A dozen streets to see asphalt over next two weeks

A week after Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich promised more progress in east Biloxi, Oscar Renda Contracting has announced that it will begin its largest round of paving, covering a dozen east Biloxi neighborhood streets.

The paving work, which is tentatively scheduled to begin Wednesday and is expected to take two weeks, will see 6,000 tons of paving applied to streets where crews have worked to replace underground water, sewer and storm drains and installed new curbs and gutters.

The lineup of streets where asphalt will be applied, weather permitting:

— Keller Avenue, north of Division Street

— Holley Street, south of Division Street

— Fallo, Brown and Fountain streets, north of Division Street

— Roy and Redding streets, between Bowen and Keller

— Bowen Street, between Roy and Division streets

— Strangi and Penny streets, north of Division

— A section of Brown Street, south of Division

— Crawford Street, north of Division Street, from Lee Kerley Lane to Bayview Avenue.

 The work represents the largest round of paving to date for the three-year-old project, eclipsing 3,300 tons of paving that were applied to a half-dozen streets several weeks ago.

Contractors also say that limestone, a signal that paving is near, is tentatively scheduled to begin going down on Seal Avenue south of Division Street beginning Feb. 15.

It was only last week, in his State of the City address, when Gilich vowed that residents would see entire blocks of streets paved at a time as part of the massive $123 million infrastructure work now underway in east Biloxi.

Said Gilich: “This is the kind of progress that we want and expect to see on a regular basis.”


Tornado watch in effect until 5 p.m. today

The National Weather Service has announced that south Mississippi is under a tornado watch until 5 this afternoon and under a seveve thunderstorm warning until 3:30 this afternoon.  The weather service said quarter-size hail could also be possible.
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Your guide to Mardi Gras in Biloxi

Biloxi and the Mississippi Gulf Coast are home to myriad Carnival balls, more than 20 family-oriented parades and dozens of special events to herald the approach of Mardi Gras, or “Fat Tuesday,” the last day of the Carnival season.  Fat Tuesday itself falls the day before Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent.  Here are a host of links to help you enjoy Carnival 2017.
Tips for a fun and safe Mardi Gras  
Second Liners parade route
Biloxi Children’s Mardi Gras Walking Parade application and route
Krewe of Neptune parade route
Gulf Coast Carnival parade route
Commemorative Mardi Gras shirts
List of parades, dates, times and places


News and notes

City Council meetings: The Biloxi City Council meets twice today, a special meeting at 4 p.m. about a biometrics initiative and a regularly scheduled 6 p.m. meeting. To see the agendas and supporting documents, click here.

Sweetheart Dance earlier:  The Parks & Recreation Department’s annual Daddy-Daughter Sweetheart Dance is Friday from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Donal M. Snyder Sr. Community Center. The department mvoe the event up an hour, to 6 p.m., to allow for more participation time. To see the updated flyer, click here.

Sports registration:  The Parks & Recreation Department will hold a second round of registration for its baseball and softball league on Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon at the Donal M. Snyder Sr. Community Center. Birth certificates and proof of residency are required. Those interested in coaching may sign up during registration.  To see the flyer, click here

Senior field trips: If you are a Biloxi resident age 55 or older, you can participate in the city’s monthly senior field trips. To see more about the field trips and the seniors program, click here