Bridge expected to re-open in early May

The Popp’s Ferry bridge should be re-opening to motorists in early May, Mayor A.J. Holloway told a Biloxi Chamber audience this morning.

“Today, I am pleased to report that our partners at MDOT are making excellent progress,” Holloway told audience members during the breakfast at the IP Casino Resort Spa. “Our city engineer met with them on Friday in Jackson, and here’s the good news:

“All the materials that could be ordered have been ordered. Specifications are being done right now. The project will be advertised on an accelerated schedule – five days instead of the normal 30 days – and it will be awarded after those five days.

“The schedule will call for the bridge to be re-opened to traffic in early May.”

The mayor also discussed the city’s pending re-surfacing work on Pass Road, the Restore Biloxi project, and other issues.

To read the prepared text of his presentation, click here.

To see photos from the event, click here.

Biloxi schools forum to focus on athletics

Biloxi Public Schools is holding a community forum on athletics for parents, students, student-athletes, and anyone in the community who has an interest in Biloxi athletics.

The forum, titled “Helping Our School Community Create a Great Athletic Culture,” will be conducted this Thursday, April 2 at 6:30 p.m., at the Biloxi Junior High School Auditorium.

The forum will be conducted by consultant Rob Miller, a Michigan high school and college athlete who went on to become a successful coach and administrator on the high school and collegiate levels. A question-and-answer period also will be held.

“We are hoping to have a good turnout on Thursday,” said Biloxi schools Superintendent Dr. Paul A. Tisdale. “Rob works with high schools and colleges across the country and has a national perspective. We are working with him to help us be the best that we can be.”

For more about Rob Miller and his firm, Miller Sports Consulting Group, click here.

Elks honor public safety officers

Biloxi Elks Lodge 606 on Saturday honored several local public safety officers, including representatives of the Biloxi Fire and Police departments.

To see the list of winners and photos from the event, click here.