Spring Break news

Get ready: Spring Break crowds, traffic coming up

It’s that time of year again: Spring Break, when tens of thousands of college-age visitors descend on Biloxi for a weekend of fun. And cruisin’ along U.S. 90, primarily in the area of the Coast Coliseum. This year, judging from online traffic, Spring Break is scheduled to take place April 12-14, with visitors arriving as […]

Spring Break: Numbers down all around

Police and city leaders are pleased with the effectiveness of the city’s Spring Break traffic plan, but at the same time early indications are that Spring Break 2018 had half of the 70,000 visitors of last year and a quarter of the 125,000 visitors expected this year. In fact, the occupancy rate was lower than […]

Spring Break weekend has arrived

Spring Break weekend is here and tens of thousands of visitors are expected in town cruising in cars and on foot along west beach for events in and around the Mississippi Coast Coliseum and Convention Center. Police, who had originally planned to limit traffic on U.S. 90 to two lanes beginning at noon today, say […]

Weather could be a factor this weekend

The National Weather Service is predicting a 100 percent chance of rain on Saturday, with a “slight to enhanced risk” of severe thunderstorms associated with a slow-moving cold front and squall line. The result could be damaging wind gusts, tornadoes, heavy rainfall with localized flooding and frequent lightning. Forecasters also say there’s a 20 percent chance […]

Traffic cones in place; plan is in the offing

Biloxi Public Works crews began positioning traffic cones between left and right lanes on U.S. 90 today, signaling the implementation of the Spring Break traffic plan, which reserves the left lane for emergency vehicles. Although the cones are in place now, police don’t expect to prohibit public use of the left lane until Friday morning […]

City Desk: The last Spring Break preview

Police Major Chris DeBack, public information officer in the Biloxi Police Department, drops by this week’s City Desk podcast for last-minute thoughts and advice regarding the Spring Break traffic plan. The podcast was recorded this morning at City Hall, about 24 hours before the traffic plan was expected to be implemented.  Listen to the program […]

City reminds vendors, property owners to obtain permits

The number of city-approved vendors who plan to locate on private property along U.S. 90 this weekend for Spring Break is now approaching three dozen, prompting the city to remind promoters and property owners that permits must be secured for food and retail vendors. Police continue to expect as many as 100,000 to 125,000 visitors […]

Keesler closing main gate to avoid U.S. 90 traffic

Keesler Air Force Base has announced that its main gate, at White Avenue, is closing Thursday at 6 p.m. and will remain closed until Monday at 5 a.m. because of expected Spring Break traffic on U.S. 90. The Keesler Visitors Center, which is at the White Avenue gate, will move operations to the Meadows Road […]

C Spire increases network capacity ahead of Spring Break

C Spire, the company that provides the city’s wireless service, is deploying additional capacity to its mobile communications network this week to help handle the anticipated increase in demand for voice and data cell service. The city had requested the additional service – which will include increased capacity at area cell towers and the deployment […]

Spring Break vendors renting front beach properties

Over the years, two “park-n-play” lots, heavily promoted on social media for months as “Spring Break headquarters,” have been the focal point of Spring Break activities near the Coast Coliseum, which has its own array of activities under the banner of “Black Beach Weekend.” The Coast Coliseum has thousands of parking spaces that will be […]

City Desk podcast: The in’s and out’s of the traffic plan

Police Chief John Miller discusses the Spring Break traffic plan in a “City Desk” podcast was recorded on April 5. Also in the program: Fire Chief Joe Boney discusses the city’s new fire boat.  To listen, click here.

Spring Break: A gathering of the first responders

As many as 120,000 visitors could be in town for Spring Break next weekend, according to Biloxi Police Chief John Miller, who this morning briefed first responders from communities surrounding Biloxi about the city’s Spring Break traffic plan and how it could impact their respective roadways. Miller opened the hour-long meeting by announcing that social […]

Word spreading on Spring Break traffic plan

Copies of the Spring Break traffic plan are being delivered to hoteliers throughout Biloxi this week, and notice of the plan is being mailed to every resident and business in Biloxi next week. It’s all part of the plan to make the public and visitors aware of Spring Break 2018, scheduled for April 13-15, when […]

Q&A: Spring break and the traffic plan

Biloxi residents, motorists, businesses and public safety workers are preparing for more visitors – police say as many as 125,000 – and heavy traffic April 13-15 in connection with an influx of visitors.  Here are frequently asked questions and answers about the event and steps the city takes to keep traffic moving: Who puts on […]

Sign up now for city’s new real-time advisory service

With tens of thousands of motorists expected in town next month for Spring Break, the city today is launching B-Alert, a new easy-to-use service that will offer real-time traffic advisories and other information. The new service can use text messaging, email or voice messages to landlines to relay emergency information or advisories pinpointed by location […]