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Stay firesmart when decorating for the holidays

Christmas trees are a holiday tradition for many, a tradition that is often accompanied by holiday decorations. The Biloxi Fire Department is asking residents to keep fire safety in mind while choosing a tree and decorating. “Although Christmas tree fires are not common, when they do occur, they are more likely to be serious,” said […]

Be safe when cooking this Thanksgiving

Family gatherings are often associated with lots of cooking. It can also mean more fires. Thanksgiving is the leading day of the year for home fires involving cooking equipment. So the Biloxi Fire Department is asking residents to keep an eye on what they cook this Thanksgiving. “Cooking safety is essential to prevent accidents,” Biloxi […]

Lighting up the holiday season

Biloxi officially kicks off the Christmas season with the Lighting of the Lighthouse on Thursday, Nov. 30 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. The public is invited to join Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich and his wife, Serena, as they flip the switch and turn on the holiday lights. The ceremony will take place at the Lighthouse, […]

Biloxi A to Z: Cooking safety, other holiday reminders

Biloxi A to Z: Thanksgiving is next Thursday, Nov. 23, and this week’s video features reminders to help keep the holiday safe and joyous. The Biloxi Fire Department advises residents to be cautious and mindful when cooking in the kitchen and when decorating with holiday lights. Waste Management and Pelican Waste will not run on […]

Working together to Feed the Needy

The Biloxi Police Department, along with Harrison County public safety agencies and donors, are working together to once again host “Feed the Needy,” a program to deliver Thanksgiving Day meals to the homes of the less fortunate. Meals – which will be delivered – must be requested by 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 22. Those […]

Biloxi A to Z: Biloxi Cooks!, Breakfast, and more

Biloxi A to Z: This week’s video features November “Biloxi Cooks!” from Salt & Ivy at the Beau Rivage, photos from the Biloxi Chamber Breakfast with the Mayor event, the Biloxi Visitors Center Christmas shirt and ornament, pickleball courts on Howard Avenue, and the Christmas City gift show. This week’s video also includes a look […]

Mayor discusses Popp’s Ferry, development at chamber gathering

Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich addressed a Biloxi Chamber audience this morning during the last Breakfast with the Mayor event of 2023. During the breakfast at the Edgewater Mall, Mayor Gilich spoke on future projects and praised continuous development in the city. Gilich opened his presentation in the food court with one of his top priorities, […]

Biloxi A to Z: November BNews, community market, and more

Biloxi A to Z: This week’s video features the November issue of BNews Monthly which has just arrived in Biloxi mailboxes. The 24-page issue includes funding information on the future Popp’s Ferry Causeway and Popp’s Ferry bridge projects, a look at the city’s water tank maintenance plan, and reminders for duck hunters – it is […]

Biloxi A to Z: Special events, I-110, Halloween, and more

This week’s video includes details on the special events ordinances that were approved at City Council on Tuesday, and a reminder about the I-110 closure on Oct. 29. Also, hear about the National Take Back event and Festival Against Crime taking place on Saturday from Biloxi Police Capt. Thomas Goldsworthy. Find out what Halloween events […]

Special events ordinances move forward

This week, the Biloxi City Council approved three special events ordinances pertaining to parades, rental of municipal facilities, and mobile food vending that occur with small and large events in Biloxi. After a lengthy discussion, and the thrice tabling of the ordinances, the special events ordinances were passed. The rental of municipal facilities ordinance is […]

Biloxi Police host family-friendly festival

Dozens of people are expected to gather for the Biloxi Community Festival Against Crime on Saturday at Point Cadet Plaza, 121 Cadet St. The Biloxi Police Department will offer home and personal safety tips during a free festival from 2 to 6 p.m. This popular festival allows the public to get a close-up look at […]

Dispose of expired, unwanted prescription drugs on Saturday

It’s that time of year again when the Biloxi Police Department teams up with the Drug Enforcement Administration to offer the public a chance to safely dispose of unused, unwanted, or expired prescription drugs, which often become sources of abuse. The two agencies will offer another free drug take-back session at the Lopez-Quave Public Safety […]

Biloxi A to Z: Fire prevention, Popp’s Ferry, Halloween, and more

Biloxi A to Z: This week’s video features cooking safety tips from the Biloxi Fire Department during fire prevention month, the future northbound and southbound evening closure of I-110, funding for the Popp’s Ferry Bridge draw project, Halloween on Howard, Haunted Firehouse 13, a fall muster, a fish fry fundraising event, Bus Stop at the […]

Horrors! It’s a haunted firehouse

The Biloxi Fire Museum has been transformed into a haunted house that’s dead on. No kidding. “Join us if you dare for a Halloween scare,” screams the new poster advertising the Haunted House No. 13, formerly known as West End Hose Co. No. 3, which will be operated by a skeleton staff from 6 to […]

Biloxi A to Z: Popp’s Ferry Causeway pier, and more

Biloxi A to Z: This week’s video features the Popp’s Ferry Causeway loop pier. The pier was damaged in 2020 by Tropical Storm Cristobal and Hurricane Zeta.  Earlier this week, the secretary of state’s office announced $500,000 in tidelands funds for the demolition and repair of the pier. The video also includes a brief look […]

Biloxi A to Z: Cruisin’ The Coast edition

Biloxi A to Z: Biloxi Police Chief John Miller appears on this week’s video to talk about Cruisin’ The Coast and give advice to visitors and spectators partaking in the event. The video also includes a look at the weekend weather, weekend events, and footage from the Biloxi Block Party that took place in downtown […]

Heavy traffic expected this weekend for Cruisin’

Cruisin’ The Coast 2023, America’s Largest Block Party, is rolling along Coast roadways and an increase in traffic is expected in town this weekend. Biloxi Police are reminding everyone to be patient, expect heavy traffic, and plan ahead. “You are going to see traffic start to really back up on Friday and expect to see […]

The lineup of Halloween events in Biloxi

Here is the list of Halloween events taking place in Biloxi throughout the month. Saturday, Oct. 14 – 65th Annual Nativity BVM School Halloween Carnival, 1-8 p.m., 1046 Beach Blvd. Event includes games, a presentation, and a costume contest. Details: Saturday, Oct. 21- Halloween on Howard, 5-6:30 p.m. Howard Avenue. Vehicles enter Howard Avenue […]

City assets go online for auction

City assets go online today as the city hosts its first online auction. The auction is being conducted through GovDeals, an online marketplace that provides services to government, educational, and related entities for the sale of surplus items to the public. The auction opened this morning and will run for fourteen days. “This is the […]

Biloxi A to Z: Main Street crossing, Cruisin’, and more

Biloxi A to Z: Today’s video features details on the Main Street railroad crossing work and shows the roadway that is now open to traffic, and details reminders for I-110 southbound traffic. Today’s video also includes information on the Crusin’ the Coast Downtown Biloxi Block Party taking place on Wednesday from 8 a.m. to 3 […]

Biloxi A to Z: I-110 closure, benefit events, and more

Biloxi A to Z: Biloxi Police Capt. Thomas Goldsworthy appears on this week’s video to talk about a raffle benefit, a bingo benefit, and future community events of the Biloxi Police Department. Also in today’s video: a look at the trailer and underside of I-110 after a fire that has caused the shutdown of the […]

Storage trailer fire causes I-110 lane closures

A storage trailer fire under I-110 has resulted in the closure of the southbound lanes south of Bayview Avenue. The Biloxi Fire Department responded to a fire under the overpass on Tuesday evening. Within 30 minutes, the fire of a City of Biloxi storage trailer was extinguished. However, the intense heat caused significant damage to […]

Biloxi A to Z: Staying in the know, City Council, and more

This week’s Biloxi A to Z video includes information on how you can stay in the know on road work, road closures, traffic issues, and more. The video also includes a call to artists from Biloxi Visitors Center staffer Erica Pustay, a weekend preview of events happening in Biloxi, a look at the weather forecast, […]

Visitors Center seeking artist for its Christmas shirt

The staff at the Biloxi Visitors Center is asking the community to get involved and submit a design for the 2023 Biloxi Visitors Center Christmas shirt art contest. “In the past, the center has made our own Christmas shirts,” said Erica Pustay of the Biloxi Visitors Center. “This year, we are asking local artists to […]

Upgrades underway at A.J. Holloway Sports Complex

Some much-needed improvements are taking place at the A.J. Holloway Sports Complex. Visitors to the 68-acre complex located at 765 Wells Drive can see contractors clearing areas to make way for more parking. But that is only one part of the massive 270-day project. Contractors with J.E. Talley Construction, Inc. have been awarded the $5.16 […]

Biloxi A to Z: BTV, sports complex, seafood festival, and more

The lineup includes the Biloxi Sports Hall of Fame induction ceremony that took place on Aug. 27, a new episode of “Biloxi Cooks!” with Capt. Jason Gable at Fire Station 10, and updates from the Biloxi Shuckers season and on the infrastructure work. The video also features information on the work taking place at the […]

Special events ordinances on the table

The Biloxi City Council held a special called meeting or workshop Tuesday afternoon to discuss the proposed special events ordinances. During the workshop, proposed ordinances were discussed relating to special events that are held in the city that affect public safety. The ordinances cover parades, mobile food vendors, recreational vehicle parks, special events, and the […]

Biloxi A to Z: September BNews, park and pier reopening, and more

Biloxi A to Z: This week’s video features the September issue of BNews Monthly. The 24-page issue includes an update on the improvements set for the A. J. Holloway Sports Complex, a reminder on the golf cart rules and regulations in Biloxi, and a status report on the city youth sports. It also features a […]

Biloxi landmark illuminates in gold

In recognition of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, the City of Biloxi is lighting the lighthouse in gold for the month of September. There will be a lighting ceremony on Thursday at 8 p.m. across from the Biloxi Visitors Center, 1050 Beach Blvd., at the base of the historic Biloxi lighthouse. Worldwide, 300,000 children are diagnosed […]

Biloxi A to Z: Dog park closure, Ohr, and a call to artists

Biloxi A to Z: Includes information on the temporary close of the Dog Park on Popp’s Ferry Road, the timeline for the road work taking place in front of the Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art, and a call to artists for design submissions for the Biloxi Visitors Center Christmas shirts. Today’s video also includes the weekend […]

Biloxi A to Z: East Biloxi road work, community center, and more

Biloxi A to Z: Today’s video features an update on road work east of Oak Street and a look at the plans for a new East Biloxi Community. Crews with Necaise Brothers Construction have begun preparing roads east of Oak Street and north of Beach Boulevard for the final layer of asphalt. The new pavement […]

City’s sale tax collections continue to be record-breaking

For several months now, 28 to be exact, Biloxi has seen record sale tax collections, with July being a record-breaking month. The numbers were reported earlier this week showing more than $1.4 million in sales tax collections in July, making it the highest reported monthly sales tax revenue in decades, possibly even in the history […]

Biloxi A to Z: Sports, closures, and more

Biloxi A to Z: The latest on the sports fields at the Popp’s Ferry Recreational Area, sports registrations, Biloxi Natatorium closures for swim meets, a preview of weekend events, a look at the weather forecast, and tranquility with some pelicans.  Facebook: See today’s videoYouTube: See today’s videoAugust BNews MonthlyAugust Community Calendar News & notes: Weekly […]

Sports fields close for maintenance

The daytime or international fields at the Popp’s Ferry Recreational Area will close Monday, Aug. 7 while the Biloxi Parks & Recreation Department crews conduct field maintenance.   The closure of the fields, located north of the pickleball fields, will remain in effect for about a month. This means all the fields at Popp’s Ferry […]

Biloxi A to Z: BTV, tennis courts, weekend weather, and more

Crews began tearing down the tennis courts at Hiller Park this week. Today’s Biloxi A to Z report takes a look at the removal of the courts and addresses the department’s future plans for the site. Today’s video also features a preview of the August BTV lineup, recordings of the Biloxi City Council meetings, a […]

Camille, “Biloxi Cooks!”, highlight BTV in August

August is the anniversary month of Camille and Katrina, and this month on BTV the public is reminded to stay prepared with replays of “Camille: The original monster storm”. The city’s municipal TV channel, BTV, is airing Mississippi filmmaker Rex Jones’s hour-long documentary of the storm that ranks as the second-most intense hurricane to strike […]

Biloxi A to Z: Heat safety tips and more

Biloxi A to Z: Nick Dubuission, Fire Deputy Chief of Training, appears on this week’s video to share tips for staying cool and safe in the excessive heat. This week’s video also includes a look at the August BNews monthly which arrives in all Biloxi mailboxes early next week, information on a football and cheerleading […]

Biloxi A to Z: Breakfast with the Mayor, Main Street crossing, and more

Biloxi A to Z: Today’s video features a recap of the Breakfast with the Mayor event. Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich addressed a sold-out chamber audience Wednesday morning and briefly discussed the status of city projects such as the Popp’s Ferry Road extension, Saenger Theatre, A.J. Holloway Sports Complex, sand beach renourishment, pickle ball restrooms off […]

Biloxi A to Z: Citizen’s Police Academy, downtown parking, and more

Update: MGM Park parking garage is not yet open to the public but should open for the next homestand. Headlining today’s video is the Biloxi Police Citizen’s Academy and public parking at the MGM Park parking garage. The Biloxi Police Department is now accepting applications for its third annual Citizen’s Police Academy and those interested […]

Forrest, Porter piers closed; renovations underway

Two Back Bay piers, Forrest and Porter Avenue, have closed and are being rebuilt. Crews with J.E. Borries, a firm that specializes in marine construction, begin work on the Forrest Avenue pier last week. “The Forrest Avenue Pier has not been renovated in over twenty years,” Port Manager Larry Sablich said. “The entire structure was […]

Biloxi finds new home for aging fire trucks

The Greenville Fire Department was in Biloxi recently to take delivery of two aging Biloxi Fire trucks. Biloxi Asst. Chief Jason Davis met with firefighters of the Greenville Fire Department last week to hand off the keys and to do a walk around before they hit the highway to their new home. Greenville Fire Department, […]

Biloxi A to Z: Deer Island fire, school registration, and more

Biloxi A to Z: Today’s video includes a recap of the fireworks fire on Deer Island, a list of registration dates for Biloxi Public Schools, a Biloxi Soccer League call for members and volunteers, and where to see more about Biloxi City Council. This week’s video also includes the weekend forecast, a list of weekend […]

Biloxi A to Z: Fireworks, Woolmarket Road, and more

Biloxi A to Z: In this week’s video, Biloxi Asst. Fire Chief Jason Earl Davis talks about fireworks and heat safety while celebrating the Fourth of July. Also in today’s video: Woolmarket Road closure, non-emergency municipal office holiday closures, Coast Transit Authority Fourth of July schedule, weekend weather and events, and an aerial view of […]

