Coronavirus updates from City of Biloxi

Biloxi A to Z: Cruisin’, Clean Sweep, and more

Cruisin’ The Coast organizer Woody Bailey told us a month ago that we could see 9,000 or more registered cruisers for this year’s 25th-anniversary edition. And he was right on the money. Registrations passed 9,000 this week, and they’ve still registering. This week’s Biloxi A to Z video has more on Cruisin’ and the traffic […]

Biloxi A to Z: Cruisin’, Biloxi lighthouse, and more

Biloxi Police Chief John Miller appears in this week’s Biloxi A to Z report to talk about Cruisin’ The Coast traffic for the week-long event and Biloxi’s Block Party. Two big things to remember: be patient and no golf carts allowed. Also in this week’s report: Enhancements at the Biloxi Lighthouse, renovations at the Lighthouse […]

COVID-19 hits a new high

This week Mississippi saw its the highest number of new COVID-19 cases, 4,412 in a single day, the largest jump in the 16 months since the pandemic began. The main cause of the surge throughout the state, authorities say, is the Delta variant, said to be more contagious and deadlier than the previous COVID strain. […]

A vexing issue: COVID-19 surging again

Daily coronavirus cases are on the rise, the highest in six months, in fact, while vaccination rates in Mississsippi remain the lowest in the nation. As a result, the Mississippi State Department of Health is issuing new advisories for those most susceptible: Get vaccinated or wear a mask. The increase in the number of cases […]

Biloxi A to Z: The numbers and videos

Today’s report, a 6-minute compilation, has a recap of the inauguration, Scrapin the Coast and COVID-19 by the numbers, the weekend weather forecast, July 4th fireworks and the fireworks free zone, and a moment of Zen at the Biloxi VA.Facebook: See today’s reportYouTube: See today’s reportCOVID-19: By the numbersFireworks free zoneCommunity calendar News & Notes: […]

A to Z: Big weekend on tap, new pier in the works and more

Beachgoers and anglers can get their first look at new storm-resistant, handicapped-accessible pier in the works for West Biloxi in this week’s Biloxi A to Z report, plus a preview of the big events this weekend, the latest on COVID-19 vaccinations, and a moment of zen from Hiller Park. Facebook: See today’s reportYouTube: See today’s […]

Biloxi A to Z: Fireworks, sand, and a water leak

Fireworks, blowing sand and a leaky water main top this week’s Biloxi A to  Z report. This week the Biloxi City Council tabled for the second time a measure that would allow residents to shoot fireworks on the 4th of July and on New Year’s Eve. The shooting of fireworks is still illegal in Biloxi, but […]

A to Z: Get ready for a busy weekend

Today’s Biloxi A to Z report, a 12-minute compilation, has the traffic and weather forecasts, the latest on roadwork and synchronized seagulls in West Biloxi. Facebook: See today’s reportYouTube: See today’s reportCOVID 19: By the numbersCommunity calendar

Biloxi A to Z: State of the City recap and more

Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich, appearing in today’s Biloxi A to Z report, amplified his message from the State of the City presentation Thursday: Biloxi is on a roll. Also in today’s eight-minute report: the sand storm on U.S. 90, opening of Shriners Boulevard and Fort Bayou bridge, remembering Robert McKeithen, a COVID-19 update, the weekend […]

Shuckers: The early take on the season

The Biloxi Shuckers are at MGM Park through Sunday, including a doubleheader this evening, and Garrett Greene, director of media relations and the voice of the Biloxi Shuckers, has everything you need to know about the team in today’s “Biloxi A to Z” report: The players to watch, the allure of minor league baseball, how […]

Biloxi A to Z: Traffic is picking up

The city hosted two public events this week, both well-attended, and there’s a block party this evening on the District Green. Today’s Biloxi: A to Z report has a quick review of the week, a preview of the weekend and the latest on what you need to know: Traffic and public activities are picking up.Facebook: […]

Biloxi A to Z: Saenger, top-rated school, weekend preview

Workers began removing about half of the 900 seats in the Saenger this week as renovations at the 92-year-old downtown theater shifted from the exterior to the interior. Today’s Biloxi A to Z report gives you an up-close look at the theater work and includes news about Biloxi High’s national attention this week, plus a […]

Rain wreaks havoc with road work

The torrential downpour on Thursday produced more rainfall than Biloxi typically sees the entire month of April, and the numbers for the month are already triple the amount the city normally sees. And more is on the way. According to the weather authorities at Keesler Air Force Base, more than 11 inches of rain have […]

Biloxi A to Z: Road closure update, election reminders and more

April 6 is a big day in Biloxi. At 6 a.m., Shriners Boulevard is set to close for drainage work, and polls open at 7 a.m. for Republican primaries in Wards 1, 4, 5 and 6. Those reminders along with the latest on COVID-19 and vaccinations, and BTV are part of today’s Biloxi A to […]

Elections and much more in April BNews

The big story in the April issue of BNews Monthly is that voters in Wards 1, 4, 5 and 6 will cast ballots in a Republican primary on April 6 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. In fact, an election preview, with a list of candidates and polling places for the four wards voting, is […]

Traffic highlights the news today

Woolmarket Road, where a massive city drainage project had forced detours, re-opened to motorists today, and there’s a host of other traffic news in today’s Biloxi A to Z report. You’ll also hear about the afternoon drive these days on I-110, news of an upcoming detour on Shriners Boulevard, the latest on still-dwindling COVID-19 cases […]

Fort Bayou bridge closes Sunday night

The Fort Bayou bridge in Ocean Springs is closing for 45 days beginning Sunday night, meaning I-10’s Exit 50 will no longer provide easy access to Biloxi. The bridge closes Sunday night at 10 for $20 million in repairs and is scheduled to re-open in mid-May. About 35,000 cars a day use the bridge. Biloxi-bound […]

Music, food usher in a new park downtown

Downtown Biloxi’s newest park, The District Green, is hosting an outdoor, open-space block party today and this evening through 9:30 to usher in the newest gathering space off the restored Howard Avenue. The gathering at Howard and Ohr Street began at noon with live music and food vendors, and it’s also taking place as Biloxi […]

Continue to be COVID prudent, mayor says

Those entering municipal buildings in Biloxi will continue to be required to wear face masks to help stem the spread of the coronavirus, and the city is joining Gov. Tate Reeves is asking people to continue wearing face coverings when near others. Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich made the announcement today, a day after the governor […]

Biloxi A to Z: Council preview, COVID-19 and more

“Good fences make good neighbors,” poet Robert Frost said, and the Biloxi City Council is going to be discussing what a good fence should look like during the council meeting Tuesday evening at City Hall. The agenda – a lineup of more than a dozen items – will also include another look at the short-term […]

Biloxi A to Z: Waterfront efforts, March news, and more

As a page of the calendar is about to turn, a new BNews Monthly arrives and a new lineup appears on BTV. The details, along with waterfront efforts, spotlight today’s Biloxi A to Z report.  Also in the report: the latest on the COVID-19 and vaccinations, city council, CSX rail crossing at Oak Street, and […]

Oak Street crossing to close for maintenance

CSX has announced that the Oak Street rail crossing will be closed Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday so the rail company can perform maintenance at the crossing. Those traveling Oak Street, where infrastructure work is already underway south of the railway, instead should use Crawford Street or Division Street. The temporary closing of the rail crossing, […]

Biloxi A to Z: Shuckers, weekend preview and more

Hunter Reed, general manger of the Biloxi Shuckers, appears on today’s Biloxi A to Z report to discuss the Double-A baseball team’s upcoming season. Also in the report: the latest on COVID-19, vaccinations and a weekend preview.Facebook: See today’s reportYouTube: See today’s reportSee the overall tracking chartSee the daily comparison chartSee the Harrison County 14-day […]

Biloxi A to Z: Welcome to Fat Tuesday

How about some good news on Fat Tuesday? The COVID-19 numbers are showing a downward trajectory in new cases (a 50 percent drop over the past two weeks) and hospitalizations are trending downward. The parades also are rolling in today’s “Biloxi A to Z” report, and temperatures will be well above freezing, with sunshine on […]

Gilich: We dare to have a vision and a plan

“There’s no doubt we like to have fun when we can,” Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich said of Thursday night’s premiere of the 2021 State of the City, “but I hope people also took note of the tremendous program of work and promise that we have here in Biloxi.” During the 26-minute presentation, which is available […]

Biloxi A to Z: Elections, pandemic and more

The city’s 2021 elections have a milestone today, with the 5 p.m. deadline of would-be candidates to file their intent with Municipal Clerk Stacy Thacker. Party primaries — where voters must vote in either a Democratic or Republican primary — will be Tuesday, April 6, and winners of the respective primaries and any independent candidates […]

