Flo Rida tour stops at MGM Park tonight

Pop and hip hop music icon Flo Rida’s 2015 GDFR (“Goin’ Down For Real”) World Tour rolls into MGM Park tonight. Gates to the park open at 8 p.m., according to promoter Tim Bennett.

Tickets for the show, which is sponsored by Overtime Sports and Driven Entertainment, begin at $25, and are still available. The show is being presented by Bud Light and American Star Vodka.

Flo Rida, the multi-award winning artist, is scheduled to perform his most popular chart topping songs, including the 2015 summer hits “Goin Down For Real” and “I Don’t Like It, I Love It.”

Also on the bill for the show will be Gorilla Zoe and rising pop sensation Natalie Rose, who has charted two hits in 2015, “Somebody” and “All Around the World.”

Local Biloxi native and rising DJ/ Producer, DJ Hyphee, will open up the show from the main stage.

Elsewhere this weekend: Neil Sedaka is at IP,  “The Lady in Question” is at Center Stage, the Veterans Day Parade rolls Saturday in Gulfport, and the Peter Anderson Arts & Crafts Festival is in Ocean Springs.
See the entire weekend lineup


Main Street to host an open house at Slay House

Attention business owners!  Biloxi Main Street is presenting a new opportunity for a local business to become part of the downtown shopping district by leasing the historic Slay House.

An open house will be held this evening at the house from 5 to 8 at 128 Rue Magnolia.  Main Street will be accepting applications for a new retail business.  This is part of a continuing effort to revitalize the Vieux Marche and Rue Magnolia area and encourage entrepreneurs.

“Biloxi is undergoing something of a retail renaissance downtown, and we want to assist anyone interested in joining the area’s long overdue rebirth,” said Biloxi Main Street Director Kay Miller.

The Slay House is situated along a row of historic homes on a shaded pedestrian walkway near Mary Mahoney’s Restaurant, Merit Health and a Coast Transit Authority trolley stop. The House was named for one of its previous owners and was donated to the city by the estate of the developer Al Copeland.  The Slay House was originally at the corner of Reynoir and Jackson streets, south of Merit Health, and was moved to its current site in January 2010.

According to the city book “The Buildings of Biloxi: An Architectural Survey,” the home was built between 1893 and 1898 and has a bracketed overhang across the main façade.  “Such overhangs,” the book said, “are numerous in New Orleans, but this is one of two extant examples in Biloxi.”

Applications will be available weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Friday, Nov. 13 at the Biloxi Main Street office, at the corner of Howard Avenue and Bohn Street.  A committee will review and accept the best business proposal. Details: 228-435-6339.


Biloxi Police recognize the best in blue

Leaders of the Biloxi Police Department commended several officers, civilian workers and residents during the department’s quarterly awards ceremony this morning.

Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich and Police Chief John Miller presented awards during the ceremony, which was hosted by the VFW Post 2434.

Supervisors of the Quarter were Michael Brennan and Darren Lea; Vickie Lee was named Officer of Quarter, while Will Tannehill was named Civilian of Quarter, and Julie Parks was honored as Citizen of Quarter.

Awards also were presented to Officers of the Month Vickie Lee (July), Eli Humphrey (July), Joey Payne (August), Bryan Wallace (August) and Michael Davis (September).

Certificates of Commendation were presented to Justin Branning, Jackie Owensby and Desiree Hernandez. Former Biloxi Police Officer Michael Goldsworthy was also cited for his work on the department’s procedures manual.

Representatives of the U.S. Marine Corps were on hand to commend officers who helped coordinate a Marine Corps 911 Run on the Biloxi Bay Bridge. Those recognized were Tim McKaig, Bryant Vincent, Kit Manning and Keith Garner.
See photos from the ceremony


News and notes

Developing issues: This week’s Community Development report has information on proposed changes at Camille and U.S. 90, and Planning Commission action on the ongoing short-term rental issue. To read this week’s report, click here.

City Desk: Chief Administrative Officer David Nichols discusses the revisions that will be made in future infrastructure contracts in this week’s City Desk program. To listen, click here.

Internet initiative: Biloxi residents and businesses will soon be receiving a postcard with information on the initiative to bring ultra-high speed Internet service to the community. To see an online presence for the intiative, which answers frequently asked quesitons about the issue, click here.

City Council: The next scheduled City Council meeting will be Tuesday at 1:30 p.m. at Biloxi City Hall. To see the agenda, click here.

HUD visit: Officials from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development dropped by the Biloxi Visitors Center and Lighthouse Park last week to see how the city had spent Katrina rebuilidng funds. To see photos from the visit, which was coordinated by the Mississippi Development Authority and hosted by Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich, click here.

Seniors Night: Biloxi takes on archrival Gulfport this evening in a high school football game on the Biloxi campus. It’s also Seniors Night, where Biloxi High School senior players, cheerleaders, managers and trainers will be recognized in a cermeony before the 7 p.m. game.