Biloxi fireworks: Know before you go

There will be two big ways to commemorate America’s Independence in Biloxi this year, and while celebrating, the public is asked to keep safety in mind. On Monday, July 3, the Biloxi Shuckers host an Independence Day Patriotic Fireworks Extravaganza at MGM Park, 105 Caillavet St., after the Shuckers vs. Mississippi Braves game. Then, on […]

Municipal leaders in town for MML conference

Leaders from across the state, about 2,500, are in town this week for the annual summer meeting of the Mississippi Municipal League. Delegates, guests, vendors, and family members in town to attend the three-day conference for training, leadership development, and fellowship taking place at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum and Convention Center today through Wednesday. Speakers […]

Biloxi A to Z: Scrapin, City, Council, and more

Biloxi A to Z: Today’s video features Captain Grandver Everett, events coordinator for the Biloxi Police Department. Capt. Everett discusses the Scrapin the Coast event this weekend, traffic, and pedestrian safety. Also in today’s report: the weekend weather forecast, weekend happenings, and a birds eye view of a Biloxi historic signature landmark.Facebook: See this week’s […]

Biloxi A to Z: Swimming, celebrating, and more

Biloxi A to Z: Today’s video features Jamie Lee, assistant director with the Biloxi Parks & Recreation. Lee discusses the Splashing the Coast swim meet, Biloxi Natatorium amenities, and Juneteenth celebrations. Lee also gives an update on the Popp’s Ferry Recreational Area soccer fields. Also in today’s report: the weekend weather forecast, Biloxi Bombers All-Star […]

Annual Juneteenth celebration takes place this weekend

The City of Biloxi will join the Movers and Shakers Social Club in hosting the annual Juneteenth celebration set to take place this weekend. The Juneteenth Weekend Celebration, which is free and open to all ages, begins on Friday with a 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament at the John Henry Beck Park basketball court, 671 […]

Biloxi A to Z: Billfish Tournament, Least Terns, and more

Biloxi A to Z: Today’s video features a bird’s eye view of a Least Tern colony on Biloxi Beach. Also included are details on a city job fair set to take place next week, upcoming Popp’s Ferry Bridge maintenance work, the weekend forecast and weekend events, and the Billfish Classic parade of boats and weigh-in […]

Biloxi A to Z: Storm prep, Saints weekend, and more

Biloxi A to Z: Storm preparations headline this week’s video. Also in this week’s video: June BNews Monthly, the Storm and Flood issue; R U Ready, the 2023 hurricane preparedness outreach video; city job openings and job fair; city council events ordinance workshop; Saints Hall of Fame weekend, First Friday, and other weekend happenings; weekend […]

R U Ready: Hurricane prep on BTV, BNews this month

Hurricane season begins today and runs through Nov. 30, and a host of disaster preparation and response authorities offer how-to advice in the new edition of “R U Ready?” on BTV, the city’s municipal TV channel. The nearly 20-minute program, which airs at 8 a.m., 2 p.m., and 8 p.m. on BTV, is designed to […]

Biloxi A to Z: Boating, MGM, Post Office, and more

Biloxi A to Z: This week’s report includes a look at the newest public boat launch in Biloxi, the transfer of naming rights at MGM Park, and an upcoming Main Street post office dedication in honor of Fallen Officer Robert McKeithen. Also in the report: a flood insurance reminder, Memorial Day municipal office closures, Blessing […]

Nominations open for Sports Hall of Fame

The Biloxi Parks & Recreation Department is looking for its newest Sports Hall of Fame members, but time is running out. If you know a retired athlete that contributed to the betterment of athletics in Biloxi or a coach or individual who has played a supporting role for more than a decade, complete an application […]

Biloxi A to Z: BTV, Fallen Officer Ceremony, West Oaklawn Road

May BTV lineup, upcoming Fallen Officer Ceremony, and closures on West Oaklawn Road headline today’s Biloxi A to Z video. On BTV, the May programming is running and includes a new episode of Shuckers Insider with Javik Blake, the voice of the Biloxi Shuckers, as well as the latest Infrastructure report and Keesler Update. On […]

Preservation in May celebrates Biloxi’s history

Preservation in May continues this Thursday and each Thursday in May. After a three-year hiatus, the City of Biloxi and Preserve Biloxi Committee has resumed its highly successful and award-winning Preservation in May program. This year’s program celebrates Biloxi’s history and diverse culture.  The program began on May 4 with a sneak peek at the […]

Biloxi A to Z: What you need to know about the air show

The Thunder Over the Sound air show takes place this weekend and those attending can get details in today’s A to Z report. Keesler gates will open at 9 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Activities will include a STEM expo, static displays, and various aerobatic performances featuring the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds. The main performance […]

Biloxi A to Z: Swetman House, spring break, and more

The City of Biloxi is taking bids from those interested in purchasing the Swetman House and is holding a viewing this weekend, details in today’s A to Z report. The nearly century-old home located at 1596 Glenn Swetman St., was deeded to the City of Biloxi in the late 1990s by the Swetman family. The […]

Spring Break: traffic and other issues

Spring breakers saturated roadways and businesses throughout the weekend to enjoy what the coast has to offer.  But a number of incidents across the city from Woolmarket to Point Cadet have caused concern regarding the 2023 event. “This is an event that has been thrust upon Biloxi for a couple of decades now”  Mayor Andrew […]

Biloxi A to Z: Spring break, traffic plan, and more

Biloxi A to Z: Spring Break and the traffic plan headlines this week’s video. Also, in this week’s Biloxi A to Z report: Thunder Over the Sound press conference, Main Street and Holley Street railroad crossing work, a Popp’s Ferry Recreation Sports Complex field closure reminder, the weekend forecast, weekend events, and a moment of […]

Upcoming road, rail crossing closures, and more

A section of Popp’s Ferry Road will see intermittent lane closure beginning next week and work will soon begin on the Main Street railroad crossing, details in today’s A to Z report. Beginning Monday, April 10, crews will begin installing fiber optic cable along Popp’s Ferry Road from North Country Club lane to Sunkist Country […]

Biloxi A to Z: April BNews, and more

Biloxi A to Z: Today’s video features the April BNews Monthly which includes a list of the annual accomplishments of city departments, details on the Thunder Over the Sound air show, the Biloxi Shuckers April schedule and promotions, the spring break traffic plan, Popp’s Ferry Recreational facility field closures, water and sewer work in Woolmarket, […]

Three new trucks join Biloxi Fire fleet

The Biloxi Fire Department’s fleet is going and advancing. The department has received three new fire trucks that were custom-built with Biloxi Firefighters in mind. The new trucks, a $1.725 million investment funded by the city, arrived Wednesday morning after extensive research, planning, and 12 months of production. “Shortly after Chief Davis and I were […]

Biloxi A to Z: Road work, celebrations, and more

Biloxi A to Z: Today’s video includes reminders about infrastructure road and lane closures, and a road reopening. Also in the report: recognition for Disability Awareness Month and World Down Syndrome Day, Southern Coastal Federal Credit Union’s 50th-anniversary celebration and new location ribbon cutting, Eagle Point Park ribbon cutting, weekend events and weather, and a […]

Sports Hall of Fame nominations now open

Do you know a retired athlete that contributed to the betterment of athletics in Biloxi or a coach or individual who has played a supporting role for more than a decade? The City of Biloxi is asking you to nominate those individuals for the Biloxi Sports Hall of Fame. The city’s Parks & Recreation Department […]

Biloxi A to Z: State of the City, donations, and more

Biloxi A to Z: Today’s report includes a look at the annual State of the City address, March of the Mayors tuna donations, council meetings, weekend weather, and weekend happenings. Also in today’s report is a look back at the Hibernia Marching Society St. Patrick’s Day parade.Facebook: See today’s videoYouTube: See today’s videoYouTube: See the […]

Biloxi is looking for lifeguards

The city’s Parks and Recreation Department will conduct a lifeguard class, beginning this week with a pretest, to certify individuals who want to work either this summer or throughout the year as a lifeguard. Interested individuals must be at least 15 years old and must complete a pretest at the Biloxi Natatorium, 1384 Father Ryan Ave., […]

Biloxi A to Z: Closures, St. Patrick’s Day, and more

This week’s Biloxi A to Z report includes a look at the March BTV programing, this month’s episode of “A Few Moments With Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich. Also in this week’s report: road closures Grande View Drive at U.S. 90, Maison D’Orleans Drive; road work on Beverin Road and Shriners Blvd.; MGCCC neighborhood meeting regarding […]

Downtown Biloxi goes green this weekend

St. Patrick’s Day festivities take place in Biloxi on Saturday, March 11 with a run, a grilling competition, and a parade. On Saturday, the streets in Downtown Biloxi will be filled with Irish-spirited shenanigans beginning with the annual Hibernia Marching Society St. Patrick’s Day 5K and 1-mile Health run and walk. Late registration will take […]

Popp’s Ferry fields close for lighting work

Replacement of light poles and electrical panels in the works at Popp’s Ferry Recreational Complex causing closures to many of the fields.   Vandalism to the electrical panels as well as the poor condition of the lighting poles at most of the fields has caused the Biloxi Parks & Recreation Department to close the fields […]

Biloxi A to Z: Mardi Gras clean up

Today’s Biloxi A to Z takes a look at the Mardi Gras clean-up in downtown. Also in today’s video: the Amtrak familiarization tours, council meeting details, the weekend preview and weather, and a walk aboard the Harvey Gamage Schooner.Facebook: See today’s videoYouTube: See today’s videoSee the February Community CalendarSee the February BNews Monthly News & […]

Gilich has surgery, now resting in hospital

On Tuesday, Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich successfully underwent a heart valve procedure at the DeBakey Heart & Vascular Center and is going through post-op therapies today at Houston Methodist Hospital. The mayor and Serena wish to express their gratitude to everyone for the many good wishes and prayers. They expect to return to Biloxi on […]

Children’s Mardi Gras event rescheduled for Lundi Gras

On Monday, youngsters dressed in themed costumes and accompanied by decorated floats will get a second chance to celebrate Mardi Gras, minus the parade, during the Biloxi Family Mardi Gras Celebration. The event, being held on Lundi Gras, the Monday before Mardi Gras, will take place under the I-110 overpass at the corner of Howard […]

Gilich to undergo elective surgery

Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich is scheduled to undergo an elective heart valve procedure at the DeBakey Heart & Vascular Center at Houston Methodist Hospital on Tuesday, Feb. 14. Dr. Bassam Baroudi has been the Mayor’s cardiologist for almost ten years. “I’m pleased Mayor Gilich is having this procedure now because he is in excellent health,” […]

Biloxi A to Z: BTV, the Pinta, and more           

This week’s Biloxi A to Z report includes an overview of the February BTV programming, including this month’s episode of “A few moments with” which showcases Biloxi Police Chief John Miller and the Biloxi Police Department. The nearly twenty-five-minute program takes a look at the evolution of the Biloxi Police Department and the challenges in […]

Biloxi A to Z: BNews, Rouses, and more

Biloxi A to Z: Today’s video features the February BNews Monthly which includes maps of the Mardi Gras parades in Biloxi, a Shuckers preview, the latest on the Bonnet Carre Spillway, bicycle routes throughout the city, oyster shell projects over the years, the February’s BTV programming schedule, Stormwater facts, infrastructure maps, random notes, Back in […]

Mardi Gras 2023: Parade routes and more

Children’s Mardi Gras Walking Parade, Feb. 11, 10 a.m., Downtown. Open to ages 12 and younger. Parade travels from under the I-110 on Howard and ends a Biloxi City Hall, 140 Lameuse St. Late registration and costume and float sign up the day of the event from 9 to 9:45 a.m. at the parade start. […]

Rouses to open store in Biloxi

Rouses Markets has announced plans to open its first store in Biloxi. Rouses CEO Donny Rouse said that the company has agreed to lease space at 2348 Pass Road at the corner of Popp’s Ferry Road. The former Winn-Dixie location, 60,000 square feet of space, will undergo a comprehensive remodel, both interior and façade. “I […]

Biloxi A to Z: Road closures, lighting, and more

This week’s Biloxi A to Z report includes details on the latest infrastructure work taking place near the Ohr O’Keefe Museum of Art, the road closures, and detour routes. Also, lighting work taking place at Pennzoil McManus Park, Biloxi Children’s Walking Parade application deadline, Mardi Gras shirts for sale at the Visitors Center, a weekend […]

Children’s Mardi Gras parade rolls Feb. 11

The City of Biloxi, Biloxi Mardi Gras Museum, and Gulf Coast Carnival Association invite children ages 12 and younger to be a part of the Biloxi Children’s Mardi Gras Walking Parade, which takes place Saturday, Feb. 11 at 10 a.m. Participants may walk, bike, skate, or be pushed or pulled in strollers and wagons. No […]

Biloxi A to Z: Heavier sand on the beach, spillway victory, and more

This week, crews began adding heavier sand to the beach between Oak Street and the Small Craft Harbor. Get an aerial view in the week’s Biloxi A to Z report. The report also includes the Bonnet Carre Spillway Federal Court order, the reopening of Beauvoir Road, Mississippi Senior Games registration details, city council meeting links, […]

Bonnet Carre Spillway victory handed down by Federal Court

The Federal Court has ordered the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to consult the National Marine Fisheries about the Bonnet Carre Spillway.   A new Federal Court decision is a victory for Coast governments, fisheries and tourism industries who united in 2019 as the Mississippi Sound Coalition to restore and protect the Sound from poisoning […]

Biloxi A to Z: BTV, Beauvoir Road, and more

Biloxi A to Z: The latest on the infrastructure work at Beauvoir Road, the January BTV programming, a quick look at development throughout the city, a weekend preview, the weather forecast for the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, and Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich and a baby grand at Ground Zero.Facebook: See the videoYouTube: See the […]

Biloxi A to Z: January BNews Monthly, Twelfth Night, and more

This week’s Biloxi A to Z report includes a look at the January issue of BNews Monthly, the Twelfth Night gathering that signaled the beginning of Carnival season in Biloxi, community market vendors, Tuesday night’s city council meeting, weekend events, and the weekend weather forecast.Facebook: See today’s videoYouTube: See today’s videoJanuary Community CalendarJanuary BNews Monthly

Twelfth Night celebration to usher in Carnival season

The Mardi Gras season officially begins tonight with the celebration of Twelfth Night beginning at 5 p.m. at the Biloxi Visitors Center, followed by a parade to Biloxi City Hall. At 5 p.m., the public is invited to the Biloxi Visitors Center, 1050 Beach Blvd., to usher in Carnival with the reigning royal courts of […]

Biloxi A to Z: Cold weather safety tips and more

This week’s Biloxi A to Z report includes a look at the cold weather forecast throughout the weekend, cold weather shelter locations and hours, Christmas Tree and cold weather safety tips from the Biloxi Fire Department, Christmas Tree recycling, holiday hours for city offices, the Biloxi Visitors Center, and the Edgewater Mall, and a look […]

