Evacuation recommended at public marinas, harbors

The Biloxi Port Division today “highly recommended” to boat owners that they relocate their vessels from the city’s public harbors and marinas.

“We are currently monitoring the weather,” the email said, “but although evacuation is not mandatory at this time, it is highly recommended that vessels be relocated well in advance to safer locations in order to protect both the vessel and the marina.” A follow-up e-mail is planned before 11 a.m. Friday.

Driving the announcement is the forecast for Tropical Storm 9, which is forecast to approach the northern Gulf Coast at or near major hurricane intensity on Sunday.

Port Division Manager Larry Sablich issued the recommendation to the 350 or so boat owners who have vessels at the Biloxi Small Craft Harbor and adjoining Commercial Harbor, Point Cadet Marina and the Sherman V. Canaan Dock on Back Bay.

Boaters were reminded that public harbors in Biloxi will shut down when a Hurricane or Tropical Storm Warning is issued or 24 hours before expected landfall.

Added the notice: “Please remember the bridges between the sound and the bays close early depending on wind speed. If you are relocating your vessel to points north of those bridges, please pay special attention to the advisories from the state, county, and cities regarding the bridges.”
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News & notes: Weekly review, sand bags, council, vaccinations

The week that was: Weekly reports from the departments of Police, Fire, and Community Development are now online for your review. To see the report from last week and an archive of weekly reports, click here.

Sand bags: Self-serve sand bags (bring your own shovel) will be available after 8:30 Friday morning at the these locations: Henry Beck Park, 671 Division St.; Migues Park, 425 Parker St.; Cavalier Park, 2059 Lawrence St; A.J. Holloway Sports Complex, 765 Wells Drive; Fire Station 8, 8479 Woolmarket Road; and Fire Station 9, 9370 Oaklawn Road.

Council meeting: The Biloxi City Council will hold a special called meeting on Friday at 11 a.m. to discuss the city’s group insurance plan. The public meeting, one of the final parts of the ongoing budget process, will be held at Biloxi City Hall and will be streamed live on the city’s YouTube channel. To see the agenda, click here.

Get vaxed: Singing River Hospital System has teamed up with Coast Transit for a CTA Vaccine Day on Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon at the CTA Biloxi Transit Center on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. Those who get a free vaccination during the event will receive a free month bus pass. To see the flyer, click here.