Fireworks-free east beach? What do you think?

The Fourth of July fireworks, of course, are still a few months away, but the City of Biloxi is already working on how to make this show more enjoyable in Biloxi.

The city is proposing to make the mile-long stretch of the beach between Oak Street and the Biloxi Small Craft Harbor a fireworks-free zone.

“For years, our business community, the City of Biloxi and volunteers have presented an outstanding fireworks show over the waterfront between Point Cadet and the Biloxi Small Craft Harbor,” Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich said. “This makes the beach between Oak Street and the harbor a natural amphitheater.

“This year, we’re proposing to make that stretch of beachfront a fireworks-free zone,” Gilich added. “No fireworks would be permitted on the beach between Oak Street and the Biloxi Small Craft Harbor.”

Meantime, you have a chance to be heard on this issue. What do you think, good idea or bad idea? There’s a poll on the front page of the city website.
Take part in the survey


Main Street to host Grillin’ on the Green

Dozens of teams are expected to participate for cash, prizes, and the bragging rights of best barbecue on the Coast Saturday when Main Street Biloxi hosts its tenth annual Grillin’ on the Green.

The events from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the Biloxi Town Green, 710 Beach Blvd. You’ll find mouth-watering barbecue, arts and crafts, and plenty of live music.

“This is one of the only barbecue competitions where the public has the opportunity to purchase the barbecue from the actual griller,” said Biloxi Main Street Director Kay Miller.  “We give our grillers the opportunity to sell their own barbecue during the event.”

The event will feature 23 grillers, 75 arts and crafts vendors, a children’s play area, live music by Rhythm & Rain, The Ty Taylor Band, and Barbara & Company and Grillin on the Green t-shirts.

“We held a T-shirt design contest earlier this year and the design winner was artist Tonya Hebert,” Miller said. “We will be selling the t-shirts during the event for $15.”

Admission to the event is free but there a $5 fee for entry to children’s area.
View the flyer


News and notes

Katrina sculptures: The Arbor Day Foundation’s Tree City USA Bulletin spotlighted Biloxi’s Katrina Sculpture Trail in a recent edition. To see the Biloxi article and photo from the newsletter, which is distributed to more than 2,200 industry professionals and Tree City members, click here. To learn more about the Sculpture Trail itself, click here.

Snapshots in time: The so-called north contract, that area of infrastructure work in east Biloxi north of the CSX railway, is at the halfway mark, with 1,295 days logged, and continues toward a current deadline of Feb. 19, 2018. You can see the most-recent updates on infrastructure work underway throughout the city on the Restore Biloxi page of the city website. To go there, click here.

Summer camp sign up:  Biloxi residents with children ages 5 to 14 may sign up for the city’s Summer Playground and Enrichment program on Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon at the Donal Snyder Community Center, 2520 Pass Rd.  To learn more, click here.