Two CSX crossings are closing soon; other news and notes

The city’s years-long plan to close rail crossings in East Biloxi will take a major step next week when crossings at Dorries and Nixon streets will permanently close as a new connector road parallel to the CSX railway nears completion. The city’s plan is to eventually close as many as six of the 21 crossings […]

Today’s report: infrastructure, COVID and Charlie Brown

Work on the North contract is complete, but infrastructure work is full speed ahead on Oak Street and areas east and west on Point Cadet. Hear the latest in Today’s “Biloxi A to Z” report. Also, in today’s report, a preview of the safe return of community theater with Biloxi Little Theater’s “You’re a Good […]

Fireworks, golf carts on council agenda Tuesday

The shooting or possessing of fireworks has been illegal in Biloxi for years, but a measure being considered Tuesday by the City Council could make it legal to possess and shoot fireworks for the public two days a year: the Fourth of July and New Year’s Eve. The measure is one of more than a […]

Zeta debris all but gone, virus rages onward

The city’s federally funded debris operations wrapped up this week, with any remnants to be picked up by either the city’s Public Works Department or trash contractor Pelican Waste. Wednesday was the Zeta debris contractor Crowder-Gulf’s last day hauling right-of-way debris in Biloxi. The effort, which began Nov. 5, saw 297,000 cubic yards of debris […]

Coliseum will be vaccination site for those with appointments

The Mississippi State Department of Health has moved the COVID-19 vaccination site from the Harrison County Health Department to the Mississippi Coast Coliseum and Convention Center in Biloxi. The announcement was made today by the Harrison County Board of Supervisors. Beginning Monday, those who have made an appointment through the MSDH will receive the first […]

Debris contractor winding down; COVID-19 cranking up again

Zeta debris efforts are expected to wrap up next week, federally speaking anyway. Find out what it means in today’s report. You’ll also hear that COVID-19 continues to spread locally at record levels, and, with MLK Day approaching, a recently departed Back Bay icon, Vernon Jackson, recalls the colorful times of ’60s Biloxi.Facebook: See today’s […]

Work to begin on Back Bay boardwalk, other news and notes

Construction is scheduled to begin soon on the latest boardwalk along Biloxi’s waterfront, on Back Bay from Forrest Avenue to Kensington. The new boardwalk project, which is scheduled to be completed in September, is among the topics in today’s Biloxi A to Z report. The latest coronavirus numbers and vaccination information also are included in […]

Debris operations to end; vaccinations to begin

The city’s Zeta debris operation, which has hauled away more than 270,000 cubic yards over 64 days, is scheduled to wrap up this month, debris monitor Jonathan Kiser reports in today’s Biloxi: A to Z report. The 10-minute video also has the latest on the COVID-19 pandemic and available information on vaccinations, city elections and […]

Today’s report: Calling all candidates, debris, and more

Would-be candidates face deadline in upcoming municipal election, the final sweep for storm debris, and the latest coronavirus cases headline Today’s “Biloxi A to Z” report. Also in the 10-minute video: An infrastructure update, Mayor Gilich’s announcement of the cancelation of this year’s Mardi Gras parades in Biloxi, where to recycle your undecorated green Christmas […]

COVID claims Biloxi Mardi Gras parades

Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich, after monitoring the continuing upward trend in coronavirus cases and hospitalizations, on Tuesday announced that the 2021 Mardi Gras parades in Biloxi will not roll. Said Gilich,  “With much consideration given to the status of the coronavirus today in our community, it should be no surprise that we announce the cancellation […]

Today’s report: Updates and reminders

Debris removal is not the only project taking place in Biloxi. City Engineering Director Christy LeBatard gives a progress report on some of the city’s current projects in Today’s “Biloxi A to Z” report. Reminders to remove your storm related debris to the curb before Jan. 4, keep bagged leaves and limbs separate, and place […]

Today’s report: Making a splash

Today’s “Biloxi A to Z” report has it all: the approaching deadline for debris pickup, the latest on COVID-19, holiday schedules, and it all begins with a splash, courtesy of the city’s Public Works Department.Facebook: See today’s reportYouTube: See today’s reportSee the overall tracking chartSee the daily comparison chartSee the Harrison County 14-day chartMask Up, […]

This is it! It’s last call for Zeta debris

It’s time to put debris from Hurricane Zeta in the rear-view mirror, says Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich, but to do that, it must be moved to the curb. The city wants all storm debris to be moved to the curb no later than Jan. 4, which is when the city’s debris crews return from a […]

Today’s report: The latest info and bonus video

Today’s Biloxi A to Z report has the latest COVID-19 numbers, the latest on debris, a look at how the city is looking to lower your monthly water bill, and an event captured on camera over the weekend at the Lopez-Quave Public Safety Center.Facebook: See today’s reportYouTube: See today’s reportSee the overall tracking chartSee the […]

Today’s report: Updates, reminders and happenings

The latest information on the debris plan, the next step on the UMusic Broadwater and Tivoli resorts, the rising coronavirus cases, and your weekend preview — including a parade and a marathon — are all part of Today’s report. Facebook: See today’s reportYouTube: See today’s reportSee the overall tracking chartSee the daily comparison chartSee the Harrison […]

Today’s report: What you need to know

There’s a little of everything in today’s holiday-flavored report: The latest on this week’s COVID-19 surge and what you can do to protect yourself and your family, a progress report on the city’s debris removal efforts, and First Lady Serena Gilich shows Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich how to light up Biloxi for the holidays.Facebook: See […]

Freeze! Temps expected to dip overnight

Overnight temperatures are forecast to dip as low as 28 degrees, which has prompted a freeze warning from 10 tonight until 8 Tuesday morning. Residents should take steps to protect plants, pets and pipes, and check on elderly residents, the National Weather Service says. A wind advisory also is in effect until 5 this afternoon, […]

Safety-mindful December newsletter on the way

A leading public health advocate, writing in the December issue of BNews Monthly, admits “we are all becoming very sick and tired” of hearing about the coronavirus, but, as a vaccine is months away, “we all need to take safety measures to protect everyone.” Dr. Robert Travnicek, who for more than two decades served as […]

Today’s report: A debris milestone, safety and COVID-19

Hurricane Zeta debris removal crews reached a milestone over the weekend: More than half of the estimated 200,000 cubic yards of debris have been removed from neighborhoods across the city. That’s the headline in today’s report, but you’ll also learn about kitchen safety for this Thanksgiving, holiday shopping safety tips as Black Friday approaches, and […]

Debris crews take first break next week

The Hurricane Zeta debris haulers in Biloxi, who’ve been working 12- and 15-hour days straight for nearly three weeks, are taking off Thanksgiving week as they approach the halfway point in picking up the estimated 200,000 cubic yards of debris in Biloxi. “We know it’s never quick enough and it’s never enough, but these guys […]

Today’s report: Progress continues on Zeta recovery

The biggest questions today: When are they going to pick up my storm debris and when are they going to fix the traffic signals? Those two Zeta recovery topics as well as the latest on the commercial harbor and the coronavirus, and a look back at Biloxi of old are all part of Today’s report.Facebook: […]

Today’s report: What you need to know

Debris removal efforts, a statewide surge in COVID-19 numbers, the city’s short-term repairs, Christmas City, and a look at what happens to debris after you haul it to the curb.Facebook: See today’s reportYouTube: See today’s reportSee the overall tracking chartSee the daily comparison chartSee the Harrison County 14-day chartMask Up, Biloxi (face covering required): Print […]

Today’s report: Debris hauling is picking up

The city’s debris teams will be picking up their pace in the next few days, and although traffic signals are working at more and more intersections throughout the city, some key locations remain inoperative or destroyed. Those are the key messages in today’s video, nine days after Hurricane Zeta: traffic signals, debris, the latest COVID-19 […]

Biloxi: A to Z and C

Today’s report has information on the city’s storm-debris removal plan, which begins Thursday at sunrise, along with the latest on the coronavirus and an Election Day salute. The numbers, by the way: 644 new cases in the past 24 hours in Mississippi, including 43 in Harrison County. Facebook: See today’s reportYouTube: See today’s reportSee the […]

Today’s report: Curfew begins at 11 tonight

Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich has announced Biloxi will implement a curfew from 11 tonight until 6 Saturday morning, relaxing the 8 p.m. curfew since more businesses are re-opening as more power is being restored across the city. In fact, Mississippi Power announced this afternoon that power restoration efforts will continue through the weekend, and 95 […]

