City Council meeting: New mayor, new location

Plenty of change will be evident come City Council meeting time Tuesday: Mayor-elect Andrew “FoFo” Gilich will be attending his first meetings as mayor, and the meetings will be conducted at the Biloxi Civic Center while the elevator is repaired at City Hall.

The council will have two meetings on Tuesday: a special-called 11 a.m. meeting where regulations involving motor vehicles for hire will be discussed, and a regularly scheduled 1:30 p.m. meeting.

The afternoon meeting will feature an agenda of more than two dozen measures, including the acquisition of easements along front beach for pending infrastructure work, change orders for existing infrastructure work, and county-assisted efforts at Hiller Park and at the park outside Margaret Sherry Memorial Library.
See the morning agenda
See the afternoon agenda


Weekend preview: Fatima fest, other events

Headlining the weekend’s entertainment lineup is the Our Lady of Fatima International Spring Festival, where the west Biloxi parish will offer plenty of local cuisine, carnival rides, musical entertainment and family fare.

The festival begins this evening and runs through Sunday.

Elsewhere, you’ll find the big wooden boat show at the schooner pier, a “Katrina +10” bridge walk and artists reception, Gladys Knight at the Beau Rivage, Chris Young at IP, Kidz Boy at Kress Live, and a chance to meet the Spirits of Beauvoir, where you can also take part in a birthday party for a camel.
See the entire weekend lineup


Things you might not know about ‘FoFo’

F. Cliff Kirkland, who was named this week to head the transition for Mayor-elect Andrew “FoFo” Gilich, visits the “City Desk” webcast to talk about the coming days in Biloxi municipal government and he fulfills a request: “Tell us something most people might not know about ‘FoFo’ Gilich.” You’ll also hear the latest on MGM Park and get a quick preview of weekend events.
Listen to the City Desk webcast




Hidden Springs gets DEQ approval

By Jerry Creel, Community Development Director

This week in economic development, Hidden Springs received DEQ approval, and obtained the site preparation permit for the proposed 411 lot single family phased subdivision to be located in north Biloxi off Woodland Hills Drive. Infrastructure plans are being finalized and should be submitted to our engineering department sometime next week.

Also this week Baja Beach Biloxi Restaurant is in full renovation mode, work has resumed on Kelly’s Bar and Grill in what was the proposed Blind Tiger structure, and Hyatt Place is moving forward with the foundation for the new hotel. Building permits were issued for 2 new single family houses and plans were received for 6 more.


News and notes

Police awards: The Biloxi Police Department recognized some of its distinguished officers and members of the public during the department’s quarterly awards ceremony this morning. To see dozens of photos form the ceremony, click here.

Traffic update: To see the Public Works Department’s status of street work throughout Biloxi, click here.

DRC: To see the Development Review Commission agenda for next week, click here.