Council calls special meetings to discuss McElroy’s lease

The Biloxi City Council has called special meetings for this afternoon at 4:30 and 5 to discuss the lease of city property at the Biloxi Small Craft Harbor.

The sessions will be conducted at the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Municipal Building on MLK Boulevard.

The meetings — which involve ongoing negotiations regarding the former site of McElroy’s seafood restaurant — are expected to be primarily in executive session.

The meetings will be for informational purposes, and no votes will be taken today, according to Council President Clark Griffith.

To see the agenda for the two special meetings and the City Council’s 6 p.m. meeting, where Director of Administration David Staehling is expected to give an overview of city finances, click here.

Boomtown to host bridge walk Wednesday evening

Boomtown Casino promises plenty of bottled water will be available Wednesday when it stages a benefit bridge walk for the Humane Society of South Mississippi.

The 6:30 p.m. walk, which also marks Responsible Gaming Education Week, will see the casino donate $20 per person — up to $2,500 — to the Humane Society. The walk begins on the Biloxi side of the Biloxi Bay Bridge, with shuttle service back from Ocean Springs, if you like.

Last year about 300 people took part in the affair, and merely showing up will help the cause. Says Boomtown’s Wade Howk: “We know the warm weather will definitely play a factor this year. Of course, people don’t actually have to walk the bridge if they don’t want. As long as they show up in support, we’ll count them in the overall head count.”

News and notes

Late registration: Parents who did not register their children for public school on Thursday or Friday can do so any day this week without penalty. Students who fail to register this week must miss the first official day of school. To find out what information parents must bring to registration, click here.

Mark your calendars: Parents can learn how to prepare their children for organized sports thanks to an upcoming program sponsored by the Excel by 5 Coalition, the city’s Parks and Recreation Department and the National Alliance for Youth Sports. To learn more about the Start Smart/Grow Smart program, click here.