City to host meeting for Channel Mark, Cove Drive areas

City representatives will be meeting next week with residents of the neighborhoods around Channel Mark and Cove Drive to tell them about major infrastructure work coming to their area.

The meeting, part of the outreach effort for the city’s $355 million Restore Biloxi Infrastructure Repair Program, will be held Wednesday, June 19 in the Fine Arts Auditorium, Room D-110 at the Jefferson Davis campus of Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College. The meeting will begin at 6 p.m. Those attending should park off DeBuys Road, on the east side of the campus.

Residents will have a chance to hear from contractors who will be overseeing the $3.3 million project that will involve Runnymede Road, Channel Mark Drive, Tide Mark Cove, Lost Channel Drive, Channel Place and Cove Drive.

The project will include replacing water mains, sanitary sewer lines and storm drains as well as replacing the streets, curbs and sidewalks impacted by the construction work. As part of this project, the existing sewer pump station along Tide Mark Cove will be eliminated and the existing Goose Pointe sewer pump station will be rehabilitated.

The work will begin in early July 2013 and is scheduled to be completed 320 days later, in early June 2014. Some lane closures will be required over the course of the work as well as periodic interruptions to water service. However, we will work to inform you about each of these in advance. You may see heavy equipment using the streets in and near construction zones. Any traffic detours will be clearly marked.

To see a postcard being sent to more than a hundred homes in the impacted area, click here.

Reminder: Beach Fest begins at 5 at Lighthouse Pier

The inaugural Beach Fest, with food, drink, arts and crafts and the Mayor’s Kayak Challenge, takes place today from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Biloxi Lighthouse pier.

The affair, which is co-sponsored by the city and the Biloxi Bay Chamber, is free and open to the public. A disc jockey will provide music, and beach volleyball and horseshoes are planned.

Although a moonlight kayak cruise is planned, yesterday’s Bmail was incorrect in reporting a bonfire would be held. Apologies to bonfire fans for the mistake.

Biloxi Excel By Five offers ‘Trip to Wonderland’

Biloxi Excel By Five is inviting children birth to 5 years of age to “Trip to Wonderland” on Saturday, June 29th from 10 a.m. to noon at Lopez School, 140 St. John Ave., Biloxi.

Children can participate in fun hands-on activities and visit with “Alice in Wonderland” characters.

From 10 to 11:15 a.m. children can take pictures with the white rabbit and those age 3 to 5 can take part in a tea party with the Mad Hatter. The tea party will take place from 11:30 a.m. to noon.

This event is free to the community.

“Trip to Wonderland” is sponsored by Biloxi Excel By Five Coalition, City of Biloxi, Biloxi Public Schools, Beau Rivage Resort and Casino and IP Casino Resort Spa. Don’t forget to check us out on Facebook at Biloxi Excel By 5.

For additional information, please contact Susan Hunt 228-297-6808, or Sherry Bell 228-388-7170,

Parks and Rec: Events of note

Here are a few upcoming events coordinated by the city’s Parks and Recreation Department and compiled by staffer Cecilia Dobbs Walton:

Juneteenth, Saturday, June 15 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Kroc Center, 575 Division Street. There will be a neighborhood picnic at 5:30 p.m., gospel sing off for a $500 prize at 6:30 p.m., an essay and poster contest for individuals age 10 – 18 who submit entries by Friday, June 14 to the Kroc Center, and children and adult activities from 4 to 6 p.m.
Juneteenth is a national celebration established in 1865 in Galveston, Texas to commemorate freedom of African Americans and emphasize education, fun and unity.
For more information or any questions about the activities call the recreation office at 228-388-7170.

— Aloha to Summertime Special Needs Party Friday, June 21 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Donal Snyder Community Center. Barbecue for all to enjoy and Hawaiian attire is encouraged. RSVP to 228-388-7170.

— Farmers Market Festival,
Thursday, June 27 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. under the I-110 off of Howard and Hopkins
Event includes: children’s activities, recycling information, gardening booths, cooking instructions and demonstrations, and hourly giveaways.

— Seniors Patriotic Dance, Salute to the Military, Friday, June 28 from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Donal Snyder Community Center
Open to Biloxi residents age 55 and older.
The event will include music, food, and door prizes. RSVP to the Snyder center at 228-388-1340.