Fireman’s Ball kicks off big weekend this evening

It’s Fireman’s Day weekend, kicking off with the revival of the Fireman’s Ball this evening from 7 to 10 at the Biloxi Civic Center, a Fireman’s Day parade Saturday morning through downtown Biloxi and a drawdown for the firefighter’s relief fund Saturday night at the Biloxi Civic Center.

The Fireman’s Ball, open to the public with $15 admission or $25 for couples, will feature William Sackett’s Dance Time USA Radio Orchestra.

Tickets are available in advance at the Biloxi Visitors Center, any Biloxi fire station or at the door this evening. It’s a BYOB affair, with set-ups available.
See video invite for the ball
See Fireman’s Day Parade route
See your overall weekend entertainment


Seafood Museum drawdown marks 30 years

The Maritime & Seafood Industry Museum holds its 30th Annual $10,000 Drawdown on Saturday. The buffet opens at 7 p.m. with a host of  tasty seafood dishes, and the drawing begins at 8 p.m.  Door prizes will be awarded throughout the night.

The affair, the museum’s major fundraiser of the year, will be at the museum, 115 First St., and begins with cocktails and entertainment by Hank Berumen at 6 p.m.

Details: Maritime & Seafood Industry Museum at (228) 435-6320.


Coming up: Edmond Boudreaux’s look at ‘Lost Biloxi’

Local historian and author Edmond Boudreaux will unveil his latest opus, “Lost Biloxi,” the story of many Biloxi architectural treausres lost to time or Mother Nature, during a book discussion and signing next week at the Biloxi Visitors Center.

The free affair takes place Tuesday from 5:30 to 7 p.m.
Read more about the book and Boudreaux


Planning recommends short-term rental regulations

By Jerry Creel, Community Development Director

This week in Community Development, the planning commission wrapped up their workshop on Short-Term Rental, and¬†directed the planning staff to prepare ‚Äúdraft‚ÄĚ language for the proposed text amendment. The recommendation is for the ‚Äúuse¬†map‚ÄĚ in the Land Development Ordinance, to remain the same as it relates to STR, but to add additional text to clarify the¬†steps for obtaining a conditional use permit. Text changes are also being proposed to add restrictions to address areas such¬†as the number of STR units allowed per lot, and for providing adequate parking for approved applications. Because this is a¬†proposed text amendment to the Land Development Ordinance, a public hearing before the planning commission will be¬†required to obtain public comments. The date of the public hearing will be announced and advertised.

In other actions this week, the city council voted to approve the realignment of the north end of Fayard Street at Bay View, and to approve the residential structure at 132 St. Paul Avenue as a Biloxi Landmark.

The building permit was issued this week for the new Walmart Neighborhood Market to be located on Popp’s Ferry Road.  Building permit valuation for the project is $6 million dollars. The new structure will be 42,000 square feet, complete with a drive thru pharmacy. Also this week, a  $2.5 million dollar building permit was issued for IP Casino Resort to renovate 54 suites.

Sales tax revenues, for the month of August, exceeded $1 million dollars for the fifth time this year. This is the first time this has happened since 2005.


News and notes

City Desk: Chief Administrative Officer David Nichols discusses the city budget and other issues of the day, while Fire Chief Joe Boney and orchestra leader William Sackett preview this evening’s Fireman’s Ball and Saturday’s parade. To listen to the program, click here.

Financially speaking: The Biloxi City Council has two meetings Tuesday morning to discuss finances. The first begins at 10:30 a.m. and immediately after that meeting the council will discuss available funding for non-profit and social-service agencies. To see agendas for those two meetings, and agendas for past meetings, click here.

Development: The Development Review Committee, which oversees new construction in Biloxi, will review plans for a proposed deck addition at a Pass Road eatery when its meets next week.  To see the agenda for the meeting, click here.

Public meetings: To see the times, places and agendas for all public municipal meetings in Biloxi, click here.

Road work: To see the status for ongoing road work in Biloxi, click here.