Governor re-issues mask mandate

Citing the growing number of coronavirus cases locally, Gov. Tate Reeves has issued a local order requiring face masks be worn indoors where adequate social distancing is not possible. The mask mandate, which impacts Harrison County and a host of other counties, will go into effect at 8 a.m. Wednesday and be in effect until […]

Today’s Report: The cases, the collision, the storm and more

Mississippi has now identified more than 115,000 cases of the coronavirus statewide and more than 5200 cases in Harrison since the pandemic began. Also, in today’s report, a video clip of a tug boat hitting the Popp’s Ferry Bridge recorded Saturday night by Jimmy Johnson; a reminder about storm prep; the airing of the 14th […]

Today’s report: High numbers, Halloween on Howard and more

Harrison County continues to see an increasing number of coronavirus cases being reported daily, including some record numbers. The Mississippi State Department Health reported a new record high number of daily cases on Thursday with 148 being identified.  Today, the department reports 79 new cases in Harrison County and 795 new cases statewide. Also in […]

Today’s report: Latest numbers, Beauvoir and more

Harrison County is continuing to see an average of nearly four dozen new cases of the coronavirus each day, according to today’s Be Prepared report, and Mississippi saw 586 new cases in the past 24 hours. The latest numbers, along with advice from the Centers for Disease Control, are included in today’s report and a […]

Alarming! Another spike in local numbers

The average daily number of new cases of the coronavirus in Harrison County continues to skyrocket, with a record 113 new cases reported locally in the past 24 hours and a daily average that has doubled, to 47 new cases a day, in the past two weeks.Facebook: See today’s reportYouTube: See today’s reportSee the overall […]

COVID numbers continue upward trajectory

Harrison County is now averaging 36 new coronavirus cases a day, double the number of cases just two weeks ago. The latest COVID-19 numbers, along with news coming this week of a “transformational” development planned for the Broadwater site in West Biloxi, are the highlights of today’s Be Prepared report. Also today: Rockin’s Ray Founier […]

Today’s report: Cruisin’, Delta and COVID-19

Biloxi Chief Administrative Office Mike Leonard appears on today’s Be Prepared report to discuss the events du jour: the success of Cruisin’ the Coast, the diminished threat of Hurricane Delta, and significant public improvement projects approved during the City Council meeting Tuesday. Also in this 13-minute report: The coronavirus numbers are on the increase in […]

Today’s report: Cruisin’, stormin’, COVID-19 and more

News flash: Expect heavy, slow-moving traffic all this week along U.S. 90 and other thoroughfares throughout the city this week for Cruisin’ The Coast. And, just for good measure in the Year 2020, it’s Cruisin’ The Coast in a pandemic, and a storm headed for the Gulf of Mexico mid-week. Cruisin’ organizers report that 6,400 […]

COVID-19 numbers spike in Harrison County

Harrison County reported 78 new positive tests for the coronavirus in the past 24 hours, and Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich has a reminder: “This thing is still out there. Please remain vigilant. Please take precautions. Do it for yourself, your family and friends.” The 78 new COVID-19 cases, the most reported in a single day […]

Masks continue to be required in city buildings

Gov. Tate Reeves on Wednesday relaxed the statewide mask mandate, but face masks will continue to be required inside municipal buildings in Biloxi to help stem the spread of the coronavirus, Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich announced today. “We’re going to continue to ask everyone to wear a face mask in city buildings,” Gilich said this […]

October events are in the air

October generally means a few things in Biloxi: Cruisin’ the Coast, billed as “America’s Largest Block Party,” the Old Biloxi Cemetery Tour, and Real Men Wear Pink, the monthlong fund-raising event for the American Cancer Society.  The October issue of BNews Monthly, arriving in homes and businesses across the city Tuesday and Wednesday, has the […]

Be prepared: Numbers and important reminders

Harrison County reported two dozen new cases of the coronavirus in the past 24 hours, the same number as the day before, while they reported 722 new cases in the past 24 hours. The latest numbers — along with reminders about free public transit on Saturday, an upcoming VA job fair, and the final days […]

COVID-19 cases continue downward trend

The number of reported new cases of the coronavirus continues to trend downward, averaging 15.43 each day in Harrison County. In today’s Be Prepared report, you’ll see the numbers as well as information on a new restaurant in the works for downtown and video salute to the Biloxi Lighthouse.Facebook: See today’s reportYouTube: See today’s reportSee […]

Gilich: The lesson is to be vigilant

Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich, appearing in today’s Be Prepared report, takes stock of the near-miss storms and ongoing pandemic and has advice: Remain vigilant. The report also includes an update on the coronavirus numbers throughout the state and county, how you can help with Hurricane Sally relief efforts, a reminder on this weekend’s city auction, […]

Be Prepared: The latest numbers and a 9-11 salute

The Mississippi State Department of Health reports 23 new cases of the coronavirus in Harrison County in the past 24 hours, part of the 853 new cases reported across the state. The latest numbers are in today’s report, plus a songful homage to those who rose in service 19 years ago during the Sept. 11 […]

Snyder Center re-opens to public

The Donal M. Snyder Sr. Community Center, with its fitness equipment, basketball and pickleball courts, and indoor walking track, re-opened to the public today with a new air-conditioning system and pools that will be ready to open in a couple of weeks. The re-opening of the Snyder Center is one of the updates included in […]

Keep safety in mind this weekend

“In order for us to cruise into October in a safe manner, we need to be careful this weekend,” Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich says in today’s Be Prepared report, published as the city kicks off a three-day Labor Day weekend. The holiday, which traditionally brings the curtain down on Summer each year, is one that […]

Be Prepared: Mask, other mandates extended

Gov. Tate Reeves has extended until Sept. 14 the mandate to wear masks in public and an 11 p.m. last call in bars and restaurants. The action comes as Mississippi saw 1,382 new cases of the coronavirus in the past three days, bringing the statewide total to nearly 83,000 cases since the crisis began in […]

Today’s report: COVID-19 update; how to help Laura victims

Plans are being made now for a contingent of volunteers from the Biloxi Fire Museum and Biloxi Fire Department to help victims of Hurricane Laura. Biloxi Fire Chief Joe Boney, who said donations are being accepted through a GoFundMe page, discusses the Laura relief effort in today’s Be Prepared report, which also includes the latest […]

September newsletter goes on the road

The September issue of BNews Monthly, due in homes and businesses across the city on Friday and Saturday, has a two-page map with details on nearly a hundred public improvement projects across the city. “Right now, we have an $80 million capital projects budget with over 45 projects either in design or construction phases,” City […]

Be Prepared: COVID-19, Marco 0, and Laura TBD

Today’s Be Prepared report has the latest on COVID 19 – the Harrison County average has dropped to below three-dozen new cases a day – as well as the latest word on Marco, which is still expected to bring rain, and Laura, which continues to churn in the Gulf. You’ll also take a trip up […]

Today’s report: Be watchful of the weather

National weather authorities months ago predicted that the 2020 storm season would be a busy one, with as many as two dozen named storms during the six-month season. And while the season has lived up to its billing – Laura makes it a dozen named storms so far this year – no one predicted two […]

Today’s report: The numbers, safety reminders and more

We’re in the midst of hurricane season and a pandemic, and on this, the 51st anniversary of Hurricane Camille, today’s Be Prepared report includes your guide to storm preparations, safely. Also in today’s report, the latest coronavirus numbers: 276 new cases statewide with 16 in Harrison County. You’ll also see hospitalizations, and a reminder about […]

Today’s report: A visit to the hospital and more

Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich thanked frontline healthcare workers at Merit Health Biloxi today, as the average number of new cases of COVID-19 hovers at 46 a day. Today’s report, which includes a look at 14-day trends statewide and locally, also features a segment on why August is such a milestone for Biloxi, and an important […]

Biloxians say it again: ‘Mask up, Biloxi’

Dozens of Biloxians from all walks of life have come together for a new city public outreach video, “Let’s Do This Again: Mask Up, Biloxi.” The five-minute video, set to a light-hearted Western Swing musical track, features nearly 70 Biloxians and “some guy from Gulfport” asking their fellow Biloxians to mask up to prevent the […]

City seeks proposals for Moon Building

The City of Biloxi, which saved several homes on Division Street and gave new life to the former Magnolia Hotel, is seeking potential interest in a storied location on Lameuse Street. The two-story concrete block and brick veneer structure, at 282 Lameuse Street, just south of Division, was constructed in 1974 by local contractor and […]

‘Let’s do this again: Mask Up, Biloxi’

Dozens of community leaders take part in today’s Be Prepared report with an important message: Mask Up, Biloxi. The numbers, however, continue to drive the report: 476 new positives statewide in the past 24 hours, along with 16 new deaths attributed to the coronavirus. There were 1,210 cases on Saturday and 527 on Sunday. Locally, […]

