Council OKs revision to baseball agreement

The Biloxi City Council this morning approved an amendment to the MGM Park lease with Biloxi Baseball and Overtime Sports that would set forth terms of how the $925,000 being provided by the baseball partners would be spent and outlined how the city would repay the money.

The agreement, which also was OK’d by site owner Beau Rivage, also means that the potential $10,000-a-game fine would end June 1 if the baseball partners fail to complete $425,000 in audio-visual needs and signage upgrades by June 1.

The amendment was called a “win-win” by acting Mayor Kenny Glavan and was approved unanimously by the City Council.

Under terms of the amendment, the city also would give up its $2 fee on the first 231,250 seats sold in the first two baseball seasons, but collect a $3 fee on the first 231,250 tickets in the last two years of the 20-year agreement.

Although the baseball partners have until June 1 to complete the AV and signage upgrades, a July 1 deadline was set for other upgrades the baseball partners would be responsible for, including entrance upgrades, suites completion, and video upgrades.
See the resolution approved today
See photos from today’s meeting
See the original baseball lease
See the original ground lease


Farmers Market closed until April 7

The City of Biloxi’s Charles R. Hegwood Farmers Market, located at the I-110 overpass off Hopkins Boulevard and Howard Avenue, is closed until April 7.

The Parks and Recreation Department is improving the site for the market’s annual grand opening ceremony on April 7. “We will be repainting the lines, cleaning up the trash cans and basically giving the site an overall good cleaning,” said Parks and Recreation Director Cheryl Bell.

The Farmers Market Grand Opening will be Tuesday, April 7 from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. with a ceremony at 8:30 a.m.  Farmers will be on hand to sell farm-fresh produce, plants, homemade baked goods, and more.   After April 7, the Farmers Market will be open every Tuesday and Thursday from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m.

For more information, call the Parks and Recreation Department at (228) 388-7170 or click here.