Hard freeze warning begins tonight

Weather forecasters are predicting freezing temperatures and high wind gusts tonight and throughout the weekend. The bitter cold, which is prompting a Hard Freeze Warning and Wind Chill Advisory, may produce breezy temperatures with lows in the teens and highs in the upper thirties to the lower forties. Tonight, temperatures are forecast to be in […]

Boil water notice lifted for the Biloxi peninsula

The Mississippi State Department of Health has lifted the boil water notice that it put into effect for areas south of the bay. At 4:30 p.m. today, the State Department of Health notified the City of Biloxi that the water testing has shown the drinking water is safe and Biloxi customers south of the bay, […]

Woolmarket Road bridge to close Tuesday morning

Beginning at 9 a.m., the Woolmarket Road bridge will close for two weeks while emergency repairs are made. Contractors will Ryals Construction will replace sections of the bridge’s timber piles with steel piles. During the work, motorists will be directed to take one of two detour routes: Shriners Boulevard to I-10, then to Cedar Lake […]

No E. coli, boil water notice in effect

A boil water notice remains in effect for Biloxi while testing continues. Follow-up test shows no traces of the E. coli bacteria. A test conducted last week at the Bradford Street well of a raw water sample, one before chemicals are added, showed the presence of E. coli and prompted the boil water alert by […]

Boil water notice issued for Biloxi, south of the bay

The Mississippi State Department of Health has issued a boil water notice for customers in Biloxi living south of the bay. Impacted areas are along the peninsula from Point Cadet to Debuys Road.  Areas north of the bay including Woolmarket and Cedar Lake are not affected. The alert, which is expected to last at least […]

Post office renaming in McKeithen’s honor moves forward

U.S. Senators Roger Wicker and Cindy Hyde-Smith announced today that the Senate unanimously passed the bill to rename the post office on Main Street for fallen Biloxi Officer Robert S. McKeithen. “This shows a great deal of respect for Robert and his family,” said Biloxi Police Chief John Miller. “Robert gave his life right here […]

A new series, Christmas parades play this month on BTV

Biloxi Television premieres a new series this month with the inaugural episode of “A few moments with…” featuring 103-year-old Irene Schwan. The sixteen-minute episode, which airs daily this month at 8 a.m., 2 p.m., and 8 p.m., was recorded in November from the Biloxi home of Irene. The 103-year-old, who turns 104 in January, has […]

Lighthouse lighting kicks off Christmas in Biloxi on Thursday

Christmas events officially begin in Biloxi on Thursday with the Lighting of the Biloxi Lighthouse at 5:30 p.m. The public is invited to gather at the Biloxi landmark, south of the Biloxi Visitors Center, 1050 Beach Blvd., and watch Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich turn the switch and light up the Biloxi Lighthouse in Christmas decorations. […]

Biloxi A to Z: Tullis, Thanksgiving cooking safety, and more

This week’s Biloxi A to Z report includes a look at the Tullis Gardens announcement made at the Biloxi City Council meeting on Tuesday, cooking safety tips from the Biloxi Fire Department, Black Friday holiday shopping safety reminders, holiday schedule changes, weekend weather and events, and a holiday waive from Santa Claus at the Edgewater […]

Sign up now for Christmas parades in Biloxi

Christmas is just around the corner, which, in Biloxi, means more reasons to parade. So now is the time to sign up to participate in some of the holiday precessions. Registration is open for children in kindergarten through fourth grade, to participate as a hay wagon rider in the annual Christmas on the Water Children’s […]

Tullis replica and luxury hotel in the works for East Biloxi

One of Biloxi’s most historic city-owned sites, the eight-acre waterfront venue where Tullis Manor once stood, could be revitalized with an upscale 200-room hotel, scenic gardens, and even a full-size replica of the historic manor. The Biloxi City Council this afternoon approved a one-year, $50,000 option where developers of Tullis Gardens would work on their […]

Mayor dishes out project updates over Breakfast

Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich had a plateful of topics for Breakfast with the Mayor this morning, from development updates to roadway work progress and project status reports. The mayor spoke for nearly 32 minutes, away from the podium, to a Biloxi Chamber audience at the IP Casino Resort and Spa. He opened his presentation with […]

Police taking orders for ‘Feed the Needy’

The Biloxi Police Department, along with Harrison County public safety agencies and donors, will again this year host the Thanksgiving Feed the Needy, a program to deliver hot Thanksgiving Day meals to the home of the less fortunate. Meals, which will be delivered, must be requested by 3 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 15. Those interested […]

City to hold auction on Saturday

Looking for a deal? Bargain hunters, this Saturday’s auction is for you. The city will hold an absolute auction – all items will be sold to the highest bidder regardless of price – beginning at 9 a.m. on Saturday at 1656 Popp’s Ferry Road, behind the Biloxi Fire Station 7. Those interested have a chance […]

Repairs, upgrades underway at the harbors

If you pass by or dock in the Commercial Docking Facility or the Point Cadet Marina, you may hear some noise going on. That’s because the facilities are getting some much-needed dressing up. Earlier this month, staff with the Port Division moved shrimp boats from the Commercial Dock to the Point Cadet Marina to open […]

Police, Fire seeking donations for Fort Myers relief trip

The Biloxi Police and Fire departments are collecting donations for victims of Hurricane Ian in Fort Myers, Florida. Donations of non-perishable food, bottled water, diapers, baby formula and food, and cleaning supplies are now being accepted at the Lopez-Quave Public Safety Center on Porter Avenue and all ten fire stations throughout the city. The donation […]

Safely dispose of drugs on Saturday at the PD

The Biloxi Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration are offering the public a chance to safely dispose of unused, unwanted, or expired prescription drugs, which often become sources of abuse. The two agencies will offer another free drug take-back session at the Lopez-Quave Public Safety Center on Porter Avenue, two blocks north of the […]

South portion of Beauvoir Road to close Nov. 1

Those who travel Beauvoir Road from U.S. 90 will soon have to adjust their route as the next phase of infrastructure is set to take place, closing the south portion of the roadway. Beginning November 1, Beauvoir Road, from U.S. 90 north to the Mississippi Coast Coliseum’s east gate, will be closed to through traffic […]

Halloween events dominate this week

Mark your calendar for a number of city-sponsored Halloween events scheduled to take place later this week in Biloxi. Here is the spooktacular event lineup. Thursday, Oct. 27: 8th Annual Halloween Spectacular,  9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Biloxi Civic Center 578 Howard Ave. The free event is open to ages 50 and older and is […]

John Grisham on what Biloxians should think of his new novel

Best-selling author John Grisham’s next novel, “The Boys from Biloxi,” is due out Tuesday, and if the man who wrote 47 consecutive No. 1 bestsellers had a message for the people of Biloxi about this new book, it would be this: “It’s a novel. It’s fiction,” Grisham told Bmail in a phone conversation over the […]

Cruisin’ Block party rolls into Biloxi on Wednesday

It’s Cruisin’ The Coast week and Wednesday the cruisers roll into Biloxi for the Downtown Block Party. Thousands of cars and car aficionados will line the downtown streets from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. as part of the 26th annual Cruisin’ The Coast event. Cars will be parked by police along Howard Avenue, Lameuse and […]

Citizens wanted for second police academy

Are you interested in learning how the Biloxi Police Department works with the community? Or, maybe you are thinking about becoming a police officer but are not sure what it all entails. Well, the Biloxi Police Department is looking for you to join the second annual Citizen’s Police Academy. The program, which begins Oct. 12, […]

Judge rules Aldrich owns Fisherman’s Wharf property, not the state

Today, Chancellor Jim Persons entered a Final Judgment that  John Bret Aldrich, not the State, owns the land south of U.S. 90 and west of Oak Street where the Fisherman’s Wharf Restaurant and later the Lady Luck Casino was located before Katrina on the Point Cadet waterfront in East Biloxi.  In the lawsuit, the Secretary […]

Biloxi A to Z: September BNews Monthly, BTV, and more

This week’s Biloxi A to Z report includes a look at the September BNews Monthly and BTV programming and gives details when you can catch the new episode of “Biloxi Cooks!” with Makin’ Groceries. This report also includes information on the infrastructure work taking place in West Biloxi, the latest COVID-19 case numbers, a weekend […]

Biloxi A to Z: Fundraisers, hurricane safety, and more

Biloxi Police Capt. Thomas Goldsworthy talks about two fundraisers supporting Hendrix Branning, the son of Biloxi and Long Beach police officers, on this week’s Biloxi A to Z report. This report also includes hurricane safety tips, a look at the newest Biloxi Sports Hall of Famers, the latest on COVID-19, a weekend preview, and a […]

Biloxi A to Z: Infrastructure, bicycle rental, and more

This week’s Biloxi A to Z report includes details on where the latest infrastructure work is taking place and how you can see the details. Also, repairs continue at the Biloxi Visitors Center, bicycle rentals are available at the Visitors Center, the latest COVID-19 cases, a weekend preview, and a very determined Blue Jay.Facebook: See […]

Biloxi A to Z: BNews Monthly, dog rescue, and more

Biloxi A to Z: This week’s Biloxi A to Z report includes a look at the August BNews Monthly, a reminder from school leaders and Biloxi Police when traveling in school zones, and photos from a tail-wagging rescue by the Biloxi Fire and Police departments. The report also includes the latest COVID-19 case numbers, where […]

Improvements underway at Hiller Park’s slipway

Boaters accessing the water at Hiller Park will soon see enhancements to the facility’s boat launch. This week, contractors with JE Talley began a 90-day project to upgrade the concrete boat launch. Currently, the removal of the concrete ramp and retaining wall is underway. Improvements include a new ramp, retaining wall, and two finger piers […]

Motorists: Be careful at school zones, bus stops

Public Schools in Biloxi began today for some grades and tomorrow for others. School leaders and Biloxi Police are asking motorists to be careful near school zones, especially during mornings and afternoons. Students attending kindergarten, 1st (Gorenflo only), 5th, 7th, and 9th grades begin this morning while all other grade levels and schools begin Thursday. […]

Today marks three decades of ‘dockside gaming’ in Biloxi

As improbable as it was that Mississippi would legalize gambling, there was one sure bet: Biloxi, with its colorful history and prime locale, would be a major player.  And today, Aug. 1, 2022 marks 30 years to the day when thousands lined up in the scorching, humid Biloxi weather for a chance to pull a […]

Mayor shares updates, challenges over breakfast

The last twenty months or so have been non-stop for the city and Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich explained and displayed that to a chamber audience on Wednesday at Hard Rock Casino in Biloxi. Gilich’s 26-minute presentation focused on dozens of projects that are taking place throughout the city. “It’s extraordinary and continues to be extraordinary,” […]

Looking for a Job? ‘We’re hiring’

The City of Biloxi is looking to fill a number of vacant positions and will be recruiting applicants during a city job fair on Wednesday and Saturday. The job fair will be from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. both days at the Biloxi Civic Center, 578 Howard Ave. Interested applicants will get a chance to […]

Biloxi A to Z: A book signing, a birthday party, and more

Biloxi’s most famous native, Fred Haise, has released an autobiography and will be at the Biloxi Visitors Center on July 27 for a luncheon and book signing. Today’s Biloxi A to Z report has the details on how you can take part in the event and meet Fred Haise. Also in today’s report: Biloxi Main […]

Nesting birds delay walkway completion

Biloxi Beach is the place to be…if you are a Least Tern. And, the small birds are nesting along the beach where construction is taking place on the seawall walkway project. Workers on the waterfront walkway, a 1-mile, 10-feet-wide project stretching from Oak Street to the Small Craft Harbor, are adjusting to the resurgence of […]

Biloxi A to Z: Fireworks safety, First Friday, and more

This week’s Biloxi A to Z report includes tips on how to safely use fireworks and info on where and when to watch two fireworks shows in Biloxi. Also, find out what’s happening tonight at First Friday. Get the latest on COVID-19, a weekend preview, and hear the National Anthem as sung by Ronny Broussard.Facebook: […]

New residential licensing laws are in effect

Residential contractors and roofers are now required to be licensed, according to a new state law. The new law, which went into effect this morning, now requires all construction managers, residential solar contractors, and subcontractors performing HVAC, electrical, plumbing, and mechanical work on any residential construction or improvement project to have a state-issued license.   […]

Biloxi fireworks: Know before you go

Biloxi’s Independence Day fireworks show, a huge extravaganza, will take place on the Fourth of July beginning at 9 p.m. This year’s display is scheduled to be 19-minutes long, set to patriotic music, and presented from a barge near Deer Island. The best viewing is from the Biloxi Lighthouse to the Biloxi Bay Bridge, and […]

Biloxi A to Z: Scrapin the Coast traffic plan

Scrapin the Coast returns to Biloxi this weekend, and in today’s A to Z report, Biloxi Police Major Michael Brumley shares what motorists need to know. Also, get the latest on COVID-19, see how you can watch the Biloxi City Council in action, and preview the weekend events. Facebook: See the videoYouTube: See the videoSee […]

Biloxi A to Z: Heat safety tips and more

Biloxi A to Z: This week’s report includes an update from the Biloxi Fire Department. Assistant Fire Chief Jason Davis shares tips for staying cool in the excessive heat. Also in today’s report: hear what Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich has to say about the Bayview Walkway, see some sights and sounds from the Biloxi Community […]

Save at the Pump with CTA’s Try Transit Day

If you are looking for ways to save at the pump, Coast Transit Authority is bringing back its Try Transit Day on Thursday. Rides will be free all day on CTA’s fleet of hybrid-electric buses, and the nostalgic trolleys including the Beachcomber and Casino Hopper. CTA staff will be at the Biloxi Transit Center, 820 […]

City seeking Sports Hall of Fame nominees

Do you know a retired athlete that contributed to the betterment of athletics in Biloxi or a coach or individual who has played a supporting role for more than a decade? The City of Biloxi is asking you to nominate those individuals for the Biloxi Sports Hall of Fame. The city’s Parks & Recreation Department […]

A to Z: City project updates and more

Biloxi A to Z: This week’s report includes a progress report on work at the Biloxi Visitors Center, Lighthouse pier, and Popp’s Ferry Bridge. The report also includes an introduction to a new face in the city’s Public Affairs Division, details on the Bayview Walkway ribbon-cutting, the latest on COVID-19, and the weekend preview.Facebook: See […]

Zeta repairs underway at Visitors Center

Work is underway to restore the Biloxi Visitors Center. Hurricane Zeta back in October 2020 caused nearly $1.06M in damages on the two-story structure at Porter Avenue and Highway 90. Exterior repairs include a complete roof replacement, new entrance doors and storm shutters, and a fresh coat of paint. On the interior, replacements to the […]

R U Ready for hurricane season?

