Gilich: We dare to have a vision and a plan

“There’s no doubt we like to have fun when we can,” Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich said of Thursday night’s premiere of the 2021 State of the City, “but I hope people also took note of the tremendous program of work and promise that we have here in Biloxi.”

During the 26-minute presentation, which is available on the front page of the city’s web site, Gilich outlines a host of accomplishments in all areas of the city. At one point, the mayor is joined by Biloxi Fire Chief Joe Boney, Biloxi Police Chief John Miller and their respective department canines. At another point, the mayor looks back on his State of the City presentation delivered at the outset of 2020 (“What could go wrong?”).

To be sure, the coronavirus and the impact it has had on municipal operations is a significant part of the presentation, but Gilich also used the occasion to tout the day-to-day work of city departments and divisions while outlining major economic development in Biloxi, “even in a pandemic.”
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News & notes: Holiday schedule, council, road closures, food donation

Holiday closing: All non-emergency municipal offices in Biloxi will be closed on Monday in observance of Presidents Day. For city employees, the Presidents Day holiday this year replaces the Fat Tuesday holiday, which would have been, of course, Tuesday.

Mardi Gras: Mayor Gilich, in his State of the City presentation online this weekend, mentions the decision to cancel Mardi Gras, but here’s your chance to go to the parades, pre-pandemic. See a quick recap of the 2020 parades by clicking here.

City Council: The next scheduled meeting of the Biloxi City Council is Tuesday, Feb. 23. You can see replays of previous council meetings on the city’s YouTube page or on BTV each day at 9, 3 and 9.

Intersection to close: Beginning Monday, the intersection of Oak and 4th streets will be closed for the week while Lane Construction installs storm drain pipes. To see more on road work throughout the city, click here.

Food donation: The City of Biloxi is requesting donations of cans of tuna as part of the March of the Mayors food drive.  The cans can be dropped off at Biloxi City Hall, the Donal Snyder Community Center, the Lopez Quave Public Safety Center or any one of Biloxi’s 10 fire stations. For more information, including location hours, click here.