City to implement schedule for marine traffic at Popp’s Ferry bridge

The Popp’s Ferry bridge will begin opening for marine traffic for 10 minutes every half hour beginning at 6 o’clock tonight and continue that schedule throughout the evening as marine traffic warrants.

This schedule will allow for a larger number of vessels to pass through the span, without constantly interrupting vehicular traffic.

Plans for Tuesday morning are for the bridge to be used exclusively for vehicular traffic from 7:30 to 9 a.m., as is its normal schedule for morning rush hour, and then returning to the 10-minutes per half-hour schedule – or perhaps even 15 minutes per half-hour, if warranted – beginning at 9 a.m.

Council declares state of emergency

The Biloxi City Council this afternoon passed a resolution declaring that a state of emergency now exists in Biloxi, empowering Mayor A.J. Holloway to take “all reasonable and necessary measures” to help prepare the city and its residents for possible flooding and high winds associated with Hurricane Ivan.

The declaration means that the mayor is able to take any necessary emergency measures, such as purchasing equipment or supplies without having to follow the usual bidding procedures.

Postponements and cancellations

Biloxi Public Schools have announced that public schools in Biloxi will close at noon Tuesday.

The Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art has announced that a brown bag lunch and ceramics preview sale scheduled for Friday have been postponed. No new date has been announced.

Biloxi First has announced that its fund-raising roast of District Attorney Cono Caranna, scheduled for Tuesday at the Isle of Capri Casino Resort, has been postponed until “a date to be determined.”