Hurricane season is days old, and the City of Biloxi wants to know if you are prepared. To help residents plan, the city is airing its “R U Ready 2022?” program this month on BTV, the city’s municipal TV channel. Hear from a host of disaster preparation and response authorities in the latest edition of […]

A to Z: Railroad work and more

Biloxi A to Z: CSX crossing work headlines this week’s video. Also, some fresh finds at the Biloxi Community Market, a four-legged gathering at City Council, a weekend preview, a ceremonial first pitch, and more are all part of today’s Biloxi A to Z video.Facebook: See the videoYouTube: See the videoCOVID-19: By the numbersApril Community […]

Rail crossings to close for upgrades

The City of Biloxi has been notified that CSX will temporarily close 10 rail crossings Tuesday morning for as long as two days for maintenance. The work will be to replace railroad ties and repave asphalt at the crossings from Oak Street to Reynoir Street. During the work, crossings at Oak, Crawford, Holley, Keller, Lee, […]

A to Z: State of the City, downtown art, and more

This week’s Biloxi A to Z report includes information on when you can catch a replay of Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich’s latest State of the City address and the status of the crosswalk art mural project and the Back Bay walkway. This report also includes a recap of why this week’s city council meeting was […]

A to Z: Spring break, traffic plan and more

Biloxi A to Z: Spring Break and the traffic plan headlines this week’s video. Also, baseball at the sports complex and MGM Park, Easter egg hunts, summer camp registration, and a heartfelt thank you from the city’s public affairs manager on the cusp of his retirement.Facebook: See today’s videoYouTube: See today’s videoCOVID-19: By the numbersCommunity […]

Biloxi A to Z: All the news that fits, no foolin’

The headlines, literally, in today’s 10-minute report: Traffic cones coming up next weekend on 90, a look at our most accident-prone intersections, Hollywood has its way with Biloxi, a First Friday preview, a breath of fresh air in the fire department, and some bloomin’ video.Facebook: See today’s videoYouTube: See today’s videoCOVID-19: By the numbersCommunity CalendarCity […]

AHRC meeting postponed until April 14

The Architectural and Historic Review Commission meeting scheduled for Thursday has been pushed back to April 14 to allow architects time to tweak plans for two beachfront hotels. In fact, says Community Development Director Jerry Creel, architects are working to incorporate additional historic features into the designs. The proposals, which would be on Beach Boulevard […]

More downtown living in the offing

Work is underway at the former Wells Fargo location downtown to transform the two-story building at Reynoir and Howard into residential units, The Bella. To date, the city has issued only a demolition permit, which allows developers to begin refurbishment. The work is one of the segments covered in this week’s A to Z video. […]

A to Z: St. Patrick’s, Popp’s Ferry and more

St. Patrick’s Day, Grillin’, and Popp’s Ferry bridge top this week’s Biloxi A to Z report. In fact, it’s a detailed look at some of the big issues and big events in Biloxi this week, with an eye to the weekend. On Saturday, downtown Biloxi will be filled with green in celebration of St. Patrick’s […]

Gilich: A toll bridge too far

Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich has notified United Bridge Partners that there’s inadequate support in Biloxi for a new Popp’s Ferry bridge to include a toll, and that instead the city would focus efforts on replacing the bridge’s 40-year-old span. The mayor, in a letter sent this week to the Denver firm, said the city appreciates […]

A to Z: Rides down memory lane and more

This week’s Biloxi A to Z report includes a tribute to a Grand Lady of Biloxi, Gwen Hand Gollotte, there’s an update on the trying week on the I-110 and Popp’s Ferry bridges, college baseball is back at MGM Park next week, and today is First Friday. The report also includes the latest on COVID-19, […]

Fred flies high this month on BTV

Fred Haise had his day in Biloxi with the dedication of a nine-foot statue in his likeness, and videographer August Taconi captures all of the moments in a new special presentation airing this month on BTV. You can see the 50-minute presentation daily at 8 a.m., 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. on BTV: Biloxi Television. […]

It’s all over except for the cleanup

City crews today were picking up the pieces left behind by a Mardi Gras throng that police say numbered as many as 80,000 paradegoers. A team of Public Works laborers this morning began picking up the 2,200 barricades, hundreds of traffic cones, and tons of broken beads and other trash that littered the 2.8-mile route […]

Gulf Coast Carnival rolls Tuesday at 1

“Come early and plan to stay late,” Biloxi Police Chief John Miller advises those attending the Gulf Coast Carnival Association parade on Fat Tuesday in downtown Biloxi. “Traffic is going to be thick and slow-moving,” Miller said, “and if you park along the parade route, know that you’ll have to hang around a while after […]

A to Z: Mardi Gras and more

Biloxi A to Z: Police Chief John Miller has tips for a safe Mardi Gras and he identifies the absolute worst place to stand for a Biloxi parade. Also, Reba and the weekend preview, the latest on COVID-19, how you can watch the City Council in action, and a big fish on Biloxi’s longest pier. […]

Your guide to the parades and traffic

City crews continue to prepare for the upcoming Mardi Gras festivities happening this weekend, all leading up to the big day, Fat Tuesday. The most-telling signs of approaching parades, of course, are the barricades along downtown streets. This week, Public Works crews installed 2,200 barricades, 12,000 feet of rope and 500 rope poles, 300 traffic […]

Finally! Meet Fred on Sunday

Biloxi honors its most-famous native, astronaut Fred Haise, with the public dedication of an eight-foot statue south of the Biloxi Lighthouse Sunday afternoon at 1:13. The storied Apollo 13 astronaut, who turned 88 in November, will join Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich and sculptor Mary Ott Tremmel Davidson in unveiling the bronze likeness of a smiling […]

A to Z: Going downtown, to the moon and more

Biloxi A to Z: The latest on Ground Zero and other downtown development, your preview to the Battle of the Bands and other weekend affairs, thumbs up to a waterfront project on Back Bay, and doing the Moonwalk with Fred Haise. But there’s more.Facebook: See the videoYouTube: See the videoCOVID-19: By the numbers News & […]

See debut of Haise story Tuesday on BTV

A documentary that tells the story of a new Biloxi landmark being unveiled this month, the Fred Haise statue, makes its debut Tuesday on BTV, and the pace of work is picking up down at the site south of the Biloxi Lighthouse. Videographer August Taconi, who has chronicled the Fred Haise statue progress from Day […]

A to Z: The latest on All Things Biloxi

This week’s Biloxi A to Z report, a 10-minute compendium, has the inside story on sales and gaming taxes in Biloxi, your weekend preview and forecast, the latest on COVID, scheduling news from Amtrak and the City Council, and a visit to the soccer fields at A.J. Holloway Sports Complex.Facebook: See the videoYouTube: See the […]

Biloxi police seek donations for fire victims

The Biloxi Police Department is asking for donations for victims of a massive wildfire that destroyed a thousand Colorado homes and businesses days after Christmas. “Biloxi is no stranger to natural disasters and catastrophes,” said Biloxi Police Capt. Louis Moran. “The one common thread that helped hold our community together in the wake of disasters […]

Biloxi sees record-breaking sales-tax collections

“All the trends are in the right direction: Up,” says Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich after reviewing the record-sales tax collections in Biloxi for Calendar Year 2021. The city’s Community Development Department, which oversees construction, land-use and zoning, reported that Biloxi saw a record $13.8 million in sales tax collections from January to December 2021, with […]

State of City, MLK events postponed

Two upcoming city events of note have been postponed because of the spike in COVID-19 numbers. Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich announced Friday that the State of the City luncheon organized by the Biloxi Bay Chamber of Commerce has been postponed from Tuesday, Jan. 18 to Tuesday, April 19 at the Beau Rivage Resort & Casino. […]

Funeral for decorated police chaplain is today

Traffic on Popp’s Ferry Road may be delayed this afternoon for the funeral procession of longtime Police Chaplain Robert Burriss. Burris, a former Biloxi police investigator and chaplain, died last week after battling cancer. Visitation will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the First Baptist Church of Biloxi on Popp’s Ferry Road […]

A to Z: COVID, cooperation and a top cop

This week’s Biloxi A to Z video, published moments ago, has the latest on what the fifth wave of COVID means, an update on the city’s desire to build on the cooperative effort that has produced the U.S. 90-median upgrade and West Beach boardwalk, a Biloxi Police initiative to help tornado-ravaged Kentucky communities, and a […]

Cold-weather shelters to open Sunday

Harrison County, in anticipation of a freeze Sunday night, has announced that two cold-weather shelters will open on Sunday: – D’Iberville: Kenny Fournier Multipurpose Center, 10395 Automall Parkway, will open at 4:30 p.m.  – Gulfport: St. Peters By-the-Sea Episcopal Church, 1909 15th St., will open at 4 p.m. For more information, contact the Salvation Army […]

Biloxi A to Z: Piers, paving and parading

Four piers have reopened on Back Bay, and there’s a lineup of Christmas parades showing three time a day on BTV. This week, the city re-opened four Back Bay piers – Forrest Avenue T-pier the Ice Wharf, Porter Avenue North and Oak Street North – that had been damaged by Hurricane Zeta, and repairs are […]

Replays of parades begin tonight on BTV

BTV: Biloxi Television has a wealth of new programming this evening from 8 to 9, including replays of Children’s Christmas parade and Christmas on the Water parade, two events that took place over the weekend. The Children’s Christmas parade, an 11-minute program, begins at 8 p.m., followed by the Christmas on the Water parade, a […]

Christmas events, Popp’s Ferry and more

In Today’s Biloxi A to Z: A sneak peek at Christmas on the Water and your weekend preview. Also, a look at what it’s come to on the Popp’s Ferry bridge, a Public Works crew on an uplifting job, a before and after on U.S. 90, the latest on COVID-19 cases, and a few peaceful […]

Biloxi ushers in Christmas events Thursday at Lighthouse

Christmas events in Biloxi officially begin Thursday evening with the Lighting of the Biloxi Lighthouse. The public is invited to gather at the city’s signature landmark, south of the Biloxi Visitors Center, 1050 Beach Blvd., at 5:30 p.m. Those attending will be treated to hot chocolate and then at 6 p.m., Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich […]

Here’s the 2021 Christmas lineup

Thursday, Dec. 2, 5:30 p.m.: Lighting of the Biloxi Lighthouse Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich and Santa will turn on the Lighthouse Christmas lights at the Biloxi Lighthouse, just south of the Biloxi Visitors Center, 1050 Beach Blvd. Refreshments served. Free admission. Details: 228-374-3105 Dec. 2, 7, 10 & 14, 7-9 p.m.: Winter Magic at BHS […]

Think fire safety this Thanksgiving

Thursday is Thanksgiving Day, which means family gatherings and lots of cooking. It can also mean more fires. In fact, the National Fire Prevention Association says cooking is the leading cause of home fires, and that Thanksgiving is the peak day for home cooking fires.   This Thanksgiving, the Biloxi Fire Department wants to remind […]

Police seeking citizens for new academy

The Biloxi Police Department is now accepting applications for its inaugural Citizen’s Police Academy.   The program, which begins Jan. 4, is designed to give citizens insight into how the Biloxi Police Department serves the community. “The CPA program will help to build a stronger bond between the police officers and the department’s personnel with […]

Police getting ready to ‘Feed the Needy’

The Biloxi Police Department, along with Harrison County public safety agencies and donors, again this year will host the “Feed the Needy,” a program to deliver hot Thanksgiving Day meals to the homes of the less fortunate. Meals – which will be delivered – must be requested by 9 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 15. Those […]

Biloxi A to Z: Big weekend; what’s up with 90?

Nice weather will be the backdrop for big happenings this weekend, and there’s an overview on the ongoing landscaping work taking place along U.S. 90 in today’s Biloxi A to Z report. This evening, the New Orleans-based Bucktown All Stars, with cameos by “FoFo” Gilich, will headline Main Street’s First Friday block party in downtown […]

BTV launches November lineup

“Sometimes we’re accused of having a fondness for history here in Biloxi, especially on BTV,” William Sackett intones on BTV this month. “We’re guilty as charged. We love our colorful history and we share it here regularly to educate, to inspire, to entertain.” Sackett’s voiceover introduces this month’s special presentation on BTV, yet another offering […]

City Council to eye new ward lines

The public tonight gets its first look at the newly proposed ward lines in Biloxi, which will be added to the agenda tonight and will take effect in the next municipal elections, in 2025. The ward lines are expected to be added to the agenda for the City Council meeting at 6 this evening. The […]

Biloxi draws a sign in the sand

Motorists on Irish Hill Drive may notice a half-dozen new signs declaring “No Littering/$450 fine.” The two-sided red-and-white signs are primarily near the CSX railway in the areas between Iberville Drive and Veterans Avenue. The city’s sign shop erected the signs last week at the direction of Mayor “FoFo” Gilich. “It takes five people to […]

Ida assistance center open through Nov. 20

The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency, with the assistance of the Harrison County Board of Supervisors, has opened an Assistance Center to help citizens with SBA and FEMA claims for damages from Hurricane Ida. The center, which is open through Nov. 20, is in the Harrison County Annex Building, 9229 U.S. 49, Gulfport. Hours are weekdays, […]

Biloxi chosen as state’s regional site for 2021 Veterans Parade

The Mississippi Gulf Coast Veterans Parade, which rolls Saturday in downtown Biloxi, has been recognized as a National Veterans Day Regional Site for the 14th year in a row by the Department of Veterans Affairs. There were 33 sites across the country that were chosen by the DVA’s Veterans Day National Committee, and Biloxi was […]

Biloxi A to Z: Project updates, trash, and more

In Today’s Biloxi A to Z: How to make sure your trash is picked up and what to do if it’s not. Community theater is back, with two productions this weekend. You’ll get an update on the robust construction activity, hear Halloween safety tips, see bootlegged video of Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich.and, of course, the […]

Keep safety in mind this Halloween

Halloween is Sunday night, and Biloxi public safety leaders are advising those families who are not participating in organized gatherings to make safety a priority when trick-or-treating in city neighborhoods. The city offers these tips:When trick-or-treating: — A parent or responsible adult should always accompany young children on their neighborhood rounds. — Use a flashlight to […]

Talking trash: What you need to know

The city’s Clean Sweep initiative is done, but the work continues on citywide clean-up efforts. In fact, this month’s Biloxi newsletter, BNews, offers a refresher course for residents: what will be picked up, when it will be picked up, and how residents can make help it happen. Additionally there’s a reminder on policies involving trash […]

Biloxi A to Z: Halloween, lane closures and more

Two outdoor Halloween-inspired events take place Saturday in downtown Biloxi, and there’s good news for motorists on U.S. 90 in today’s A to Z report. The Biloxi Parks & Recreation Department and Biloxi Main Street host Halloween on Howard, a drive-thru trick or treating event, on Saturday from 5 to 6:30 p.m., and Navy Federal […]

Cemetery tour revives at 5 this evening

The 15th Annual Old Biloxi Cemetery Tour takes its final bow this evening, with performances beginning at 5 and continuing until 7.  Sunday’s first run of the annual event saw brisk weather with about 750 touring the cemetery to see period-garbed local history buffs portraying some of Biloxi’s most colorful characters to life. “Feedback from […]