Be Prepared: The latest on COVID-19

It’s been a dubious week for new coronavirus cases: 308 in Harrison County since Monday, including a record-setting 91 positives reported Thursday. Today, there were 1,036 new cases reported statewide and 23 new deaths. Today’s Be Prepared report has the latest numbers, the big picture, the advice and more.Facebook: See today’s reportYouTube: See today’s reportSee […]

Mayor: 11 p.m. is last call for alcohol in bars, restaurants

Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich today issued an executive order designed to make sure local restaurants and bars were adhering to the intent of the governor’s mandate to end alcohol sales at 11 p.m. In his new executive order, Gilich acknowledges that some restaurants and bars “have continued to do so under the ruse of pre-sold […]

Councilman tests positive for COVID-19

Ward 2 Councilmember Felix Gines has tested positive for the coronavirus, becoming the eighth person in his family to contract the virus. Gines, who learned of the Sunday test results this afternoon, said he does not currently have symptoms but will quarantine at home for the prescribed 14 days. “I felt like I had the […]

Be Prepared: Numbers, election, roads and more

Today’s Be Prepared video has the latest on the coronavirus numbers, news of an election taking place Tuesday in Biloxi, and an update on infrastructure work.Facebook: See today’s reportYouTube: See today’s reportSee the overall tracking chartSee the daily comparison chartSee the Harrison County 14-day chart Mask Up, Biloxi (face covering required): Print your own sign (8.5 x […]

Be Prepared: The numbers and more

Harrison County is now averaging 50 new cases of the coronavirus each day, and drive-through testing is coming up next week in east Biloxi. Also in today’s Be Prepared report, Councilmember Felix Gines has a preview of the testing along with a backpack giveaway taking place this weekend.Facebook: See today’s reportYouTube: See today’s reportSee the […]

Drive-up COVID-19 testing Thursday

Memorial Physician Clinic will hold a drive-up coronavirus testing on Thursday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Woolmarket Civic Center off Old Woolmarket Road. The testing is open to those who have COVID- or flu-like symptoms such as body aches, fever, coughing, sneezing, chills, or shortness of breath. Face coverings are required and […]

August BNews has murals and more

The new issue of BNews Monthly, the city’s compendium of All Things Biloxi, will be arriving in homes and businesses across the city Wednesday and Thursday. The 24-page, advertiser-supported city newsletter includes updates on Biloxi’s need to respond to Census 2020, the “Mask Up Biloxi” COVID-19 initiative, the Biloxi Main Street murals project, city finances, […]

Be Prepared: The latest on COVID-19

Wearing masks or face coverings in public places continues to be the message to help stem the spread of the coronavirus, as Harrison County reported more than a hundred new cases of the coronavirus and three new deaths over the weekend. Statewide, 653 cases of the coronavirus were reported in the past 24 hours, but […]

Governor limits alcohol sales at bars, restaurants

Gov. Tate Reeves announced today that bars can now only sell alcohol to seated customers, and no alcohol can be sold at restaurants or bars from 11 p.m. to 7 a.m. The governor, in a briefing this afternoon, also announced that 29 of Mississippi’s 82 counties are now under a mask mandate. The governor’s new […]

Be Prepared: The numbers and what you can do

Harrison County has seen 66 new cases of the coronavirus in the past 24 hours, part of the 1,610 new cases the Mississippi State Department of Health reported across the state. As hospitals continue to report more hospitalizations for COVID-19, state and local leaders continue to stress the basics, especially the mandate to wear a […]

Big issues before mayor, council

Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich has now crafted five municipal budgets since he was elected mayor just before budget time in 2015, but he readily admits it’s a little different this year. “Sure, the revenue situation has been fluid,” Gilich said, “especially since the COVID-19 diminished our two major revenue streams, gaming and sales taxes, but […]

It’s time to register for Biloxi Public Schools

Parents and guardians of students in the Biloxi Public School District: Have you completed online registration for your child yet? The 2020-21 school year begins Aug. 5, and online registration must be completed by Friday. If you are choosing distance learning for your child, you still need to register online for the school year. For […]

Mask mandate extended until Aug. 3

Gov. Tate Reeves today announced that the statewide mask-up mandate has been extended until Aug. 3, and Memorial Hospital has announced more drive-up COVID-19 screening and testing for those who have COVID- or flu-like symptoms is coming up in Biloxi. It’s all part of today’s Be Prepared report, along with the latest numbers: Statewide, 1,251 […]

Be prepared: Rising numbers and a few reminders

Sixty-five new positive tests for the coronavirus have been reported in Harrison County in the past 24 hours, a new record high. The Mississippi State Department of Health also reports today that 1,032 cases of the coronavirus have been identified in the past 24 hours statewide bringing the overall total of cases in the state […]

Be Prepared: Keeping count of COVID and the citizenry

It’s Day 1 for the mask mandate, and, yes, people have questions about the policy. Those questions and the numbers for today — 393 new positive coronavirus tests in 24 hours statewide, including six in Harrison County — are in today’s Be Prepared report. You’ll also hear about an important constitutional consideration: Census 2020.Facebook: See […]

Be Prepared: Masks, other restrictions in the works

Signs alerting the public to the new facemask policy in Biloxi municipal facilities went up in buildings across the city today, as Harrison County reported a record-breaking 56 newly identified cases of the coronavirus and Gov. Tate Reeves has sounded an alarm: Tighter restrictions involving masks and groups are on the way for Harrison and […]

Facemasks now required at city buildings

Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich, who a week ago announced that city employees dealing with the public should wear facemasks, has made it official: Anyone entering a municipal facility in Biloxi must wear a face covering — visitors and employees. In an executive order issued today, his ninth since the COVID-19 crisis began in mid-March, Gilich […]

Be Prepared: The numbers and a reminder

The Mississippi State Department of Health says 357 new cases of the coronavirus have been identified in the past 24 hours statewide, including 21 new positive tests in Harrison County. The latest on the numbers – along with a reminder of the guidelines from the Opening up Biloxi Again plan – are in today’s Be […]

Mask giveaway: 27,000 in four hours

The City of Biloxi distributed 27,000 masks in four hours this morning, in a “Mask, up Biloxi” initiative that Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich announced in an appeal Wednesday night. The program, designed to help stem the spread of the coronavirus, was supposed to run from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. today at five drive-through locations […]

The latest numbers; Mask up, Biloxi

Fifty new positive tests for the coronavirus have been reported in Harrison County in the past 24 hours in a two-week span that has seen the daily average nearly triple, and on Friday, ahead of the Fourth of July weekend, the city is hoping to give away thousands of facemasks to help slow the spread. […]

Gilich: Face it, Biloxi. It’s time to mask up

Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich today announced that when City Hall re-opens to the public Thursday morning, city staff working with the public will be wearing facemasks. In fact, Gilich said, he has advised city department directors to make sure that all frontline city workers wear masks to help avoid the spread of the coronavirus. And […]

City Hall to remain closed for 24 to 48 hours

The State Department of Health reported 675 new cases of the coronavirus statewide in the past 24 hours, 46 in Harrison County, and Biloxi Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich says City Hall will remain closed to the public for another 24 to 48 hours, after an employee tested positive for the virus. Since Friday, the state […]

City hall closes temporarily after positive test

Entrances to Biloxi City Hall are closed this morning after a city hall employee tested positive for the coronavirus. All administration staff and city council members were notified of the positive test this morning and those who have come in contact with the employee are being testing or are self-monitoring for any symptoms.    “This […]

BNews arrives Saturday, Monday across city

The July Issue of BNews Monthly will be arriving in Biloxi mailboxes on Saturday and Monday. Among the stories: Safety reminders about the coronavirus, Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich on the issues, storm and flood preparation information, the city’s water quality report, the inside story on the Broadwater proposal, info on the city’s Fourth of July […]

Be Prepared: COVID numbers and more

Motorists and fans of Scrapin the Coast, the two-day auto show at the Coast Coliseum, were already lining up and lining a coned U.S. 90 this afternoon as the two-day event unfolds against a backdrop of increasing coronavirus cases. Today’s Be Prepared report has insight into the newly identified COVID-19 cases — 25,066 statewide, and […]

Today’s report: Five days of numbers

The Mississippi State Department of Health, plagued by technical issues since last week, today released five-day totals of new coronavirus cases: 1,646 cases statewide since Wednesday, including 71 in Harrison County. The new numbers bring the totals to 22,287 cases identified statewide since Day 1, and 978 deaths. In Harrison County, the 71 new cases […]

