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 tour, which is divided into east and west routes, begins at the Biloxi Visitors Center. Tour participants may follow the tour using the tour brochure or on any smart device by logging in to and selecting the tour tab. This project is made possible by a grant from the Mississippi Gulf Coast National Heritage Area.  For more information on the heritage area visit

At the same time, the Biloxi Visitors Center is premiering a new 11-minute film on the history of Biloxi.  The film, which will play in the visitors center theater every 15-minutes, highlights moments and events in Biloxi history beginning in the 1540s with the Spanish conquistadors and continuing through today. This official Mississippi Bicentennial project was made possible by a grant from the Mississippi Humanities Council, through support from the Mississippi Development Authority. Additional project funding was provided by the Biloxi Chamber of Commerce, a division of the Mississippi Coast Chamber of Commerce.

 ‚ÄúThis tour and film allows visitors and locals to learn more about our city and its history at their own pace and whenever the time is right for them,” said Biloxi Historical Administrator Bill Raymond, who also manages the Biloxi Visitors Center. “Visitors have asked for these for years and we are glad we now have another family friendly activity we can offer.”

The Biloxi Visitors Center, at 1050 Beach Blvd adjacent to the Biloxi Lighthouse, is operated by the City of Biloxi and open seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.  For more information about these or other programs visit or call (228) 374-3105 or 1-800-BILOXI-3.


News and notes: Oyster Drop, City Desk, garbage schedule

Oyster Ball Drop: The Maritime & Seafood Industry Museum will usher in the New Year with its New Year’s Eve Party and Oyster Ball Drop, headlining a weekend of holiday activities. To see the complete lineup of weekend events, click here.

City Desk hiatus: The weekly City Desk podcast is on hiatus this week. The program will return next week. To see the lineup of previous programs, click here.

About garbage, trash and recycling: Remember that pickup schedules are one day later than usual this week and next week because of the Christmas and New Year’s holidays. Also, a reminder from the Harrison County Utility Authority regarding Christmas leftovers and curb service: “If it is wrapping paper, boxes, or anything that is not food-related, trash contractor Pelican Waste will pick it up at the curb. Pelican cannot pick up any household food waste, and it must be placed in the Team Waste garbage cart.”

Holidays: Non-emergency municipal offices in Biloxi will be closed Monday in observance of the New Year’s Day holiday.