City moving forward on restoration of old library

The City Council this week approved a $389,000 contract for the renovation of the Old Biloxi Library on Lameuse Street. The structure, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, will house the city’s finance division, which is now in the City Hall annex, which will be demolished.

Also approved on Tuesday: purchase of a $105,000 knuckle boom loader to help the Public Works Department remove roadside debris; $27,700 in security upgrades for the Lopez-Quave Public Safety Center, and $7,580 in funding for the Biloxi Youth Basketball League;

Incidentally, at its Dec. 20 meeting, the council approved a contact with Dale Partners Architects to help move forward revitalization plans for Point Cadet, which will focus on the waterfront area north of the Biloxi Bay Bridge. Council members also approved the purchase of nine police SUVs for a quarter-million dollars, using federal funding.

Dates of note: Bike Biloxi, and Mardi Gras, yes, Mardi Gras

Jan. 17 – Monthly Bike Biloxi Dinner Ride in downtown Biloxi meets at 5 p.m. at eco-Geno bike shop at Biloxi Transit Center, at Reynoir Street and MLK Boulevard. Dinner at Port City Café, also in the Transit Center, will be held at the ride. Details: Main Street Biloxi, 435-639 or

Feb. 20 – Annual Children’s Mardi Gras Walking Parade, through downtown Biloxi.

Feb. 21 Mardi Gras parade rolls through downtown Biloxi.