Unity March kicks off day of events Saturday

An event billed as a “Unity March & Prayer” on Saturday morning will usher in a day where Biloxi celebrates two of its annual events: Juneteenth and the beachfront wade-ins. The trio of events arrive against a backdrop of nationwide racial tensions, exacerbated in Mississippi by the move to change the state flag. In Biloxi, […]

Trio of events planned for Saturday

Biloxi has a tripleheader of events Saturday: a unity march, a Juneteenth observance and a wade-in memorial, and city leaders are encouraging the public to gather safely. Two of the events are longstanding annual city observances, Juneteenth, which takes place at Beck Park, 671 Division St., from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., and the wade-in […]

Coronavirus cases climbing in Harrison County

Harrison County coronavirus numbers are headed in the wrong direction — up and in record-setting fashion. A total of new 48 cases were reported over the past three days, including 23 cases in the past 24 hours in Harrison County. The 23 new cases was the largest one-day total since counting began in March. And […]

Be Prepared: Splash pads and news of Merit

The four splash pads in the City of Biloxi will open to the public Saturday morning and will be open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily. The opening of the splash pads – at Hiller Park, Point Cadet, Margaret Sherry and John Henry Beck Park – is one of the announcements in today’s Be […]

Uptick in local numbers continues

The Mississippi State Department of Health reported a jump in coronavirus cases in Harrison for two days in a row and Mayor Gilich has noticed. On Tuesday, the state department reported 11 new cases and today, 12 new cases were reported. Those numbers, as well as statewide numbers, and the rescue of an unwelcome guest […]

State sets a new daily coronavirus record

The state set another dubious record today, announcing the largest number of new coronavirus cases since counting began. A total of 498 cases were identified in the past 24 hours, says the Mississippi Department of Health, following up on a weekend that saw 501 new cases over two days. Harrison County is also seeing an […]

Be Prepared for heavy rain this weekend

Tropical storm conditions from Cristobal are forecast as early as Saturday, and city leaders are reminding citizens to prepare. Biloxi Emergency Manager Nick Geiser advises in today’s Be Prepared video report to not be alarmed but take precautions. “We are not expecting to see a hurricane-strength storm make landfall,” Geiser said. “But it does mean […]

Scaled-back Blessing to cover two weekends

The annual Blessing of the Fleet, originally scheduled to take place this weekend, will be a two-weekend affair this year because of inclement weather expected from Tropical Storm Cristobal this weekend. The Blessing scheduling updates, along with a report on Cristobal and the latest coronavirus numbers, are among the topics in today’s Be Prepared report. […]

Be Prepared: Coronavirus updates, Cristobal

Today’s “Be Prepared” report has the latest on the coronavirus numbers – 302 new cases statewide, including two in Harrison County – and while there’s no cause for alarm, there’s a storm expected to be in the central Gulf of Mexico this weekend.Facebook: See today’s reportYouTube: See today’s reportSee the overall tracking chartSee the daily […]

Today’s report: The charts, the numbers

Mississippi has now identified more than 16,000 cases of the coronavirus since this pandemic began. The Mississippi State Department of Health today reported that 268 cases statewide in the past 24 hours, driving the total number of cases since counting began in March to 16,020. In Harrison County, two new cases were reported in the […]

U.S. 90 lane closure expected to end Friday

The lane closure on U.S. 90 south of the Biloxi City Cemetery, bottlenecking some of the 41,000 vehicles that pass the site on an average day, may be ending this Friday. This week, infrastructure workers are expected to pull a 16-inch, 750-foot lone pipe through a small tunnel that was bored 12 feet below the […]

Today’s report: Biloxi Natatorium; rising state numbers

The Biloxi Natatorium will open its doors for adult swimming on Monday but with guidelines. The swimming pool, located at 1384 Father Ryan Ave., has been closed since mid-March because of the coronavirus. The facility will open Monday morning and be open initially only for adult swimming weekdays from 5 a.m. to 8 p.m. with […]

Today’s report: A perspective from the gaming industry

As more of the Biloxi economy roars back from the coronavirus threat, the city and its casino industry have a unique opportunity, says longtime local gaming leader Keith Crosby in today’s Be Prepared report. “Right now, the issue is rebuilding confidence in our customer base that it’s safe to come here, which it absolutely is, […]

Be Prepared: Numbers, news and observations

The June issue of BNews Monthly should begin arriving in homes and businesses across the city on Saturday, the state has now passed the 14,000 mark on coronavirus cases, including eight in Harrison County in the past 24 hours, and the city has updated its Opening up Biloxi Again guidelines online. Those are the topics […]

City saves $1.5 million with timely move

It’s an issue that Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich had been monitoring behind the scenes for months, and now, in the midst of the coronavirus and as interest rates have fallen dramatically, he’s done the deed. The city will save nearly $1.5 million over time, including nearly $400,000 in the next year, by partially refinancing two […]

Big weekend arrives amid backdrop of new spike in state

Today’s Be prepared report is a mixed bag: The state reports a huge number of new coronavirus cases — 402, the second highest since counting began — and tourism leader Kenny Glavan reports brisk business as Biloxi heads into the Memorial Day weekend. Locally, the Mississippi State Department of Health reports Harrison County reported six […]

And now, we’re off and rolling

The city’s economic engine, the casino resort industry, opened its doors today, also bringing almost 5,000 hotel rooms online as well. Seven of the city’s eight casinos began opening this morning with all open by mid-afternoon, except for the Beau Rivage, which opens June 1. The move also puts thousands of employees and suppliers back […]

Today’s report: Let the games begin — safely

Casinos in Biloxi and across the state have the green light to open Thursday morning at 8, with guidelines from the Mississippi Gaming Commission. Locally, Golden Nugget, Harrah’s and Treasure Bay are expected to open at 8 a.m., followed by the Palace Casino Resort and Boomtown at 10 a.m., Hard Rock at 11 a.m., and […]

Today’s report: Visitors Center, churches to open

The Biloxi Visitors Center on Friday morning will open its doors for the first time in two months, a day after the re-opening of Biloxi casinos. The center, located just north of the Biloxi Lighthouse, will be open initially only for informational purposes; galleries, exhibits and the theater will remain closed, Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich […]

West Beach Boardwalk makes a tern

The small-but-spirited Least Tern has done something the coronavirus couldn’t do: It’s shut down part of a city project. Workers on the West Beach Boardwalk expansion between Veterans and Camellia avenues had to move to another part of the mile-long project after a Least Tern nest was found adjacent to a piece of earthmoving machinery. […]

Gilich: Eyes will be on us next week

“The entire country will be watching us and how we handle this,” Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich said today after the Mississippi Gaming Commission unveiled guidelines to re-open the state’s casinos, including eight in Biloxi, which have been closed since for two months. “There are national implications to how we do this,” Gilich said, “and it’s […]

Increase in local cases draws Mayor’s attention

Thirteen new cases of the coronavirus were reported in Harrison County in past 24 hours, drawing a statement from Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich. “We re-opened some things last week, right?” Gilich says in today’s Be Prepared report. “Last Friday, there was clearly a downward 14-day running average. Is that still the case? The next days […]

Coronavirus: Is the first wave over?

There was a bump in new coronavirus cases today locally – nine cases, representing the largest number since April 15 – but a local healthcare leader says he believes that Biloxi and the Gulf Coast are on the backside of the first wave of the virus. “We saw the curve earlier here in the state […]

Today’s update: Edgewater reports brisk business

Dillard’s, one of the anchors at Edgewater Mall, re-opened its doors today, and Manager Terry Powell says sales have been brisk among the 42 retailers now open at the west Biloxi venue. Powell guests on today’s Be Prepared report, which also features the latest coronavirus numbers: Three new cases reported in Harrison County, meaning the […]

Today’s update: Development meetings to resume

Community Development Director Jerry Creel has announced plans to resume a host of public meetings with social distancing and gathering guidelines. The meetings, set to take place in the auditorium at the Community Development Building on MLK Boulevard, include the Development Review Committee, which begins meetings this week; Community Court with its first session on […]

Barbershops, salons, gyms and court open Monday

You can get a haircut or go to the gym beginning Monday. More openings take place this week — salons, barbershops, gyms and municipal court — as Mississippi today reported 123 new cases of the coronavirus after a rollercoaster week. Gov. Tate Reeves and Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich signed orders on Friday opening hair salons, […]

Gilich: Let’s aim to open churches, safely

Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich, who has long said he thinks people want to have a meal in a restaurant and a chance to go to church, said he hopes places of worship can open in Biloxi two weeks from today. The mayor set the goal of May 23-24 after meeting on Friday with a host […]

