Coming Saturday: A bargain hunter’s paradise

Longtime auctioneer Nick Clark says bargain hunters will find great deals this weekend when the city auctions more than 500 surplus or seized vehicles, jewelry, tools, heavy equipment, TVs, computers and other material, and it’s going to be a great deal, even for spectators.

The city will be auctioning the property, including dozens of bicycles, Saturday at the city impound yard on Popp’s Ferry Road.

Those interested can preview the vehicles on Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the impound yard, which is on city property just east of the Cedar Lake Road. The auction itself, which has a $10 admission fee, begins Saturday at 9 a.m. Gates will open at 8 a.m. A concession stand will offer food and soft drinks. Only those 18 and older will be admitted to the auction.

“I would say that you are going to get unbelievable deals,” said Clark, a licensed auctioneer who has been in the business for four decades. “The highest bidder takes it, regardless of the bid. The $10 admission fee is non-refundable, but even if you don’t buy a thing, you’re going to get a lot of entertainment for $10.”

The items will be sold “as is, where is,” with no guarantees or warranties. All purchased items must be removed no later than Monday at 3:30 p.m. The auction will accept cash, checks, Visa, Mastercard or Discover cards. City of Biloxi employees are prohibited from bidding on items.

The items run the gamut, Clark said.

“What we do have,” Clark added, “is a lot of city-owned equipment, and city-owned equipment seems to be better taken care of than old, abandoned or seized equipment. It’s a good variety, too, with plenty of vehicles, tools, bikes, copiers, printers, and like that. This will be a better-than-average auction.”
See an online listing of items, with photos


News and notes

Shuckers see double: “Let’s play two,” the Biloxi Shucker say after rain postponed the MGM Park game Sunday afternoon. As a result, the Shuckers host a doubleheader with the Tennessee Smokies beginning at 4:40 p.m. today. One ticket gets you admission to both games. To visit the Shuckers website, click here.

Flood followup: The Community Development Department reports the storm that dumped 11 inches of rain on the city Thursday also flooded five homes and three businesses. To see more than a dozen photos of first responders on the job Thursday, click here.

A blessed event: The city, county and St. Michael’s Church will unveil the official poster for the¬†87th Annual Blessing of the Fleet and Shrimp Festival during a ceremony¬†Wednesday ¬†at 5:30 p.m. at the Biloxi Visitors Center. The reception is free and open to the public. For more on the Blessing itself, click here.

The week that was: See the reports on last week’s activities from the departments of Fire, Police and Community Development by clicking here.

Fish, anyone? West End Hose Co. No. 3, the city’s all-volunteer fire museum, will hold a fish fry on Friday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The $8 per plate fare includes fried fish, potato salad, baked beans and bread. Drinks and desserts also will be available. Pre-orders will be taken Friday from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. at 435-6119, but why wait? You can email Fire Chief Joe Boney now at