m., and T-shirt Tuesday at 6:35 p.m.

But Wednesday night, with group discounted tickets and Barq’s-in-a-Bottle giveaways, is all about Biloxi. Gates at MGM Park open at 6:35 p.m.

“Biloxi is proud of our Shuckers, who won the first half of the season to earn a playoff berth, and are in first place in the second half of the season,” said Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich. “We need a big crowd to help fill the stadium on the 31st and show how much we appreciate our Shuckers and thank them for representing Biloxi and the Mississippi Coast in such a positive fashion.”

Helping celebrate Biloxi Night is the local Coca-Cola distributor, who has donated cases of the widely popular Barq’s in a glass bottle for giveaways during the game. Barq’s was invented and first bottled in Biloxi by Edward Barq Sr. in 1871. It has grown into a nationally renowned brand.

Fans attending the game can enjoy a Biloxi staple: Shrimp PoBoy & a Barq’s.

Biloxi Night with the Shuckers also includes Biloxi Public Schools, the City of Biloxi’s Summer Camp program and Biloxi’s Challenge Baseball League.

Special packages for the game are: $13 Reserved Level ticket, which includes a hot dog, chips and drink; $15 Dugout Box Level ticket, which includes a hot dog, chips and drink. For those special prices, use promo code BILOXI1320 when buying tickets.

All military, either active, reserve or retired, can get a Reserved Level ticket for $8 and a Dugout Box Level ticket for $10. For those special prices, use promo code KEESLER when buying tickets.

“We always have a special deal on Sundays for our regular salute to the military,” said Shuckers General Manager Hunter Reed. “We’re happy to offer the same deal for Biloxi Night, and we expect to have a large contingent from Keesler to help cheer the Shuckers to a victory.”

Several Biloxi businesses are helping sponsor the event and promotional displays will be spread across the Concourse Level.

Tickets are available at the MGM Park Box Office, or by calling Ticketmaster at 1-800-745-3000.
See the Biloxi Shuckers website

Budget workshop planned for Monday

City leaders will conduct their third budget workshop Monday at 3 p.m. in a drive to craft a budget to fund city operations for the next year, come Oct. 1.

During the Monday session, which will be at City Hall and is open to the public, councilmembers and Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich are expected to review budgets for the areas of Administration, Executive, Ports & Harbors and non-departmental, which traditionally includes interagency and discretionary spending.

The city is aiming to have a municipal budget in place for mid-September. The city uses revenue from its three primary sources — gaming, sales and property taxes — to generate nearly $60 million to fund annual operations; however, the spending plan for FY 2020 also includes a host of new expenses, including a state-mandated $800,000 increase in the city’s contribution to the state employees retirement system, and the opening of two new fire stations.
Video: July 15 initial budget meeting (revenue projections)
Video: July 22 budget meeting (Police, Fire, Community Development)
Video: July 23 Council meeting (Panhandling, infrastructure, other issues)
Video: July 23 budget meeting (Parks & Rec, Engineering, Public Works, Legal, Legislative)
From upcoming BNews August issue: Highlights of the 2018 audit
See the 2018 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report 

BTV weekend: The ‘B’ is for budget

More than five hours of City Council meetings will be playing on BTV daily through the weekend on BTV at these times:

12:30 p.m. – Initial budget meeting, from July 15, where revenue projections were discussed. (66 minutes)

8:30 p.m. – Tuesday’s regular council meeting, with issues of panhandling, infrastructure. (54 minutes)

9:25 p.m. – Budget meetings to review Police, Fire and Community Development. (90 minutes)

11:02 p.m. – Budget meeting to review Parks & Recreation, Engineering, Public Works, Legal and Legislative. (80 minutes)

BTV: Biloxi Television is on Sparklight Channel 56 in Biloxi, or on AT&T UVerse go to channel 99 and follow prompts.

BTV programs, including an archive of City Council meetings and other videos, are available on the city’s YouTube channel. 
See the city’s YouTube channel

News and notes: Weekend preview, podcast, council, B-Alert

Weekend preview: The Biloxi Shuckers return to MGM Park for a five-game homestand with the Jackson Generals and a slew of promotions; the Rotary Club Edgewater hosts its 33rd Annual Children’s Health Fair at the Edgewater Mall; and the Mississippi Centers for Autism hosts a Sunder Inspirational with guest speaker Kim Fields. Over at the casinos, America will perform at the Beau Rivage and Skid Row will be at the Hard Rock.  To see the Biloxi Community Calendar, click here.  To see a complete weekend lineup, click here.

City Desk: This week’s edition of the City Desk podcast, recorded Thursday morning at Biloxi City Hall, focuses on the city’s budget and budget workshops.  To listen to the podcast, click here.

Council: The Biloxi City Council will hold a special called meeting on Monday at 3 p.m. at Biloxi City Hall. The topic: budget.  To see the agenda, click here. To see video of recent budget workshops, click here.  

B-Alert: Stay in the know about road closures, road re-openings, and other traffic advisories by signing up for B-Alert.  It’s a real-time, on-the-go messaging system that brings advisories directly to your cell phone.  Just text BILOXI to 888777.