The numbers: Cruisin’, gamin’, debris and more

Today’s Biloxi A to Z video has the final numbers: Cruisin’ The Coast registered cars and how they drive hotel occupancy; a record-breaking, billion-dollar year for gaming in Biloxi; the debris tally and more from Operation Clean Sweep; and new COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations are on the decline, according to the state health department. You […]

Clean Sweep ends; regular operations resume

The citywide debris removal operation known as Operation Clean Sweep has come to an end and debris removal throughout the city has returned to normal operations. After a two and a half week push to remove excess yard and storm debris thought out the city, debris or yard waste removal has resumed normal operations by […]

Walk with the living dead tonight

By Laurie Rosetti You’re never alone, even during what you think are your weakest moments. You have thousands of years of powerful ancestors within you, the blood of the divine great ones in you, supreme intellect and royalty in you. Infinite strength is always on tap for you. It is with this knowledge the Old […]

No surprise, Biloxi set gaming record in FY ’21

The city’s Fiscal Year numbers are in, and Biloxi casinos, with $100 million months in April and July, have posted a record-breaking year, with $1.02 billion in gross gaming revenue. Gross-gaming revenue is the amount of money that casinos pay taxes on. Biloxi’s eight casinos generated $1.02 billion in FY 2021, which runs from Oct. […]

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 […]

Court gives green light to Veterans Avenue pier

A second court has rebuffed the position of Mississippi Secretary State Michael Watson, who had sued Biloxi and Harrison County over plans to construct a handicapped accessible public pier in West Biloxi. Harrison County Chancery Court Judge Jennifer Schloegel, in a ruling filed Monday, said the city and county are within their rights to construct […]

Clean Sweep continues next week

The citywide operation to assist in the removal of yard debris will continue for one more week. Monday through Friday of next week, the city will, for a second week, deploy two large self-loading trucks and trailers to pick up debris. The trucks will travel areas in West Biloxi, North Biloxi, and Woolmarket that have […]

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 […]

Enhancements underway near Lighthouse

Contractors are working towards a November deadline to complete the expansion of the public parking lot south of the Biloxi Lighthouse. The project, part of Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich’s vision to revamp the area for the Fred Haise monument, will see more than one hundred new public parking spaces and a flag pole. The expansion […]

The inside story on Biloxi, A to Z

The headlines from today’s Biloxi A to Z report: – Get your stuff to the curb by Monday morning for Operation Clean Sweep, part of a citywide clean-up effort. – Court agrees with city and county on a huge new handicapped-accessible public pier at Veterans Avenue. – Weekend preview: Glorious weather for musical marching at […]

Do your part for ‘Operation Clean Sweep’

Biloxi will stage “Operation Clean Sweep” next week, and residents and business owners are being asked to do their part: Bring your yard debris, limbs and bagged leaves, to the curb for pickup. The city will deploy two additional large self-loading trucks and trailers, similar to those used after Hurricane Zeta, in a weeklong effort […]

Pelican running a day behind. Thank Ida

Garbage and recycling pick up will be on schedule this week, but the Harrison County Utility Authority reports that the trash pick up of limbs and other yard waste will be running a day behind because of increased volume. The utility authority says Pelican Waste and Debris, the contractor whose blue trucks pick up limbs, […]

Court has mixed ruling on spillway issue

Biloxi and other local governments can proceed with claims that opening Bonnet Carré harms fisheries habitats, but a federal court in Gulfport says it has no authority to compel a new Environmental Impact Statement to determine damages from the openings. “Without doubt, there have been recent, more frequent openings of the Bonnet Carré Spillway,” wrote […]

Shrimply the best weekend

A crowd of seafood consumers will gather at the Biloxi Town Green this weekend for the 40th annual Biloxi Seafood Festival. The two-day festival, which is expected to draw a crowd of anywhere from 20,000 to 50,000, will take place from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on […]

A to Z: Seafood, U.S. 90, Popp’s Ferry and more

Today’s A to Z video includes your weekend preview, a move to clean up high-profile areas in the weeks before Cruisin’ the Coast and thereafter, the latest on COVID-19, talk of a toll bridge, and a heads up on a few fee increases that you might not notice. Facebook: See today’s reportYouTube: See today’s reportCOVID-19: […]

Biloxi shows a decade of growth

Biloxi picked up nearly 5,400 residents in the past decade, a 12 percent increase, and more new residents than any other city on the Coast, according to numbers from Census 2020. The city had 49,449 residents on Census Day, April 1, 2020, up from the 44,054 residents in the 2010 census. The latest numbers, which […]

Biloxi A to Z and I: A recap and a preview

This week’s Biloxi A to Z has the latest on the Ida recovery, a message from Mayor Gilich, your weekend preview and more. Facebook: See today’s reportYouTube: See today’s reportCOVID-19: By the numbersSee the month’s BNews, with Community calendar

Biloxi supports two Ida relief efforts

Fire stations throughout the city will be accepting cleaning supplies and dry goods for Hurricane Ida victims in Independence, La. The fire stations will begin accepting items — but no clothing or money — Saturday at 8 a.m. Additionally, a team of volunteers from the Biloxi Fire Museum and Biloxi firefighters will be leaving Wednesday […]

Popp’s Ferry bridge, harbors open

The Popp’s Ferry bridge is now able to accommodate marine traffic, and Biloxi’s public harbors and marinas are now open to boaters who agree to sign a waiver upon return. “We’ve made initial inspections of the harbors and marinas,” said Port Division Manager Larry Sablich, “but for the time being those boaters who want to […]

Report any structural damage to city

Property damage from Hurricane Ida appears to be very limited after an initial windshield appraisal, says Community Development Director Jerry Creel, but businesses and residents are encouraged to report any structure damage caused by the storm. “We’re following through with our damage estimates, and we’re asking anyone with structure damage from the storm to call […]

Ida in its final rounds for us

“It was, to use one of Mayor Gilich’s boxing analogies, ‘a glancing blow,’” Chief Administrative Officer Mike Leonard said this afternoon of Hurricane Ida. “One of the things that happened was that as it came ashore in Louisiana, the storm took a slight jog to the east, which meant we picked up some winds. That’s […]

City suggests evacuation of low-lying areas

Those in low-lying areas who feel vulnerable from the threatening weather should evacuate to higher ground, with friends, family or even in a storm shelter, the city is advising.  “We’re asking people to be prudent and safe,” Biloxi Fire Chief Nick Geiser said this afternoon. “The forecast is for the storm to grow into a […]

Mayor: Be prepared, be safe

Biloxi Public Works crews were picking up 1,250 traffic-control barricades along U.S. 90 this morning, as workers throughout city departments took steps to prepare for Hurricane Ida, which is expected to make landfall as a Category 3 hurricane sometime Sunday. Emergency managers say Ida is forecast to move northwest into the Gulf of Mexico tonight […]

Cones, barricades to be picked on U.S. 90

The prospect of a hurricane being in the Gulf of Mexico this weekend is beginning to impact some functions. Police this afternoon announced that traffic cones will not be used this weekend as part of the city’s special-events traffic plan, and, because of the threat of inclement weather, the Public Works Department on Friday morning […]

Evacuation recommended at public marinas, harbors

The Biloxi Port Division today “highly recommended” to boat owners that they relocate their vessels from the city’s public harbors and marinas. “We are currently monitoring the weather,” the email said, “but although evacuation is not mandatory at this time, it is highly recommended that vessels be relocated well in advance to safer locations in […]

A to Z: Latest on COVID, issues du jour

Hear the latest on spiraling COVID-19 numbers, the proposed $70 million city budget, an update on Oak Street work, and a weekend preview in this week’s Biloxi’s A to Z report.Facebook: See today’s reportYouTube: See today’s reportCOVID-19: By the numbersCommunity calendar

Caillavet crossing, Porter to close temporarily

Two north-south thoroughfares, Caillavet Street and Porter Avenue, and the western end of Division Street will be closed beginning next week. CSX will close the Caillavet Street rail crossing from Tuesday until Friday to allow crews to upgrade the crossing. The 12,000 motorists who use the Caillavet crossing should detour to Reynoir Street, a block […]

BTV remembers Camille this evening

For years, the City of Biloxi would air the 1970s-era documentary “A Lady Called Camille” annually on Cable One to mark the anniversary of the storm and to help call attention to the dangers of storm and flooding. The city stopped airing the program in 2006, as a new city-commissioned documentary about Katrina took its […]

Fred moves eastward, toward panhandle

Tropical Storm Fred is expected to make landfall on the western Florida Panhandle sometime Monday afternoon or evening as a tropical storm, but Biloxi residents should know that some gusty winds and street flooding in low-lying areas could be possible. A Coastal Flood Advisory begins at 7 tonight and will continue through Monday. The official […]

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. […]

Oscar Renda files $79 million suit

Oscar Renda Contracting, the Texas firm that in 2014 was awarded the contract for the $116 million North Project, and at one point had dozens of East Biloxi streets reduced to dirt, has filed a $79 million lawsuit against the city, alleging, among other things, that the engineering documents and plans for the construction were […]

Biloxi casinos hit it big in July: $106 million

Biloxi’s eight casinos won $106 million in July, the second largest month since legalized gaming began in the city 29 years ago, in August 1992. The gross-gaming revenue figure, the amount of money after gaming wins are paid, is second only to $111.2 million reported in April, three months ago. The month marked the sixth […]

Budget talks resume this afternoon

Budget discussions will resume this afternoon, with Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich and councilmembers expected to review water and sewer revenue and expenses, and budgets for the Community Development and Parks & Recreation departments. The public gathering begins at 1:30 at City Hall and will be carried by the LIVE channel on the city website. The […]

Gilich on AMR: ‘We’ve got to figure out a solution’

Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich was at the Harrison County Board of Supervisors meeting Monday to hear a report from AMR, the ambulance company whose response times in Biloxi for July averaged 25 minutes and in some cases, there was no response to calls. AMR representatives, who are under exclusive contract with Harrison County to provide […]

A to Z: Fireworks, finances and First Friday

Biloxi A to Z video today has a weekend preview — First Friday, two fireworks shows and more — plus the latest on the city budget talks, a look at fire chiefs today and yesterday, school’s back with class (and masks), and an important update on COVID-19.Facebook: See today’s reportYouTube: See today’s reportCOVID-19: By the […]

City seeks ‘safe, friendly and beautiful’ budget

Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich’s “safe, friendly and beautiful” credo, fueled by millions in federal COVID-19 funding to replace lost revenue, was the backdrop more than once this week when the mayor and councilmembers reviewed nearly $4 million in additional spending in three key city departments: Police, Fire and Public Works. Biloxi could have 16 new […]

Council meeting to observe social distancing

Those attending meetings of the Biloxi City Council today will notice a return to social distancing. Two meetings are scheduled – a 4 p.m. budget workshop and a 6 p.m. regularly scheduled meeting – and Chief Administrative Officer Mike Leonard says that social-distancing measures will be in place in the audience and among meeting participants. […]

Drivers, be careful at schools zones, bus stops

Public schools in Biloxi have their first day of class Wednesday, and school leaders and Biloxi Police are asking motorists to be careful near school zones, especially during mornings and afternoons. Between 5,500 and 6,000 students are expected in Biloxi’s public schools on opening day. The Biloxi Public School District operates five elementary schools, an […]

Your ideas on getting around are needed

A group of concerned citizens has teamed with local organizations to help foster walkable and bikeable places throughout Harrison County and they need your help to identify the areas. Through the Harrison County Active Living Initiative, the public is invited online to submit locations and ideas for making a safer transit for pedestrians and bicyclists […]

Finances dominate meetings Tuesday

City finances will be front and center Tuesday, with Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich and the Biloxi City Council reviewing FY 2022 spending plans in an afternoon meeting before the evening meeting where the city formally acknowledges receiving $6.5 million in state and federal COVID-19-related programs. Chief Administrative Officer Mike Leonard said the proposed budgets for […]

Council, Camille, cooking highlight BTV in August

Katrina became the new gold standard, no doubt, when the storm made landfall Aug. 29, 2005, but Mississippi filmmaker Rex Jones wanted to make sure the original monster storm, Camille, got appropriate due in 2019, when the killer storm’s 50th anniversary rolled around. All this month, the anniversary months of Camille and Katrina, the city’s […]

Geiser in line to be Biloxi’s new fire chief

Nicholaus Geiser, a 17-year veteran of the Biloxi Fire Department who currently serves as Deputy Chief of Management, is Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich’s choice for chief of the department. The appointment, which must be approved by the majority of the Biloxi City Council, is on the council’s agenda for Tuesday. Geiser, if approved, will replace […]

Tax-free shopping is this weekend

What timing at Edgewater Mall, a new 75-ton sand sculpture saluting the military is now completed inside the mall, just in time for Mississippi’s tax-free shopping. During the tax-free period, which actually begins at 12:01 a.m. Friday and ends at midnight Saturday, shoppers will not pay sales tax on clothing, footwear or school supplies if […]

Largest convention now in town

Leaders from cities and towns across the state are in Biloxi this week for the annual Mississippi Municipal League conference, which typically attracts 2,500 guests and is said to be the Coast’s largest annual convention. The three-day conference, marking its 90th year, is being held at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum and Convnetion Center. Among the […]

Fireworks on council agenda today

Members of the Biloxi City Council today will consider making fireworks legal in Biloxi on the Fourth of July, New Year’s Eve and in association with the annual Tet celebration. The measure, which first appeared on a council agenda in December, is one of three dozen issues on the agenda for the City Council meeting […]

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 […]

Website gets faster, more responsive

With 28 gigabytes of content – photos, videos, podcasts, agendas and other documents, 6,000 posts in all – it’s an impressive archive, this city website, and now it’s operating at lightning speed, thanks to a new dedicated server. The site, at, had outgrown its previous server, which also housed several other websites that could […]

Boney rejected as fire chief; others OK’d

Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich has notified City Council President Paul Tisdale that Joe Boney will continue serving as fire chief until a new chief is in place. Gilich’s move comes after the Biloxi City Council on Tuesday overruled the mayor’s nomination of Boney. Under state statute, Gilich has 90 days to more forward with another […]

Two Biloxi parks to get Sparkling treatment

Two Biloxi parks will be getting new community gardens as part of the second annual nationwide Cheers to You Beautification Program sponsored by Talking Rain Beverage Co., the maker of Sparkling Ice beverages. The program will see the installation of community gardens at St. Mary’s Park and Savarro Park, and new playground equipment at St. […]

Mayor, council eye 2022 spending plan

The mayor and City Council, who launched their new terms earlier this month, have begun the process to craft a municipal budget for Fiscal Year 2022, which begins Oct. 1. A series of public work sessions will be held between now and September. Two budget meetings have taken place, a session where revenue projections were […]

