Biloxi to host ‘Night Out’ this evening; other news and notes

Biloxi residents will have a chance to get an up-close and personal look at what Mayor A.J. Holloway likes to call “the best-paid, best-trained and best-equipped” police and fire departments around tonight when the city hosts “National Night Out Against Crime.”

The event will be this evening from 6 to 8 on the grounds of Nativity BVM Elementary School, which is behind the Lopez-Quave Public Safety Center, a couple blocks north of the Biloxi Lighthouse.

Biloxi’s National Night Out will feature free food and soft drinks; a space walk, rock-climbing wall and other activities for children; and a chance for the public to meet the men and women of the police and fire departments, and see demonstrations of the high-tech equipment they use in public safety.

Members of the Mississippi Surge hockey team also are expected to be on hand.

The National Night Out is designed to foster a partnership and understanding between the public and public safety workers, particularly in the area of crime fighting.

To print a flier for Biloxi’s National Night Out Against Crime, click here.

News and notes

Special meeting: The Biloxi City Council has called a special meeting for Tuesday, Aug. 11, at 1 p.m. to discuss the FY 2010 municipal budget. The meeting will be at City Hall and open to the public.

September night meeting: The City Council — which regularly meets the first, third and fourth Tuesday of each month — has announced that its Sept. 1 meeting will be at 6 p.m. Other scheduled meeting dates for next month are Sept. 15 and 22 at 1:30 p.m.

Today’s agenda: To see the agenda for this afternoon’s City Council meeting, click here.