Gilich OKs Monday opening of barbershops, gyms

Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich this afternoon signed an order allowing salons, barbershops and gyms to open on Monday at 8 a.m., in accordance with an Executive Order issued by the governor today. However, Gov. Tate Reeves’s order places a host of restrictions on salons, barbershop and gyms, some more detailed than the city’s Opening Up […]

Municipal Court resumes Monday morning

Biloxi Municipal Court, which has been postponed since mid-March because of the coronavirus threat, will resume court proceedings Monday beginning at 9 a.m. Court Administrator David Leckich said only people with immediate and direct business with the court will be allowed into the courtroom, in order to comply with social distancing and to maintain a […]

Only half of Biloxi has responded to Census so far

The U.S. Census Bureau, in coordination with federal, state and local health officials, has begun a phased restart of some 2020 Census field operations in select geographic areas, including south Mississippi. And it’s a good thing for Biloxi, where the Census Bureau reports just over half of the households have responded. The national count, which […]

Today’s update: Pickleball and tennis courts open

As more and more restaurants and retailers are allowed to open, the city is also opening up more recreation opportunities. Today’s Be Prepared report has information on pickleball and tennis courts being open, along with the guidelines for use of the courts. The report also has the latest coronavirus numbers: 262 new cases statewide in […]

Restaurants getting a final briefing

Staff from the city’s Community Development Department are visiting the city’s 171 licensed restaurants in the city today and over the next day or two to make sure operators are aware of the guidelines for reopening. Department Director Jerry Creel said Code Enforcement officers are confirming that new temporary occupancy limits are displayed and followed […]

Mayor: Guidelines will help keep us safe

As COVID-19 numbers continue to decrease throughout the coastal counties and as Biloxi positions itself to move to the next phase of re-opening on Thursday, Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich speaks today about the importance of adhering to the “Opening up Biloxi Again” guidelines. Also in today’s Be Prepared report: The latest numbers, a nod to […]

Today’s report: Looking forward; remembering a hero

As Gov. Tate Reeves announced an easing of restrictions on restaurants beginning Thursday, Biloxi Police Chief John Miller appears on today’s Be Prepared video to talk about the anxiousness of the community and the one-year anniversary of the killing of Biloxi Police Officer Robert McKeithen. The Biloxi policeman was shots and killed in front of […]

Today’s report: Lower state, local numbers; looking at trends

The Mississippi State Department of Health this afternoon says there have been 109 new cases of the virus reported in the past 24 hours throughout the state, but none locally. Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich says he expects to return publoic parks to their normal operating hours this week; however, parks remain open only walking, jogging […]

Today’s update: It’s the last night of curfew

Biloxi’s 11 p.m.-to-5 a.m. curfew ends after tonight, as the downward trajectory of cases continues locally. However, the Mississippi State Department of Health, which reported a record 397 new cases of the coronavirus on Friday, says there have been 229 new cases of the virus reported in the past 24 hours statewide. In Harrison County, […]

City issues new safety guidelines

As the state reported its largest number of coronavirus cases, Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich today announced new safety standards designed to protect public health and safety in Biloxi businesses. The set of guidelines — called “Opening up Biloxi Again” — does not open any businesses not already authorized to open by the governor, but sets […]

Today’s update: Latest numbers, a developing story

The coronavirus numbers continue to provide a mixed bag statewide and locally, but the magic number for the city is more than four dozen. Biloxi Engineering Director Christy LeBatard appears on today’s Be Prepared video to give a progress report on more than 50 public improvement projects across the city. Also reported today are the […]

Today’s update: Another bump, a look at progress

Harrison County saw another slight uptick in numbers today, and although the pandemic has devastated the economy, construction continues in Biloxi. Community Development Director Jerry Creel discusses the development underway in Biloxi in today’s Be Prepared report. Facebook: See today’s updateYouTube: See today’s updateSee the overall tracking chartSee the daily comparison chartSee the Harrison County 14-day chartSee […]

An uptick in numbers, an uptick in patience

Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich met with a group of restaurteurs today, continuing to familiarize the local business community with expectations that will be in place when operations resume. The mayor also saw the latest numbers – an uptick in the state and in Harrison County in the daily positive cases of the coronavirus – and […]

Today’s update: A step closer

As coronavirus cases continue to be reported around the state, a slowing trend is being seen in Harrison County leading to more talk about opening up Biloxi again. The latest numbers show an additional 183 positives statewide and one new positive in Harrison County, as reported in today’s Be Prepared video. Mayor Andrew “FoFo’ Gilich […]

Today’s update: A new week begins

The state today reports a decrease in new positive coronavirus cases in the past 24 hours while the numbers in Harrison County continued to show a downward trajectory. City employees will be returning to work Monday morning, but non-emergency municipal offices will remain closed to walk-in traffic. Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich plans to have meetings […]

Today update: Seeing the trends, steady as she goes

The latest numbers are out – increases statewide and decreases locally – and the mayor has begun the process of meeting with various segments of the Biloxi business community to set expectations for “Opening Up Biloxi Again.” Today’s Be Prepared report shows the trends in the numbers, the mayor’s views, and there’s a reminder: It’s […]

Today’s video: latest numbers, staying the course

The latest numbers show a downward trajectory of new coronavirus cases in Harrison County, and Gov. Tate Reeves, aware of 281 new cases statewide, announced a Safer in Place order that keeps most protective measures in place. In fact, the governor’s new executive order, which takes effect on Monday morning, presents few if any changes […]

Gilich: We must stay the course right now

Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich, agreeing with a sentiment that “it’s time to start getting back to normal,” appeared on today’s Be Prepared report with a message: We must stay the course right now. “It’s just like the doctor tells you,” Gilich declared in the five-minute update: “Don’t stop taking your medicine because you’re feeling better. […]

Today’s video: Some perspective and the latest

Capt. Matt Powell of the Biloxi Fire Department, fresh from a relief trip to the tornado-stricken areas of central Mississippi, appears on today’s Be Prepared video to help bring perspective to life today. The coronavirus numbers from the past 24 hours: 178 newly identified cases statewide, the fourth day of declining positives statewide; and 10 […]

Keesler maintains coronavirus restrictions

Here’s the latest from Col. Heather W. Blackwell, commander of the 81st Training Wing at Keesler Air Force Base in Biloxi: The base has had mitigation measures in place the past seven weeks. We have been deliberate in the actions we’ve taken to restrict the base and do our part to slow the spread of […]

Gilich: It will not be ‘business as usual’

Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich told the Biloxi City Council today that the plan was to consider the guidelines needed to re-open such venues as restaurants and churches as leaders continue to look for a downward trajectory in newly identified cases of the coronavirus. Gilich was involved in an hourlong teleconference with fellow mayors and other […]

Builders moving forward despite COVID-19

Commercial and residential construction continues to move forward despite the coronavirus threat. In fact, in a five-week period from when the pandemic began shutting down the local economy — March 16 through April 20 — the city’s Community Development Department has issued $6.57 million in construction permits. The construction numbers, along with the latest coronavirus […]

Today’s update: A mixed bag of numbers, looking forward

The Mississippi State Department of Health reported a new high water mark – 300 newly identified cases of the coronavirus in the past 24 hours – but no new cases were reported in Harrison County. Today’s Be prepared update has the latest on the numbers, statewide and locally, along with a new graph that compares […]

Today’s update: Remain vigilant

Non-emergency city departments will remain on reduced staffing next week, and today the state reported 181 new cases of the coronavirus were identified in the past 24 hours, including seven in Harrison County. Those are the key messages in today’s Be Prepared video, recorded this afternoon at City Hall. The video also includes Councilmember Paul […]

Governor: Beaches open Monday morning

Gov. Tate Reeves announced today that beaches would open to the public Monday morning, but Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich reminds residents that social distancing should continue to be a part of their routine. The Mississippi State Department of Health, meanwhile, reports today that 169 new cases have been identified statewide in the past 24 hours, […]

Beware! Stimulus checks attract the scammers

Now that federal stimulus checks are beginning to arrive in banks accounts or mailboxes, the Biloxi Police Department is reminding residents to beware of scams. Biloxi Police Chief John Miller, appearing on the city’s daily Be Prepared video, said police have already received a report of an individual trying to cash a bogus $3,600 stimulus […]

Today’s update: Higher numbers, testing and Biloxi

Mississippi saw 273 new COVID-19 cases identified in the past 24 hours, the largest increase since counting began, and there were 25 new cases in Jackson County, according to the latest from the Mississippi State Department of Health. The latest numbers and tracking chart are included in today’s Be Prepared video update, along with information […]

