Downtown event kicks off weekend of entertainment

Main Street’s Finally First Friday for September bows today, with a back-to-school salute to teachers, with hand-dipped apples and other giveaways.

The downtown Biloxi event, which takes place this evening from 5 to 8, will feature The Blue Start Orchestra in Margaret Tremmel Peresich Park, while Gallery 782 hosts an exhibition by artist LeLinda Bourge and entertainment by MariAnne Wasilewski.

Your weekend preview: To see the entire weekend lineup, courtesy of listings compiled by the Mississippi Gulf Coast Regional Convention and Visitors Bureau, click here.

More work planned on Cedar Lake, Popp’s Ferry bridges

The Cedar Lake bridge will be closed intermittently Monday morning and Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons next week for repairs, and one lane of the Popp’s Ferry bridge will be closed Monday morning while workers repair the bridge’s steel deck.

On the Cedar Lake bridge, city engineer Damon Torricelli said repairs need to be made to one of the six wheels that help stabilize the bridge when it swings open. The repairs, which will require intermittent closures, will take place Monday from 8 to 10 a.m., and Tuesday and Wednesday from 3 to 5 p.m. The bridge will be closed to marine traffic Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.

On the Popp’s Ferry bridge, workers will replace a section of the steel deck in a northbound lane Monday between 8 and 10 a.m.

More traffic info: To see links to real-time traffic cameras for a host of area roadways, and a list of road construction projects underway throughout the city, click here.

News and notes

Webcasting: Chief Administrative Officer David Nichols discusses the city budget and zoning issues and you can get a preview of the month’s upcoming events in this week’s City Desk webcast. To listen to this week’s City Desk webcast, click here.

Council meetings: Mayor A.J. Holloway has called two special meetings of the Biloxi City Council for Tuesday morning. During a 9:30 session, the council is expected to approve the municipal budget for FY 2014, and at a 10 a.m. meeting councilmember will discuss the proposed downtown baseball stadium. Both meetings will be at City Hall and are open to the public. To see agendas and supporting documents, click here.

Waffle House No. 6: The Community Development Department’s Development Review Committee next week will review its second Waffle House proposal in two weeks, this one in West Biloxi on U.S. 90, west of the Coast Coliseum. Last week, the DRC reviewed plans for a Waffle House proposed for Myrtle Street, midway between the Palace and Golden Nugget resorts. To see the DRC agenda for Wednesday, click here.