CAO, department directors on hold

The Mayor and City Council launched their new four-year terms July 6, but the city’s chief administrative officer and department directors will have to wait until the council’s next meeting on July 20, to see if they are confirmed. Councilmembers, after a 40-minute closed session, voted unanimously to table the re-appointments of CAO Mike Leonard, […]

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: […]

Flixbus: A green way to travel in Biloxi

Beginning Thursday, visitors and residents will once again have an eco-friendly, inexpensive way to travel in and out of Biloxi. Flixbus, the bright green buses, will offer riders direct connections to Houston, New Orleans, Baton Rouge, Atlanta, Mobile, and Lake Charles as well as interconnections to cities such as Dallas, Austin, San Antonio, Miami and […]

Biloxi inauguration replays tonight

The full, 51-minute replay of the inauguration of the Mayor and City Council of Biloxi airs tonight at 7, 8 and 9 on BTV. Tune in to the city’s government channel on Sparklight channel 56 and AT&T Uverse channel 99 in Biloxi or on the city’s website at to watch Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich […]

Mayor, council take the oaths of office

Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich, in an emotional oath of office and inauguration speech, was sworn in for the third time as Biloxi’s mayor, and oaths also were administered to members of the Biloxi City Council during a ceremony today at the Biloxi Civic Center. “This is a very special moment for me,” Gilich said at […]

Inauguration ceremony is Tuesday at Civic Center

Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich and the current seven city council members will be sworn in on Tuesday at the Biloxi Civic Center for another four-year term. Doors to Civic Center open at 1:30 p.m. and the public ceremony will begin at 2 p.m. The ceremony will be replayed later on BTV: Biloxi Television. Gilich will […]

And now, a wheely big weekend

It’s going to be a busy weekend, with Scrapin, the rain-delayed Juneteenth, and Shuckers baseball. In this week’s Biloxi A to Z report, Capt. Brian Dykes of the Biloxi Police Department has the story on what you can expect this weekend on U.S. 90, there’s also news of the Biloxi Police and Fire departments, the […]

Traffic will be Scrapin by this weekend

U.S. 90 motorists on Friday morning will see traffic cones in the center lanes of the highway from I-110 to DeBuys Road signaling the big news for beachfront motorists: Scrapin the Coast 2021 has arrived. Public Works crews will begin placing the cones in the early morning hours, beginning at 3 a.m. Barricades also will […]

Popp’s Ferry bridge to close Thursday

The Popp’s Ferry bridge, the two-lane West Biloxi artery used by 20,000 motorists on an average day, will be closed to vehicles Thursday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for repairs. The closure will allow city contractors to make adjustments to the alignment of the bridge’s span so it will open and close without malfunction. […]

Margaritaville to mark five years in festive fashion

Margaritaville, the family-style resort on Point Cadet, celebrates five years of fun Wednesday with a day of specials and capped off with a fireworks show over the water in East Biloxi. Games on the “gaming floor” will be half price all day long, and at 5 p.m. the first hundred guests 21 or older will […]

Boney to lead fire chiefs from 10 states

As many as 400 fire chiefs from across the Southeast will be in Biloxi this week for the annual conference of the Southeastern Association of Fire Chiefs, and the group will make history, with Biloxi’s fire chief being named the first Mississippian to head the organization. Biloxi Fire Chief Joe Boney, who has served as […]

Claudette: A modest rainmaker she was

From the beginning it was billed as a storm that would be mainly a rainmaker with the inevitable street flooding in low-lying areas, and Biloxi’s brush with Tropical Storm Claudette has been just that. Biloxi Emergency Manager Nick Geiser this afternoon reports that 14.99 inches of rain has fallen in Biloxi in the past 24 […]

Get ready for a wet, windy weekend

Know how to prepare for a storm? For useful advice, click here. Winds are already beginning to gust with intermittent rain as Potential Tropical Cyclone 3, which could become Tropical Storm Claudette, churns in the Gulf. In fact, outer edges of the storm are expected around noon today. Winds could reach tropical storm force, which […]

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 […]

Judge clarifies Secretary of State’s power in Veterans pier case

If there was a line that jumped out at Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich in an ongoing Tidelands debate between local governments and the Mississippi Secretary of State, it was this one: “To stagnantly hold tidelands is not always in the public’s best interest, nor is it responsive to the public’s trust.” The line, quoting from […]

Mayor, City Council re-elected to new terms

Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich and all seven Biloxi councilmembers have been re-elected to another term. Mayor Gilich, along with Councilmembers Dixie Newman of Ward 3, Robert Deming III of Ward 4, Kenny Glavan of Ward 6 and Nathan Barrett of Ward 7 were all unopposed in today’s general election. According to unofficial results, in Ward […]

Biloxians cast ballots Tuesday

The months-long municipal election process, which began in January with would-be candidates announcing their plans to run for office, comes to a close Tuesday with residents casting ballots for mayor and City Council at 10 precincts citywide. Contested races are taking place in Wards 1, 2 and 5, but all candidates, regardless of whether they […]

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 […]

City accepting nominations for Sports Hall of Fame

Do you know a retired athlete that contributed to the betterment of athletics in Biloxi or a coach or individual who has played a supporting role for more than a decade? The City of Biloxi is asking you to nominate those individuals for the Biloxi Sports Hall of Fame. The city’s Parks & Recreation Department […]

Storm season is here. ‘R U Ready?’

Hurricane season begins today and runs through Nov. 30, and a host of disaster-preparation and response authorities offer how-to advice in the new edition of “R U Ready?” on BTV, the city’s municipal TV channel. The 45-minute program, which airs at 7:45 each morning and evening on BTV, is designed to provide a broad base […]

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

Council to consider legalizing fireworks

Members of the Biloxi City Council on Tuesday will consider making fireworks legal in Biloxi on the Fourth of July, New Year’s Eve and in association with the annual Tet celebration. Currently, the shooting of fireworks is illegal in Biloxi, although fireworks sales are permitted from mid-June to the Fourth of July and from Dec. […]

It’s a Blessed weekend

One of city’s most cherished traditions, the Blessing of the Fleet, takes place this weekend in East Biloxi. The weekend-long celebration, which dates back to the Old Country, is highlighted by the Sunday afternoon blessing of a brightly decorated shrimping fleet to ask for God’s blessing for a safe and bountiful season. Several dozen shrimp, […]

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 […]

Biloxi’s ‘secret’ has been discovered

By Andrew “FoFo” Gilich Mayor of Biloxi Biloxi’s casino industry shattered all gaming records for a single month in April 2021. Gross gaming revenue is net income on which casino’s pay taxes each month. Biloxi’s eight casinos generated $111 million in gross gaming revenue according to state records, eclipsing a $105 million record set in […]

Palazzo proposes McKeithen honor

Congressman Steven Palazzo (MS-4) has introduced a bill to designate the Biloxi’s downtown post office as the “Robert S. McKeithen Post Office Building.” The Biloxi police officer was gunned down outside the Lopez-Quave Public Safety Center on May 5, 2019. Officer McKeithen graduated from the University of Mississippi and went on to serve in the U.S. […]

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 […]

Shuckers begin home play Tuesday

The Biloxi Shuckers open the 2021 home schedule on Tuesday with a 6:35 p.m. game against the Mississippi Braves at MGM Park, and the Double A squad’s opener is going to be magnetic. Fans on opening night will receive a 2021 magnet schedule, presented by The Peoples Bank. It’s also the first postgame fireworks show […]

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: […]

Swimming lessons return at the Biloxi Natatorium

Living on or near the water means that knowing how to swim is vital, and with the ending of most COVID-19 mandates, the City of Biloxi is resuming swimming lessons, just in time for summer. The city’s Biloxi Parks & Recreation Department will begin registering for its summer swimming lessons at the Biloxi Natatorium, 1384 […]

Fallen Officers, police honored on fateful day

“We are challenged every day to make sense or put things together that just don’t make sense,” Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich said to audience of law enforcers, community leaders and others gathered outside the city’s public safety center during a somber Fallen Officers Ceremony that took place steps away from where Biloxi Police Officer Robert […]

More COVID-19 mandates eased in Biloxi

Masks are no longer required to be worn by the public and employees while in city facilities but Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich encourages those who feel more comfortable wearing a face mask to continue to do so. Gilich’s latest executive order, his twelfth since the coronavirus pandemic began in March 2020, follows actions by Gov. […]

Cotton States Baseball League expands to Coast

More baseball is coming to Biloxi, with the Cotton States League expanding to a Coastal Division and playing games in June and July. The Coastal Division league will be offering a chance for up to 150 collegiate players to play for six to eight teams, with games being played at MGM Park, Biloxi High School […]

National Day of Prayer is Thursday

Biloxi’s National Day of Prayer, which takes place Thursday on the front steps of City Hall, will honor the late Carleen Hall, longtime organizer of the annual ceremony in Biloxi. The public ceremony, which runs from noon to 1 p.m., marks the 70th Mississippi National Day of Prayer. A host of community leaders and clergy […]

Police to remember McKeithen, other fallen officers

The Biloxi Police Department this week will conduct its Fallen Officers Ceremony and will host a blood drive in memory of an officer ambushed and killed in the front parking lot of the public safety center two years ago. The Fallen Officers Ceremony takes place Wednesday at 10 a.m. at the Lopez-Quave Public Safety Center, […]

Biloxians frame Mississippi past on PBS

An award-winning documentary that sheds light on Mississippi Governor Barnett’s behind-the-scenes posturing surrounding the enrollment of James Meredith to the University of Mississippi in 1962, the resulting riots on the Ole Miss campus, and the unlikely appearance by former Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy on campus four years later gets a national airing on PBS […]

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 […]

Chamber audience has breakfast with the mayor

It had been a year and a half since the Biloxi Chamber had its Breakfast with the Mayor gathering, and when the COVID-safe event took place at the IP Casino Resort, Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich was wound up, leading the audience through more than two dozen city projects either completed or underway since the last […]

Biloxi High named best on Coast, second in state

Biloxi High School is the best high school in south Mississippi and No. 2 in the entire state, according to U.S. News & World Report. The annual ranking is based on six factors: college readiness, reading and math proficiency, reading and math performance, underserved student performance, college curriculum breadth and graduation rates.  The methodology for […]

Chambers plan Breakfast, State of the City luncheon

Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich will provide updates on city projects and programs this week and in May as Biloxi’s two chambers of commerce will resume public gatherings as COVID-19 mandates have eased. The Biloxi Chamber of Commerce has a Breakfast with the Mayor gathering Thursday at 8 a.m. at the IP Casino Resort in Biloxi, […]

May newsletter arrives this week

The May edition of BNews Monthly will be arriving in all homes and businesses in Biloxi Wednesday and Thursday, with stories about the upcoming city elections, the city’s plans for golf carts on neighborhood streets, a preview of the Biloxi Shuckers season, and the early line on the 2020 storm season. Back in the Day […]

Biloxi A to Z: Here’s what’s happening

Headlines from today’s Biloxi A to Z report: — Golf carts, not just yet. — Rain, it was a bunch, but work has resumed. Before and after images. — Drugs. The cops want ’em on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. — COVID 19. Still out there. Get vaccinated. No charts today. — They’ll […]

Police want your unused, expired drugs

The Biloxi Police Department, in conjunction with the Drug Enforcement Administration, will be accepting unused, expired and unwanted prescription medication during Take Back Day on Saturday at the Lopez-Quave Public Safety Center. The public can drop off potentially dangerous prescription medications at the Biloxi Police Department, 170 Porter Ave. between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., […]

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 […]

Fore! Golf carts soon to be rolling in Biloxi

The Biloxi City Council today voted to allow low-speed vehicles such as golf carts on Biloxi roadways that have a speed limit of 25 mph or less. The measure would take effect in 30 days, and operators would be required to register the vehicles with the city.      According to the new city ordinance, low-speed vehicles […]

Haise statue to land in Biloxi for birthday weekend

This week marks the 51st anniversary of Apollo 13’s launch, and the statue commemorating Biloxi native and Apollo 13 astronaut Fred Haise, which has faced challenges not unlike the space mission itself, is back on track toward a Nov. 13 dedication at its pedestal south of the Biloxi Lighthouse. A preliminary look at the statue […]

Biloxi A to Z: What drives the traffic plan

The ins and outs of the spring break traffic plan, the COVID-19 and vaccinations report and massive streets and drainage work on Shriners Boulevard and in East Biloxi top today’s Biloxi A to Z video report. Here, in broad, general terms are the “tipping points” of the spring break traffic plan, according to Capt. Brian […]

Cones will greet U.S. 90 drivers Friday morning

Motorists on U.S. 90 this week have been seeing metal barricades and orange traffic cones in medians of the beachfront highway, signaling the pending arrival of spring break. The gathering, loosely organized and sometimes promoted on social media as Black Spring Break, has attracted thousands to Biloxi this time each year, which means the city […]

Three incumbents win in primaries

Two city council seats have been decided tonight — with victories by Robert L. Deming in Ward 4 and Kenny Glavan in Ward 6 — according to unofficial returns from the Republican primary today. Neither of the incumbents face an opponent in the June 8 general election. A third incumbent, Councilmember Paul Tisdale, who was […]

Voting takes place Tuesday, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Biloxi voters will cast ballots in four wards in a Republican municipal primary election on Tuesday, and two seats, Wards 4 and 6, could be decided since the Republican nominees face no Democratic or Independent opposition in the June general election. Polling places will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. in Wards 1, […]

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 […]

Shriners Boulevard closure now set to begin April 6

Mother Nature and Father Time have pushed back the closure of Shriners Boulevard to April 6 at 8 a.m. The roadway was originally set to close on April 1 for drainage work but recent heavy rain impeded the completion of a temporary bypass road, which needs to be finished before contractors can close Shriners Boulevard. […]

A to Z report: Ring, ring, it’s the police

The Biloxi Police Department has joined the Ring Neighbors social media app, meaning the department has a new way to engage with residents. The Ring Neighbhood service will allow residents, if they choose, to share images of criminal or suspicious activity with the police department, Biloxi Police Capt. Brian Dykes says in today’s Biloxi A […]

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 […]

Shriners Boulevard to close for huge drainage improvements

The huge drainage project that has been taking place along Woolmarket Road will cross Shriners Boulevard in April, prompting 11,000 motorists a day to detour off the major roadway north of Interstate 10. The $1.4 million project, which has seen new drainage lines installed along Woolmarket Road to Old Highway 67, will see Shriners Boulevard […]

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 […]

Sparklight launches fund to support nonprofits

Sparklight and other Cable One companies have announced the launch of the company’s Charitable Giving Fund, which will annually award $200,000 in grants to 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations across the company’s 21-state footprint. “We are committed to connecting customers in the cities and towns we serve to what matters most,” said Julie Laulis, President and CEO. […]

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 […]

B-Alert moving to new address. Sign up now

The city’s B-Alert texting system, where more than 10,000 people currently receive traffic advisories from the city, is moving to a new address, and users of the free service must sign up by texting BILOXI to 99411 to continue to receive alerts. The new address will replace the city’s 888-777 number, which had been used […]

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 […]

New info, local color march forth in latest BNews

Five new developments in downtown Biloxi, the latest on the Biloxi Shuckers, changes coming to the Biloxi Water Department, and the names of the candidates in upcoming city elections are among the topics in the upcoming edition of the citywide newsletter. The March issue of BNews Monthly will be arriving in homes and businesses across […]

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 […]

Voters in four wards to cast ballots

It’s municipal election year in Biloxi, and four of the seven City Council seats are being contested in the upcoming April 6 party primaries. Republican and Democratic Executive committees today announced the qualified candidates to Biloxi Municipal Clerk Stacy Thacker. Incumbent Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich and Councilmembers Dixie Newman of Ward 3 and Nathan Barrett […]

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 […]

Take steps to prepare for hard freeze

 Biloxi Police Chief John Miller vividly recalls the time a few years ago when freezing conditions closed bridges into Biloxi.  “I was approaching the I-110 over Back Bay,” Miller said, “and even before I got to the incline, I could feel that I was losing a slight bit of traction, and at the other ramps, […]

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 […]

State of the City premieres at 8 p.m.

