City accepting orders for Katrina photo album, DVD

The City of Biloxi today is launching online and mail-order sales for a commemorative DVD and photo album chronicling the destruction of Hurricane Katrina and the city’s inspirational recovery efforts.

The DVD and photo album, which can be purchased individually or as a package, will be available in January, but Christmas shoppers placing online or mail orders will receive a gift card to present at Christmastime.

The hour-long DVD and 50-plus-page photo album sell for $40, plus $5 shipping and handling, as a combination; or $25 individually, plus $5 for shipping and handling. Proceeds will benefit the City of Biloxi Katrina Relief Fund, which will be used to rebuild community facilities.

For information on how you can reserve your copies, click here.

Holloway hopes to see work begin on U.S. 90 bridge

Mayor A.J. Holloway says he’s disappointed by news this afternoon that the start of work on a new U.S. 90 bridge linking Biloxi and Ocean Springs will not begin for at least a month, and, as a result, he’s already asked members of the state’s congressional delegation to help speed things along.

Southern District Transportation Commissioner Wayne Brown told Holloway today that MDOT needs federal reimbursement of more than $100 mullion it has spent on hurricane-related repairs before it could award a contract to begin the bridge work.

The bridge had been scheduled to partially open for Thanksgiving ’06.

“I’m going to pursue the same course as I followed on the Popp’s Ferry bridge,” said Holloway, who was able to secure funding from the Federal Highway Administration through MDOT for work on the west Biloxi bridge.

Holloway e-mailed Mississippi Sens. Trent Lott and Thad Cochran and Rep. Gene Taylor shortly after Brown delivered the news about the delay in beginning work.

Said Holloway: “Senators Lott and Cochran and Rep. Taylor realize that getting started on a new Biloxi-Ocean Springs bridge is vital for us to continue our recovery efforts, and I suspect they’re going to use their influence to get this project funded and underway.”

City offices open Friday after Thanksgiving

A number of city staffers will skip the post-Thanksgiving holiday so that residents can apply for permits or conduct other city business on Friday.

Mayor A.J. Holloway this week ordered department heads to have city departments open at their usual hours on Friday. The Biloxi Natatorium and Donal Snyder center will be closed, however.

Departments will employ reduced staff Friday, and those who work that day will observe the holiday Monday.

Dunagan guests on ‘City Desk’

Biloxi Police Chief Bruce Dunagan discusses the challenges in keeping traffic moving these days, particularly with the holiday shopping season a few days away. To listen to the program, click here.