Drive-up testing offered in Biloxi Thursday

A drive-up COVID-19 screening and testing will take place in Biloxi Thursday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the parking lot of the Biloxi Civic Center, on Howard Avenue. The one-day testing, which is open to all ages, is primarily for those who are experiencing flu-like symptoms, such as body aches, fever, coughing, sneezing, […]

Fire Department nearly back to full staff

The Biloxi Fire Department, which had as many as two dozen firefighters out because of the coronavirus, is expected to be back to full staff this week, except for one firefighter who has recently tested positive for the virus. Biloxi Fire Chief Joe Boney made the announcement this morning during a weekly teleconference among city […]

Today’s update: Still waiting on the eye to pass

The number of coronavirus cases has increased statewide by 139 in the past 24 hours and by more than 1,100 in the past week, bringing the statewide total to 2,781, as the state of emergency, nightly curfew and other measures continue. “We’re waiting on the eye to pass,” Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich has said, but, […]

An important message on a proud anniversary

It was a proud time for Biloxi on this day 50 years ago, when Apollo 13 lifted off from Kennedy Space Center, with Biloxi native Fred Haise aboard as the Lunar Module Pilot. The mission, which lifted off at 1:13 (“13:13” in military parlance) on April 11, 1970, captured the attention of the nation, when, […]

Increase in COVID cases continues statewide

The number of coronavirus cases statewide has increase by more than 460 over the past two days, now up to 2,469, and 82 deaths across the state. Those are the latest numbers included in today’s Be Prepared video update, which also includes a conversation with Pastor Eric Dickey of First Missionary Baptist Church and a […]

The latest: A spike in statewide numbers

The latest numbers show a statewide spike of 257 positive coronavirus cases reported in the last 24 hours, bringing the new total to 2,260 positive cases statewide, and 76 deaths, including nine reported since Wednesday. Those numbers – along with a look at numbers from the three Coastal counties – are among the new information […]

BPD: Property crimes down 51 percent

The Biloxi Police Department reports a 51 percent drop in property crimes compared to this time last year and a 38 percent below the average over the past five years. The nightly curfew and additional police patrols, says Biloxi Police Chief John Miller, are working. “People are staying off the streets,” Miller said, “and that […]

Construction projects humming along

“Both commercial and residential construction continue to boom in Biloxi,” Community Development Director Jerry Creel says, “and as long as construction is continuing, we will issue permits and perform inspections.” The city, despite fears of the coronavirus threat, issued $1.7 million in construction permits two weeks ago, and $2.1 million last week, including permits for […]

Beware of COVID scams, warns police chief

Biloxi Police are seeing a rise in scams during the coronovirus pandemic and want the public to beware. “There have been several email scams that have been identified where it appears that the information is coming from the CDC,” Biloxi Police Chief John Miller says in today’s Be Prepared video update. “If you need information. […]

City Council meets Tuesday evening

The Biloxi City Council conducts its first-of-the-month night meeting on Tuesday at 6, with an agenda of more than two dozen measures. The meeting, which will be limited to elected leaders and staff as needed, will be streamed live on the city’s website. At the outset of the gathering, Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich will update […]

Today’s update: A look at the numbers

“We haven’t seen the peak yet,” Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich says in today’s Be Prepared video message, “but praying it comes sometimes in the next few weeks.” Gilich, marking the two-week point since the city began the social-media and BTV video updates, today revealed a graph that shows the daily increase in coronavirus cases, statewide […]

Work continues with scaled-back city staff

The city transitions to its emergency staffing levels Monday, with about half of its 650-employee workforce at home on paid administrative leave, and most departments, except for public safety, operating at reduced levels. Many city facilities — recreation centers, public pools, libraries and parks — closed, and other city facilities, such as City Hall, Community […]

Police arrest Hiller Park party organizer

Night 1 of the curfew on Thursday night — when travel is supposed to be limited — prompted a number of traffic stops and the dispersing of a crowd at Hiller Park gathered for a party, which was later moved to a residence where Biloxi Police arrested an organizer. Biloxi Police Chief John Miller, appearing […]

City to reduce staffing levels Monday

The City of Biloxi on Monday is shifting to its emergency staffing plan, with about half of the city’s 650 employees sheltering at home on paid administrative leave until recalled to work. However, staffing of first responders in the Biloxi Police and Fire departments and dispatchers in the city’s Communications Center will remain at normal […]

Today’s update: What you need to know

The nightly curfew begins at 11 tonight in Biloxi and surrounding communities, and Biloxi Police Chief John Miller appears on today’s video update to tell you what you need to know. Also, beginning Friday at 5 p.m. with the governor’s order, beaches will be closed; boardwalks and walking trails will be open to individuals. Hear […]

FAQs for shelter in place order

Gov. Tate Reeves signed a statewide shelter in place order for Mississippi to begin Friday at 5 pm. But what does that mean? The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency has released some frequency asked questions and answers regarding the order.  Questions include “How long will this last?”, “Can I go to work?”, “Can I exerciser or […]

Mayor on curfew, other issues

Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich discusses the upcoming curfew and closures of additional businesses, what it all means, and what he’s seeing, in today’s video message, which was recorded this afternoon at 3:30 at City Hall.Facebook: See the mayor’s messageYouTube: See the mayor’s messageSee the city’s coronavirus updates

Municipal court closures now extended to May

The Biloxi Municipal Court will not be in session for the month of April. The latest extension is effective through May 1 and is based on the continued risk and increased cases of the coronavirus. An administrative order has been issued to extend the court closure, but judges may still make case-by-case exceptions and consider […]

Curfew, more business closures to begin Thursday

Biloxi is enacting a nightly curfew, from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. daily, beginning Thursday night. In addition, a host of other non-essential businesses that rely on close contact are being temporarily closed. Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich, who taped a daily video message asking residents to limit travel, signed the emergency proclamation in hopes of […]

Video update: Latest from mayor and police chief

Biloxi Police are continuing to make extra patrols of closed businesses, Police Chief John Miller says in today’s video update, and police are also looking to disperse any crowd they may encounter. Miller joins Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich in today’s Be Prepared video update, a four-minute report recorded this afternoon at Biloxi City Hall. The […]

Community Market to reopen — with restrictions

The Charles R. Hegwood Community Market will re-open offering produce only beginning on Tuesday. The market, which temporarily closed earlier this month because of fears of spreading the coronavirus, will be open to the public Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. under the I-10 overpass off Howard and Hopkins. City staff will […]

Fire Chief: The virus has hit home for me

The authorities are advising no groups of 10 or more, but Fire Chief Joe Boney, in today’s video update, has a question: Why would you want to be in ANY group at this time? Boney said the three Biloxi firefighters who have been found to have the virus are recovering at home. “As I knew […]

Third in fire department tests positive

A third member of the Biloxi Fire Department has tested positive for the coronavirus, Biloxi Fire Chief Joe Boney announced today. “We knew there was a chance of this happening,” Fire Chief Joe Boney said Friday when two initial positives were announced. “We are taking appropriate precautions, and this is in no way impacting our […]

Be careful what you flush

It hasn’t been an issue here, but with the run on toilet paper, paper towels and hand wipes, it’s worth mentioning: “Don’t be tempted to flush those wipes, paper towels, or napkins down the commode,” says Billy Ray Allen, Biloxi’s Public Works director. “They’re likely to clog your sewer pipes, creating a yucky — and […]

Biloxi VA announces two positives

From the Gulf Coast Veterans Health Care System: On March 27, two Gulf Coast Veterans Health Care System employees at the Biloxi VA tested positive for COVID-19. In accordance with CDC guidelines and the employees’ status, the individuals are currently in home isolation, mitigating further risk of transmission to other patients and staff. The Gulf […]

Podcast: Inside the decisions

Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich stopped by the recording of the “City Desk” podcast this afternoon and had answers for lingering questions: Why no curfew? What do you tell people who are feeling stressed? How are YOU handling things? To listen to the 13-minute program — Gilich joins midway through — click here.