“2020 will be the year of COVID, but Biloxi will not be defined by a virus,” just as the community was not defined by any hurricane or other disaster, Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich declares in the annual State of the City presentation, which makes its online debut this evening at 8. The 26-minute presentation uses […]

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 […]

Build or mend your fences correctly

Good fences make good neighbors, someone once said, and the city wants to make sure any new fencing or repairs in the works are permitted and are built or repaired to code. The city’s Community Development Department is reminding those replacing or repairing fences to obtain a required permit from the city, which is free […]

BTV looks back at Nichols, OMS

The graduates of two Biloxi schools, one public and one private and both segregated, discuss their school days in Biloxi in the 1960s in a new program airing as a Black History Month salute on BTV this month. Videographer August Taconi says his latest production features interviews with a dozen former students of Nichols Public […]

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 […]

‘Biloxi Cooks!’ and ‘Gumbo’ now available online

BTV videographer Renny Sherman has wanted to do a cooking show for some time, and the program “Biloxi Cooks!”, which premiered on BTV Jan. 1, today became available on the city’s YouTube archive. The city’s YouTube page today also added another BTV exclusive: the premiere episode of “Storytime with Gumbo Kelly,” a collection of four […]

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 […]

MLK Celebration goes virtual this year

Beginning Wednesday, the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. will be honored through a number of virtual events during a week-long MLK Coastwide Celebration. “Inspire, motivate, and education is what the MLK Coastwide Committee has done for 36 years to honor Dr. King’s legacy and we will not stop now,” states the […]

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 […]

Gumbo Kelly has a story or two for you

By Wayne Duggan Most businesses around the world were forced to adapt their approach in 2020 because of the pandemic. For the Biloxi Public Library, social distancing meant no more Thursday morning storytelling sessions with children’s librarian Kelly Derouen. But instead of shutting down all together, the librarian the kids affectionately call “Gumbo Kelly” decided […]

How to apply for a low-interest Zeta loan

The U.S. Small Business Administration is now offering low-interest disaster loans to those impacted by Hurricane Zeta. Residents, homeowners, renters, businesses and private non-profit organizations in Harrison County can now apply online. Applicants must first register with FEMA at or by calling 800-621-3362. Then apply with SBA at or call 1-800-659-2955 to see […]

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 […]

Biloxi Fire Department named among nation’s best

For years, the Biloxi Fire Department has had the goal of improving its state fire rating, and with the addition of a fire training tower, two new stations and other improvements this year, the station has earned a Class 2 rating, putting it among the Top 2 percent of stations in the country. The state […]

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 […]

Debris haulers have big weekend

The city’s debris teams hauled away more than 14,000 cubic yards of debris over the weekend, primarily from such major thoroughfares as Lorraine and Popp’s Ferry roads and U.S. 90. The latest figures — along with a new map that allows residents to track which day debris was picked up — are among the news […]

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 […]

Christmas events get a virtual start in Biloxi

In Biloxi, the holiday season is usually marked with hundreds of children marching and gathering through downtown Biloxi in the annual Children’s Christmas parade and Christmas on the Town Green. This year, to help make the season festive yet safe, the City of Biloxi is presenting a virtual lighting event on Friday. Throughout the day […]

Q&A: Zeta debris removal

Here are answers to questions about the city’s Hurricane Zeta debris removal progress. Updated Dec. 11, 2020. When will the debris crews get to my street? As quickly as they can. Crews are working on a “first pass” around the entire city. The areas south of I-10 have been the focus of the contractor because […]

BTV gets festive, Biloxi-style

BTV: Biloxi Television, the city’s municipal TV channel, is offering a decidedly holiday flavor this month, with a lineup that looks back at the city’s festive celebrations. Highlighting programming in December, which debuted Tuesday, are replays of the Christmas on the Water boat parades from 2017 and 2018, the Woolmarket Christmas Parade from 2019, and […]

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: […]

Forrest paving may impact Keesler traffic Monday

From Walt Rode, the manager of the city’s infrastructure project: Warren Paving completed paving Graham Avenue today. Warren Paving is scheduled to begin surface asphalt on Forrest Avenue, which runs along the eastern side of Keesler, on Monday. The paving crews will do Grady Street first to allow Keesler traffic access to Meadows gate until […]

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 […]

Debris removal on verge of a milestone

Debris efforts are expected to pass 50,000 cubic yards this weekend, about a fourth of the debris estimated to be in neighborhoods across the city. The volume of debris hauling is picking up, thanks to a West Biloxi site that went into full operation Veterans Day. “That has allowed our contactor, Crowder-Gulf, to haul far […]

Still seeing red at intersections

Biloxi’s Public Works Department this morning assisted Gulfport in restoring traffic signals at Debuys and Pass roads, leaving only seven of Biloxi’s 64 signalized intersections still not fully functioning. Stephen Laiche, of the department’s maintenance division, reports that traffic signals are not working at these intersections: Eisenhower Drive at C.T. Switzer Road, Eisenhower at Rue […]

City continues short-term mitigation, debris removal

Debris teams continue hauling unbagged Hurricane Zeta debris from neighborhoods in all of Biloxi’s seven wards, says Biloxi Chief Administrative Officer Mike Leonard, and short-term mitigation is the order at Biloxi municipal facilities. In all, more than 32,000 cubic yards of debris had been hauled from neighborhoods as of Wednesday afternoon, seven days into the […]

Today’s report: Debris, traffic signals, parks and more

Debris teams have been on Biloxi streets for four days. Currently, they are focusing on neighborhoods in West Biloxi, where most of the downed tree limbs are located. More than 18,000 cubic yards of debris have been hauled away. That is nine percent of the estimated 200,000 cubic yards of debris throughout the city. Residents […]

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 […]

Where we are, eight days after Zeta

Teams of debris crews were throughout the city today, in neighborhoods using debris trailers with small cranes atop, or using old-fashioned elbow grease and rakes in city parks and other facilities. Removing fallen limbs and piles of unbagged leaves is now a focus for the city, along with wrapping up repairs on traffic signals, and […]

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 […]

The debris blitz begins Thursday morning

As many as a dozen storm-debris teams will be in neighborhoods across the city beginning Thursday at daybreak, and residents are reminded to please move their storm debris to the curb now. Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich has announced the plan which will involve storm-debris teams having eight designated starting points, one in each of the […]

Get your storm debris to the curb, Biloxi

By the middle of next week, the city will begin the process to remove the estimated 200,000 cubic yards of debris left in Zeta’s wake. However, now is your time to be hauling storm debris out to the curbside. City contractors cannot come onto private property. The city is asking you to haul debris to […]

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 […]

Mississippi Power: 95 percent restored by Monday

(From Mississippi Power)Mississippi Power expects power to be restored to 95 percent of customers impacted by Hurricane Zeta by midnight on Monday night About 31,000 customers restored as of 2 p.m. Friday The Mississippi Power Hurricane Zeta storm team has restored service to about 31,000 customers impacted by the powerful storm as of 2 p.m. […]

It’s safe to drink the water

Biloxi’s municipal water system has maintained adequate water pressure, provided continuous service and performed well during Hurricane Zeta and the aftermath, says Public Works Director Billy Ray Allen. “We made sure we had adequate supply in our city water tanks, and we’ve been able to meet the overall demand of our 15,000 customers,” Allen said. […]

Biloxi curfew begins at 8 tonight

Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich has announced the City of Biloxi will be under a curfew from 8 tonight until 6 in the morning. “We’re asking people to please stay off the roads unless you’re going to work or have a legitimate reason to be out,” Biloxi Police Chief John Miller said. “We have a significant […]

Contractors must have city license

Property owners are warned to beware of transient contractors who typically set up shop in the wake of disasters such as a hurricane. The City of Biloxi is home to many reputable, licensed building contractors who are qualified to make repairs. However, after a storm, a number of transient contractors set up temporary shop in […]

Please limit travel as crews remove debris

Residents are being asked to stay off city streets today as clean-up crews are using heavy equipment to remove downed tree limbs and other debris from roadways. Crews from the Biloxi Public Works Department are pushing downed tree limbs and other debris from major thoroughfares this morning while MDOT workers are clearing U.S. 90. “Please […]

Report your storm damage online

Harrison County Emergency Management is encouraging residents to use an online form to report damages caused by Hurricane Zeta. The online form will collect location address, a short description of damages, any photos, and basic contact information. For more information or assistance, contact Harrison County Emergency Management Agency at (228) 865-4002.See the easy-to-use online form

Non-emergency city offices to close

Non-emergency municipal offices and facilities in Biloxi will close at 1 p.m. today, Chief Administrative Officer Mike Leonard has announced. Non-emergency employees are expected to return to work Thursday at 10 a.m. Said Leonard this morning in an email for the city’s more than 600 employees: “Heavier wind and rain will probably start around 3 […]

Zeta expected to be stronger, faster

Hurricane Zeta, with sustained winds now up to 90 mph and gaining speed, is expected to make landfall in southeastern Louisiana this afternoon, moving close to Biloxi and the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Biloxi and the Mississippi Gulf Coast are under hurricane and storm surge warnings, and a flood warning is in place for the Biloxi […]

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 […]

City prepares for Zeta, the latest threat

The Biloxi City Council declared a State of Emergency today, empowering Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich to take any necessary action to prepare Biloxi for the expected high winds and storm surge from Tropical Storm Zeta. The state of emergency declared in Biloxi this afternoon grants the mayor broad authority in making emergency purchases and using […]

Mandatory evacuation ordered for harbors

Boats in Biloxi’s public harbors and marinas should be moved by 5 p.m. today to avoid the expected winds and storm surge from Tropical Storm Zeta, says Larry Sablich, who manages the city’s Port Division. “About half of the 300 or so boats have already relocated,” Sablich said, “and we’re looking to make sure we […]

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 […]

Zeta expected in Gulf Tuesday

Those with vessels in Biloxi’s harbors and marinas received a familiar message today: A tropical storm may be headed to the Gulf and we recommend that you move your vessel to a safer location. The city’s Port Division sent the email to boat owners today because Biloxi is in the cone of uncertainty for Tropical […]

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 […]

Drop off unwanted drugs Saturday at the police department

The Biloxi Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration are offering the public a chance to safely dispose of unused, unwanted or expired prescription drugs, which often become sources of abuse. On Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the public can visit the Lopez-Quave Public Safety Center on Porter Avenue to drop off the […]

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 […]

Cemetery tour goes virtual this year

By Laurie Rosetti Preserve Biloxi continues its annual exploration of the colorful warp and weft of Biloxi’s 321-year-old tapestry with “Family Legends and Lore 2.” The Old Biloxi Cemetery Tour, 2020 version, is a slightly-amended event this year. The actual graveside performances will be presented virtually to the public, on BTV, the city’s municipal TV […]

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 […]

The story of UMUSIC and why Biloxi and Mississippi are first

Here, from Robert Lavia, chairman of Dakia UVentures, is the story of UMUSIC Hotels and why Biloxi and Mississippi were chosen as the first out of the gate, with UMUSIC Broadwater Hotel. These are the remarks by Lavia during the announcement of the $1.2 billion, 266-acre resort development at the Broadwater site in West Biloxi. […]

See the UMUSIC Broadwater announcement

Representatives of UMUSIC Broadwater will be in Biloxi this afternoon to join Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves and Biloxi Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich for the formal announcement of plans for a $1.2 billion, 266-acre development at the Broadwater site in West Biloxi. You can see the 2 p.m. announcement in a City of Biloxi live stream. […]

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 […]

Biloxi to be site of $1.2 billion UMUSIC Broadwater Hotel

— Universal Music Group, Dakia U-Ventures announce announced UMUSIC Hotels — First music-based experiential hotel properties slated for Atlanta, Biloxi and Orlando (From Universal Music Group) SANTA MONICA, CA (October 9, 2020) — Universal Music Group (UMG), the world leader in music-based entertainment and Dakia U-Ventures, the entertainment impact investment group, today announced the launch […]

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 […]

Weather may prevent use of traffic cones

Biloxi Police may not be able to use one of their traffic tools this weekend, the orange traffic cones that separate lanes on U.S. 90 during special events, because of expected wind gusts from Louisiana-bound Hurricane Delta. The cones have been deployed annually on U.S. 90 during special events such as Cruisin’ the Coast in […]

Gilich: Storm expected to cruise by

Three years ago at this time, Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich had the Biloxi Fire Department visiting hundreds of RVs along the front beach telling owners in town for Cruisin’ they might consider leaving town early because Hurricane Nate was threatening. Today, with Hurricane Delta expected to make landfall in Louisiana Friday as thousands of visitors […]

Delta now a Cat 4 storm

Hurricane Delta, now a Category 4 storm, was moving across the western Caribbean Sea at 16 mph with maximum sustained winds of 130 mph this morning. Continued strengthening is expected and Delta will be a major hurricane before reaching the Yucatan Peninsula near Cancun and crossing into the southern Gulf of Mexico, the National Hurricane […]

Evacuation recommended for marinas, harbors

Owners of vessels in Biloxi’s four harbors and marinas have been notified that they should consider moving their vessels to safer locations ahead of turbulent weather possible with Hurricane Delta. “Although evacuation is not mandatory at this time, it is highly recommended that vessels be relocated well in advance to safer locations in order to […]

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 […]

Cruisin’: The wheel fun is on the way

You can see the telltale signs that Cruisin’ is rolling into town soon: Public Works crews are hanging Cruisin’ the Coast pole banners throughout downtown. Another crew upgraded the high profile White House fountain on U.S. 90. City, county and state crews are brushing up medians along the highway. And classic cars are beginning to […]

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 […]

Don’t blink. You might miss the water bill increase

Nobody likes a rate increase, but the new rates going into effect Oct. 1 for Biloxi water and sewer service and garbage collection might not even be noticed by the vast majority of the city’s 15,000 customers. The new water rate increases by 2 percent, or about 3 cents a month per thousand gallons for […]

