Council to consider milestone projects; other news and notes

Mayor A.J. Holloway will ask the City Council next week to move forward with to milestone projects – the widening of Brodie Road in north Biloxi and the first of eight projects in the Restore Biloxi initiative.

The requests are among the 20 measures on the agenda for the council’s meeting on Tuesday at 1:30 p.m. The meeting, which is at City Hall, is open to the public.

On Brodie Road, Holloway will ask the council to authorize three contracts totaling $2.8 million for a 420-day project that see Brodie Road widened to three lanes between Cedar Lake Road and Destiny Plantation, where it will transition to two lanes to match the two lanes at the D’Iberville city limits. As part of the improvements, new water, sewer and drainage lines and curbing will be installed.

Also on the agenda are eight Restore Biloxi initiative agreements that would have the city hiring engineering firms to design water, sewer and drainage lines as well as replace storm-damaged streets in Eagle Point, and north and west Biloxi.

The mayor and council also will have a 10 a.m. meeting to discuss the Maritime and Seafood Industry Museum, and the Katrina and Mardi Gras museums. This meeting will also be held at City Hall and is open to the public.

To see the complete agenda and available resolutions for both meetings, click here.

Holloway to MDOT: ‘See you in 11 days’

MDOT held a formal dedication of the rebuilt U.S. 90 this afternoon on the Town Green, and a host of speakers – from Congressman Gene Taylor, to MDOT and state leaders, to Coast mayors – spoke about the importance of the Coast highway, but when it came time for him to speak, Mayor A.J. Holloway kept his comments brief and to the point.

“You know,” Holloway said, “I could go on and on about the importance of Highway 90 and how glad we are that this work is done. And that it’s yet another milestone in our recovery.

“All of that is true, and I appreciate the work of the contractors and the engineers, and the MDOT staff, and Wayne and Butch, the Brown Boys.

“But I’m not going to say all of that. I’m going to say one thing to Wayne and Butch, and I really mean it: ‘See you in 11 days or less at the Popp’s Ferry bridge.”

To see photos from the MDOT ceremony, click here.

Weekend preview: Jerry Lewis, Bobby Brown and crawfish

Jerry Lewis headlines at the Beau Rivage tonight, while you’ll find Bobby Brown and the Summit Tour at the IP, and the kickoff of the two-weekend-long crawfish festival at the Coast Coliseum.

For details on these events and more, courtesy of listings compiled by the Mississippi Gulf Coast Convention and Visitors Bureau,
click here.