BLT offers Boys Next Door; music reigns elsewhere

Biloxi Little Theater raises the curtain on its production of “Boys Next Door” at its Lee Street playhouse this Super Bowl weekend, and you’ll find Vince Gill in concert at the Beau Rivage, Aaron Lewis at the Hard Rock, John Hodges at the IP, and Little Queen, the Heart Tribute band, on stage at Margaritaville.

And with the march to Mardi Gras well underway, the Second Liners Mardi Gras ball takes place this weekend at the Gruich Center on Howard Avenue in east Biloxi.

For details on these events and a host of others taking place this weekend, courtesy of listings from the Mississippi Gulf Coast Regional Convention and Visitors Bureau, click here.

Council to consider stadium issues Tuesday evening

The Biloxi City Council on Tuesday night is expected to decide five measures involving the proposed MGM Park at Beau Rivage, including a resolution to borrow $21 million to construct the proposed downtown stadium and entertainment venue.

The stadium issue, which has been intermittently discussed and negotiated for months, will headline the agenda for the council’s 6 p.m. meeting Tuesday.

To see the agenda and the stadium resolutions — including lease agreements between the city, site owner Beau Rivage Resort & Casino and the baseball team owners — click here.

See the latest on Seafood Museum, Biloxi Waterfront Park

Architects and project managers for two high-profile Point Cadet projects, the Maritime and Seafood Industry Museum and Biloxi Waterfront Park, presented status reports to the City Council this week.

To see the museum report, click here.

To see the waterfront park report, click here.

Police Chief discusses response to icy weather

Biloxi Police Chief John Miller discusses the challenges of this week’s ice storm and the lessons learned in this week’s City Desk webcast. You’ll also hear about the department’s crime mapping service, and a brief summary of this week’s marathon City Council meeting.

To listen to the program, recorded today, click here.

Cyber Crimes Task Force first of grants in nationwide program

The Mississippi Gulf Coast Cyber Crimes Task Force, which includes the Biloxi Police Department, is one of two areas in the country that will be receiving a state-of-the-art lab and advanced forensic technologies to improve their cyber investigations thanks to a new program by AccessData, the leader in incident resolution technology.

The Cyber Crimes Task Force, which includes several local law enforcement agencies, and the Glendale (Ariz.) Police Department are the first recipients in the AccessData Forensic Endowment Program. The program’s goal is to transform the standard approach to digital investigations so law enforcement organizations can close cases more efficiently and smarter.

For more information about Access Data Lab, click here.

News and notes

DRC agenda: The Development Review Committee, which didn’t meet this week because of inclement weather, has four cases next week: Three “sign offs” – Handy Lock, Malpass Landing Phase 2, Walmart Neighborhood Market and the Gulf Coast Restaurant Consulting – and two new cases: temporary parking lot for the Hard Rock and a mixed use proposal for the old federal courthouse in downtown Biloxi. To see the agenda, click here.

Working on the railroad: Rail workers plan to close eight rail crossings for upgrades on Monday: Gill, Querens, Benachi, Seal, Hopkins, Bohn, Reynoir and Magnolia. The closings could be for as long as two days. Detours will be marked.

On ice: Biloxi’s response to this week’s ice storm is the subject of Dave Elliott’s “Sunday Night Extra” during the WLOX 10 p.m. newscast Sunday evening.