Mayor: ‘Act as if you have this virus’

Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich has advice for everyone worried about contracting the coronavirus: Act is as if you already have it. “Everyone, of all ages,” Gilich says in today’s video message, “must act as if they had this virus and stay clear of people and things that could transmit it to others.” The comment was […]

Two in fire department test positive

Two members of the Biloxi Fire Department have tested positive for the coronavirus. Neither was admitted to a hospital, but are in self-quarantine at home. “We knew there was a chance of this happening,” Fire Chief Joe Boney said. “We are taking appropriate precautions, and this is in no way impacting our ability to respond […]

Edgewater Mall to close Sunday

Edgewater Mall will close at the end of business Sunday, with tentative plans to re-open Monday, April 13, 2020. The mall, which had been open to only a handful of its stores, announced that Dillard’s will remain open 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday and from noon to 6 p.m. Sunday. Chick-Fil-A will […]

Mayor’s daily update: Police patrols, latest numbers

The Biloxi Police Department has developed a new team that monitors social distances on the beach during the day and turns into a business watch during the night, making sure that closed businesses are secure. The measure, which police have had in place for a week now, is one of the announcements in Mayor Andrew […]

Keesler confirms three COVID-19 cases

Here is a Keesler status report for Mayor Gilich and other community leaders provided Wednesday at 1 p.m. by Col. Heather W. Blackwell, commander of the 81st Training Wing at Keesler: Before it hits the news, I wanted to let you know Keesler has its first cases of positive COVID-19: an active duty member, a […]

Signs going up; council affirms closures

The Biloxi Fire Department today was posting notices on businesses that social-distancing practices must be respected in order for businesses to remain open.  The signs amplify the message from Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich in his daily video, and follow up on the City Council’s confirmation on Tuesday of an emergency declaration identifying critical infrastructure. “We […]

Gilich: ‘We want to smash that curve’

New signs will be showing up in businesses across the city warning owners and customers that social distancing must be practiced, Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich reported today. Say the signs: “This business is open and will remain so, if these directives are followed: + Practice social distancing (6 feet or more) + No gatherings of […]

Municipal Court extends modified schedule

Biloxi Municipal Court, which has been suspended through March 27, has now postponed in-court appearances through April 10. An administrative order has been issued to extend the court closure, but judges may still make case-by-case exceptions and consider motions when reviewing or considering trials, after consulting with all parties or their counsel of record. The […]

Today’s update from Mayor Gilich

The beaches remain open, with limitations, the idea of a round-the-clock curfew has been rejected for the time being, and it’s “business as unusual,” Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich reports in his daily message, recorded this afternoon at City Hall. “Concern about the spread of COVID-19 is still high all over,” Gilich said in the brief […]

Local COVID-19 testing locations identified

The Mississippi State Department of Health has released a list of statewide testing locations. Requirements: These providers require that you have symptoms of COVID-19 in order to be tested: a fever of 100.4 or greater and severe cough or chest pain. Here are the south Mississippi locations: Gulfport Memorial Gulfport 228-867-5000 Memorial Drinkwater Internal Medicine Walk-In Clinic Bay Saint Louis […]

Mayor Gilich has a message for you

The City of Biloxi has launched a new communications tool, “Be prepared,” a daily video message that will be shown on social media platforms and on BTV, the city’s TV channel. “We want to give you accurate information, the things you need to know,” Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich said in the first video message, which […]

The latest from Keesler

The latest from Col. Heather Blackwell, commander of the 81st Training Wing at Keesler. We’ve made some major decisions over the weekend in an effort to keep Keesler’s posture in a proactive stance against the coronavirus.  These changes will have a significant impact on retirees coming onto Keesler so I wanted to ensure you were […]

Unemployment benefits available for impacted workers

Workers in Mississippi unable to work because of the coronavirus will be eligible to file for unemployment benefits, the Mississippi Department of Employment Security has announced. In fact, those displaced can call Sunday between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. if they have questions. The agency has modified its existing unemployment compensation rules to also allow […]

Talk of curfew making the rounds

Harrison County Sheriff Troy Peterson and police chiefs in Harrison County are recommending a two-week, 24-hour curfew beginning Monday night, and Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich said he expects the issue to come up during a Harrison County Board of Supervisors meeting Monday morning. Peterson and the police chiefs suggest the curfew run through April 6 […]

April citywide newsletter online early

“This, too, shall pass, but not just yet,” is the front-page headline in the new issue of the city’s monthly newsletter, which features the latest on coronavirus-related announcements from the city. The April issue of BNews Monthly also contains an explanation of the need for social distancing, the latest on local emergency-response protocols, how to […]

Gilich: Bars, dining rooms must close by midnight

Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich has announced that bars, taverns, lounges and dining rooms of restaurants must close tonight by midnight and until further notice. Gilich made the announcement this evening after teleconferences with mayors and other leaders this afternoon. Other nearby cities have also announced similar measures. Restaurants would be limited to take-out, pickup, delivery, […]

Council meetings: Watch online only

The City is Biloxi has announced that attendance at meetings of the City Council will be conducted with limited attendance. City Council meetings, which have traditionally been posted online within an hour after their conclusion, will now also be streamed live online, with replays on BTV at 9 a.m., 9 p.m. and 3 p.m. “In […]

Biloxi identifes positive Coronavirus case

Merit Health in Biloxi announced this morning that a patient has been confirmed as having Cornoavirus or COVID-19 The hospital’s statement: “For the last several days, our hospital has been working collaboratively with the Mississippi State Department of Health while testing was completed for a patient who presented our facility with risk factors and symptoms consistent […]

Keesler seeks to limit base traffic

Keesler Air Force Base is asking retirees and veterans to limit travel to the base for essential medical appointment only. “Keeping our training pipeline open is essential to the success of our Air Force,” said Col. Heather Blackwell, commander of the 81st Training Wing. “Stopping the spread of this virus will enable us to continue […]

First responders develop new protocols

Two-thirds of the 7,000 calls to the Biloxi Fire Department in a typical year are medical emergencies, and the threat of the coronavirus means 911 dispatchers will be asking more questions as they roll first responders to calls for help. “It’s really a matter of protecting our first responders and making sure we don’t do […]

City eyes impact of casino closures

“We’re evaluating every aspect of our city finances,” Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich said today, hours after casino resorts in Biloxi and across the state closed to minimize the threat of spreading the coronavirus. The city’s annual budget — about $66 million for operations and another $18 million for water and sewer services — had projected […]

Council meeting to have restricted attendance

The Biloxi City Council will meet Tuesday at 1:30 p.m., but city leaders are asking that only those with pending business before the council attend the meeting since seating will be restricted. The restricted seating also will be enforced during a noon special meeting to consider funding for Coast Transit Authority. All meetings of the […]

Municipal Court cancels sessions for two weeks

Biloxi Municipal Court will not be in session this week, however, the court itself remains open for those scheduled to make payments or perform court-appointed work. An administrative order issued by the court today continues all cases for at least two weeks, through 5 p.m. on Friday, March 27. The order also notes that judges […]

City to declare state of emergency

The City of Biloxi plans to declare a state of emergency during a City Council meeting on Tuesday at 1:30 p.m. The state of emergency and the city’s continuing assessment of standard operating procedures are steps designed to minimize the expected increase in cases of the Coronavirus. The state of the emergency, a measure typically […]

Monday will bring closures, schedule changes

Classes will not be in session this week at Biloxi Public Schools and a number of city facilities, including the Biloxi Natatorium and Donal M. Snyder Sr. Community Center, will be closed as well, as local leaders attempt to reduce the chance for the spread of the coronavirus. Leaders of Biloxi Public Schools, after a […]

Podcast: A rollercoaster of a week

This week’s City Desk podcast reviews the week — huge back-to-back crowds at the ballpark, followed by postponement of weekend events — as community leaders continue to work to diminish the chance of the Coronavirus spreading. The weekly public affairs program, which also focuses on Census 2020 this week, was recorded this afternoon at City […]

Natatorium, Snyder Center to close temporarily

The Biloxi Parks & Recreation Department has decided to temporarily close two well-used facilities beginning Monday. The Biloxi Natatorium and the Donal M. Snyder Sr. Community Center, facilities that are frequented by people of all ages, will close on March 16 and remain closed until further notice. “We want to be prudent,” said Parks & […]

With spike in interest, Biloxi postpones parade, Grillin’

Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich, after consulting with organizers of two weekend events, has announced that the Hibernia Marching Society St. Patrick’s parade and Grillin’ on the Green will be moved to the Fall. Gilich made his decision after organizers of both events reported a significant spike in interest from potential visitors and vendors because other […]

St. Paddy’s parade, Grillin’ remain on schedule

The Hibernia Marching Society’s annual St. Paddy’s Day parade and Main Street’s Grillin’ on the Green are still on schedule for this weekend, but Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich says the city will continue to monitor directives from public health leaders, and the public should continue to take common-sense steps to diminish the spread of the […]

New VA protocols tie up Monday morning traffic

Traffic headed into the Biloxi Veterans Administration grounds was slow-moving and backed up the length of Veterans Avenue, to U.S. 90, at one point this morning as the VA introduced new protocols with the coronavirus in mind. Under the plan, VA staff is questioning those entering the federal grounds about their health, whether they’ve traveled […]