Family fun day on tap at Hiller

Visitors to Hiller Park on Saturday will find a day of family activities including water slides, bounce houses. It’s all part of Family Fun Day at Hiller Park, which takes place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

A $5 fee affords unlimited playtime for each child.

Additionally, hamburgers, hot dogs, popcorn and other festival fare will be available at the affair, which is being sponsored by the city’s Parks and Recreation Department and Friends of Hiller Park to raise money for park improvements.

No outside food or ice chests will be allowed at the event.
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Hear the latest on the Gilich transition

F. Cliff Kirkland, who has been helping Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich with a smooth-yet-busy transition into the mayor’s office, discusses the issues of the day in this week’s City Desk podcast. Hizzoner himself drops by as well for the program, which was taped Thursday afternoon, as baseball talks developing.
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Get ready for the ultimate Game Day Experience

Main Street Biloxi announced today that it will celebrate the first home game of the Biloxi Shuckers on Saturday, June 6, by staging the Game Day Experience, presented by the Beau Rivage.

Billed as the ultimate tailgate party for the thousands of fans expected to attend the first Shuckers game in MGM Park, the Game Day Experience will be held from 1 to 6 p.m. in Downtown Biloxi. The Vieux Marche will be closed to vehicular traffic from Reynoir Street to Lameuse Street. The event will feature introductions of, and autograph sessions with the Shuckers players, coaches and ownership. Representatives of the Milwaukee Brewers are also expected to attend.

The event is open to the public free of charge, and will include baseball-themed activities and live entertainment. There will be baseball and softball batting cages, a radar gun to check pitch velocity, a whiffle ball home run derby contest, and a special area for children’s games.
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Council meets Tuesday evening at Civic Center

The downtown baseball stadium and the city’s ongoing infrastructure work dominate the agenda for next week’s Biloxi City Council meeting, which takes place Tuesday at 6 p.m. at the Biloxi Civic Center.

The agenda includes four measures involving the stadium construction and funding and five measures proposing eminent domain be used to acquire easements for upcoming front beach infrastructure work.

One of the baseball measures would solidify an agreement between the state and Biloxi to see $2 million in funding for the overhead pedestrian walkway on U.S. 90 south of MGM Park. Another measure, with the Mississippi Development Authority, would see the city realize a great share of sales tax from concessions at MGM Park.
See the agenda and supporting documents



Council approves Reunion Place subdivision

By Jerry Creel, Community Development Director

This week in economic development, the city council voted to approve Reunion Place Subdivision-Phase 1. The new development is located on the north side of Brodie Road east of Cedar Lake, and when complete will have 38 single family homes and 46 townhomes. Phase 1 will include 8 single family houses and 34 town-homes.

Also this week, a building permit was issued to construct the exterior walls enclosing the steel framework for the former Casino Magic. Reinforcing steel is currently being installed to support the new water park to be located on the roof of the newly enclosed structure. Separate permits will be obtained for the water park, and for the build out of the newly enclosed structure.

In our valuation update from last year at this time, the building permit valuation is up $16.6 million dollars, sales tax revenues are up $260K, and casino revenues are up $24.1 Million.