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 […]

Come on and take a free ride, says CTA

You can step on a CTA bus anywhere in Biloxi for free on Saturday, as part of Coast Transit’s Last Stop for our Ride Free Summer Shopper’s Day. The public transit agency is introducing Ride Free Summer Shopper’s Days, with free fares in one city CTA serves each month. First stop: Biloxi. “Here at CTA […]

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, […]

City auction coming up Saturday

“There’s no doubt about it,” says Biloxi Police Chief John Miller of the city auction this weekend: “Some people like to come to these city auctions just to watch, to listen to the auctioneer, to see the deals and see what’s going on. There is a definite entertainment value.” The city will hold an absolute […]

Gilich: Be thankful and thoughtful

“We’re very thankful today,” Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich said to a host of interviewers seeking comment on Biloxi’s near-miss with Hurricane Sally, which devastated Pensacola, Fla., with 100 mph winds and nearly 25 inches of rain. “And while we’re thankful,” Gilich added, “we’re also thoughtful, for our neighbors in Mobile and Pensacola, and the Florida […]

Slow-moving Sally still an issue

Slow-moving Sally, the hurricane with winds of 85 mph and 55 miles east of the Mississippi River, may cause concern for Biloxi residents for the next couple of days, says Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich. “There’s no doubt that this storm is still a threat,” Gilich said today. “Projections have taken it from the west to […]

City prepares for imminent winds, rain

Gulf Coast casino resorts were ordered closed by 4 p.m., city crews have been making storm preparations throughout the day, and now the City of Biloxi is bracing for Hurricane Sally, expected to have winds of nearly 100 mph, a 7-to 11-foot storm surge and 24 hours of rain. Hurricane conditions are expected later tonight […]

Gilich: Wrap up your preparations now

Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich met with key department heads this morning for an update on storm preparations in city departments and divisions. Said Gilich after the meeting: “We’re asking people to do the same things that we’re doing: Make the preparations. Secure your property. Monitor the weather reports, have a hurricane kit and supplies to […]

Sally expected to have 100-mph winds

Boaters streamed up the Bay of Biloxi today, under sunny and clear skies, and ahead of the expected 100-mph winds and 7 to 11 foot storm surge with the approaching Sally, now a tropical storm less than 300 miles east-southeast of Biloxi and moving west-northwest at 13 mph. The storm is expected to make landfall […]

Don’t forget the sandbags

The City of Biloxi’s six sandbag locations for residents are Beck Park, 671 Division St.; Migues Park, 425 Parker St.; Cavalier Park, 2059 Lawrence St.; Popp’s Ferry Soccer Fields, 2150 Popp’s Ferry Road; Fire Station 8, 8479 Woolmarket Road; and Fire Station 9, 9370 Oaklawn Road. These are self-serve sites, meaning residents need to have […]

City orders evacuation of harbors, marinas

The city has ordered owners of vessels in Biloxi’s municipal harbors and marinas to have those vessels moved to safer areas by Sunday at 3 p.m. because of the pending threat from Tropical Storm Sally. The evacuation order comes as the National Weather Service this afternoon issued a hurricane watch and storm surge watch for […]

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 […]

New park to be built in Eagle Point, Woolmarket

Residents in the Eagle Point and Woolmarket areas of Biloxi will soon have a park to call their own. Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich, Councilman Nathan Barrett, engineers and other city officials broke ground Wednesday afternoon on the park and to hear Barrett tell it, the new city park could be akin to Hiller Park, the […]

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 […]

Seafood museum plans virtual drawdown

The Maritime & Seafood Industry Museum’s 35th Annual $10,000 Drawdown will be a virtual affair on Saturday, Sept. 19.   Because of COVID-19, the drawdown, which is the museum’s major fundraiser of the year, will be held between 7 and 9 p.m. on Sept. 19 on the museum’s Facebook and Instagram pages. The silent auction, […]

Supplies needed for Laura victims

The city is gathering supplies for the Cameron Parish, La., community, which was decimated by Hurricane Laura. Supplies are being accepted primarily at three Biloxi fire stations: Station 1, Lopez-Quave Public Safety Center, 170 Porter Ave.; Station 5, Bay Vista, 2499 Pass Road; and Station 7, Cedar-Popp’s, 1672 Popp’s Ferry Road. “We’ve been talking to […]

Knock, knock: It’s time to be counted

Right now, you have the opportunity to answer the Census either online or by phone. However, opportunity will be knocking in a different manner – on your door. For Biloxi, a city that is lagging behind the national average, 40 percent of the known residents have not yet responded to Census 2020, which could jeopardize […]

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 […]

Governor, mayor mark Katrina anniversary

Gov. Tate Reeves and Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich, with Hurricane Laura victims on their minds, marked the 15th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina by placing a wreath today at the Katrina Memorial in Biloxi.Facebook: Watch the nine-minute ceremonyYouTube: Watch the nine-minute ceremonyGallery: See photos from the virtual event

On the 15th anniversary of Katrina

Here are remarks Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich wrote and delivered during a ceremony today to mark the 15th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. The virtual ceremony was at the Katrina Memorial on the Biloxi Town Green and involved Gov. Tate Reeves and Biloxi State Rep. Kevin Felsher. Welcome everyone to this ceremony marking the 15th Anniversary […]

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 […]

Biloxi firefighters part of Laura response

Three members of the Biloxi Fire Department – a deputy chief and two firefighters – are being deployed to the Hurricane Laura disaster zone today as part of Mississippi Task Force 3. Laura grew today into a Category 4 hurricane. Forecasters feared a 20-foot storm surge that would be “unsurvivable” and capable of decimating entire […]

New fire trucks will be lean and ‘green’

Two new fire trucks will be joining the Biloxi Fire Department fleet in a couple of months, and although they’ll be red on the outside, they’re actually “green trucks.” The trucks, at a half-million dollars each and scheduled to go in service downtown and in West Biloxi in November, are part of the fire service […]

The latest on Laura: ‘Nothing extreme for us’

You see the warnings and the advisories: Two storms in the Gulf. Marco moves on and Laura in the wings, they say. Here’s the latest from Biloxi Emergency Manager Nick Geiser: “For Hurricane Laura, most models agree on the projected landfall near the Louisiana-Texas border. “The City of Biloxi does not anticipate any extreme conditions […]

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 […]

Marco will bring rain; Laura in the wings

Biloxi Police and Fire stood down their water-rescue teams today, as Marco seems to have fizzled out, but Emergency Manager Nick Geiser says the rains will come later today. Skies were clear this morning, turning overcast this afternoon, with breezy conditions, a northeast wind 15 to 20 mph. However, forecasters expect rain – a 90 […]

City opens six sandbag sites

The City of Biloxi has opened six sandbag locations for residents: Beck Park, 671 Division St.; Migues Park, 425 Parker St.; Cavalier Park, 2059 Lawrence St.; Popp’s Ferry Soccer Fields, 2150 Popp’s Ferry Road; Fire Station 8, 8479 Woolmarket Road; and Fire Station 9, 9370 Oaklawn Road. These are self-serve sites, meaning residents need to […]

All eyes on Marco for now

“Yes, there are two storms out there right now,” Biloxi Emergency Manager Nick Geiser said this afternoon, “and while Laura will be later in the week and is on our minds, we’re focusing on Marco right now. “People can expect Marco to be another Cristobal for Biloxi, if the current track continues,” Geiser said, referring […]

City recommends boaters move craft

Owners of vessels in the city’s public harbors and marinas were notified this morning that it’s “highly recommended” that their craft be relocated to safer locations. The announcement, from Port Division Manager Larry Sablich, was made as Tropical Storms Laura and Marco are expected to enter the Gulf of Mexico, and as the National Weather […]

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 […]

Biloxi Public Schools: ‘Smiles behind the masks’

The eight locations of Biloxi Public Schools opened their doors this morning and students “were greeted with excited teachers with big smiles behind their masks,” says schools spokesperson Jennifer Pyron. “We’re off to a smooth and safe start,” Pyron adds in an email. “All the students did a great job with wearing masks. We have 5,332 […]

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 […]

Power company franchise vote is Tuesday

The City of Biloxi will conduct a special election on Tuesday, and, if history is an indication, turnout will be low. Biloxi voters on Tuesday will cast ballots on whether to renew an existing franchise agreement with Mississippi Power. City polling places will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Those voting must wear […]

BTV: Katrina through the eyes of the Army

What began as a look back at Hurricane Katrina through the eyes of the Salvation Army on the 15th anniversary of the monster storm this month quickly turned into something else when filming began in July. Instead, it turned into a heartfelt story about the people behind the shield, those who serve the Salvation Army […]

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 […]

Biloxi, are you in that number?

Census 2020, the once-a-decade snapshot of the United States, is falling short in Biloxi, and city leaders are asking for help. “Right now, 58 percent of the people in Biloxi have responded, and we need to do better,” Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich said. “At least 42 percent of the people in Biloxi who were mailed […]

Sports complex open for reservations

The A.J. Holloway Sport Complex is now open for baseball and softball field reservations through the Biloxi Parks & Recreation Department. Any Biloxi team interested in practicing or playing games on one of the baseball or softball fields may submit a reservation to use the turf up to twice a week, Monday through Thursday, from […]

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 […]

Popp’s Ferry bridge re-opens after barge collision

The Popp’s Ferry Bridge, a north-south connector used by nearly 20,000 motorists a day, was closed for nearly four hours today after a tugboat pushing three barges struck the bridge’s bumper system just before 1 this afternoon. The two-lane bridge re-opened to vehicular traffic at 4:45 p.m. today but remains closed to marine traffic. And […]

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 […]

Biloxi Police launch new camera-registry initiative

The Biloxi Police Department is inviting business and residential video camera owners to register their security camera locations with the department as part of a new public safety initiative. This will enable Biloxi Police, with the permission of the camera owner, to quickly and securely obtain recorded video in the event of an incident near […]

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 […]

Hiller Park gets a new garden Friday

The Mississippi Urban Forest Council will dedicate a newly established pollinator garden at Hiller Park in Biloxi on Friday at 10 a.m. The 1,400-square-foot garden, which is situated in a grassy wetland swale a stone’s throw from the children’s splash pad, is planted predominately with flowers that provide nectar or pollen for a range of […]

Remains to be formally removed from U.S. 90 site

The northernmost lane of U.S. 90 will be closed south of the Biloxi City Cemetery Wednesday through Friday as archaeologists and anthropologists begin the process to remove skeletal remains that were discovered more than two years ago during work on a federally funded infrastructure project. The righthand, westbound lane will be closed south of the […]

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. […]

The sky lights up Saturday night

“Oh, say can you see?” Yes you can. Biloxi’s annual Fourth of July fireworks show is set to take place Saturday beginning at 9 p.m. The city-sponsored front beach show, which is supported by a host of businesses through the organizing Boom Boom Committee, takes place on Independence Day from a barge just south of […]

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 […]

Point Cadet Fishing Bridge to go LED

All 91 lights on the 4,700-foot long Point Cadet Fishing Bridge are being replaced with sturdier, more weather-resistant LED lights. In fact, the manufacturer of the fixtures is now designing mounting brackets specifically for the bridge, which is a popular daytime and nighttime fishing spot. “This pier is probably the most-used and most popular pier […]

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 […]

City plans for heavy traffic this weekend

Scrapin the Coast, the auto show that some view as a younger cousin to Cruisin’ the Coast, returns to Biloxi this weekend, and city crews are preparing for a smooth-flowing event. In fact, motorists driving U.S. 90 Friday morning will see more than 2,500 traffic cones in or near the center of eastbound and westbound […]

Barhanovich Park getting a makeover

For years it’s been called Circle Park because it’s rounded by Porter Avenue. A sign says it’s Bay Terrace Park, and for new generations of children growing up near the north end of Porter Avenue near Back Bay, it’s also known as Mark Barhanovich Memorial Park, named for a late civic leader who played in […]

Back Bay boardwalk moving forward

The city is a step closer to launching its next waterfront improvement project, a 1,700-foot concrete boardwalk, pavilion with lookouts and benches in the area along Back Bay, west of the Forrest Avenue pier and boat ramp. The $3 million project, part of Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich’s initiative to make the Biloxi waterfront more inviting […]

BTV, live stream just got easier to see

Sharp-eyed viewers of the city’s website, that archive of All Things Biloxi, may have noticed the addition of two new icons at the top right of the page. The BTV icon now makes it easier to get to the online simulcast of BTV, the city’s municipal channel also carried by Sparklight and AT&T UVerse, 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 […]

Council to consider tidelands applications

Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich on Tuesday will be seeking council approval to apply for about $8.5 million in tidelands grants for public improvement projects in Biloxi. The seven grant applications make up a large part of the 19 measures on the agenda for the City Council meeting on Tuesday at 1:30 p.m. at City Hall. […]

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, […]

Biloxi High School named best on Coast, No. 4 in state

Biloxi High School has been named the No. 1 high school on the Coast and the No. 4 high school in the state by U.S. News & World Report, whose website has 42 million visitors a month. This annual ranking is based on six factors: college readiness, reading and math proficiency, reading and math performance, […]

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 […]

Dakia Entertainment Hospitality, Broadwater group eye transformational development at historic Biloxi site

Dakia Entertainment Hospitality and Broadwater Development, LLP announced today the signing of a formal letter of intent, subject to finalizing financial commitments, to redevelop the historic, former Broadwater Beach hotel, marina and golf course site into a $1.2 billion, 266-acre, world-class entertainment complex on U.S. 90 in Biloxi, Miss. The project has a projected opening […]

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 […]

City seeks CDBG applications from agencies

The City of Biloxi is in the process of developing its 2020-2024 Consolidated Plan and 2020 Annual Action Plan, required by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development for the City’s Community Development Block Grant Entitlement Program. Biloxi receives an annual CDBG funding allocation, which is $462,382 for Program Year 2020.  These funds must […]

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 […]

Cristobal proves a persistent nuisance

“It was a little bit more than I thought it would be,” Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich said of Tropical Storm Cristobal today, after a weekend of tropical winds and more than seven inches of rain closed many of the city’s roadways. “I think many people were surprised by the strength of the storm, considering how […]

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 […]

City ready to see OK’d project move forward

Construction plans have been approved and a permit is ready to be issued for one of the first cases reviewed since Development Review Committee meetings resumed a couple of weeks ago. “We are simply waiting on the contractor to come in and pick up the plans,” said Community Development Jerry Creel, referring to a project […]

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 […]

Biloxi remembers fallen officer McKeithen

One year ago today the Biloxi Police Department suffered a tragic loss of one of their own and today the department honors the fallen officer, Robert McKeithen. In front of the Lopez-Quave Public Safety Center on Porter Avenue, in the very spot where the officer was shot from behind, the Police Department has created a […]

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 […]