Holloway speaks to baseball, street work and more

Mayor A.J. Holloway talked baseball, road work and trees this morning during the Biloxi Chamber’s Breakfast with the the Mayor session.

Holloway noted that Tuesday’s vote by the City Council expressing intent to borrow $21 million for construction of a baseball stadium is one of many steps in the process. Said the mayor: “There are still questions to be answered and details to be worked out — and made public — before we go further.”

Holloway also noted that the council is considering $14 million in streets and drainage work that would augment the $355 million in federally-funded infrastructure work.

The work underway now reached a milestone last week when construction began on the biggest project to date, a $9 million, 545-day project that will involve 16 streets and impact more than 600 homes, between Kensington Drive and Benachi Avenue on Back Bay.

The mayor also noted that the city has saved many trees by re-locating water or sewer lines, but large projects will impact trees.

“We appreciate the charm and appeal of Kensington and the Back Bay neighborhoods, with their stately oaks and beautiful canopies,” the mayor said. “We are going to do everything we can to preserve that look — on Back Bay and throughout our city.

During the morning session, Edgewater Mall announced that a ribbon cutting ceremony would be held Friday at 10 a.m. for Men’s Wearhouse, a 6,500 square-foot store near the south entrance of Edgewater Mall between Sears and Books-A-Million.

Photos: To see photos from the Biloxi Chamber’s Breakfast with the Mayor gathering this morning, click here.

Text: To read the prepared text of Mayor A.J. Holloway’s presentation, click here.

News and notes

Downtown forum: A group of downtown merchants will stage a Ward 2 political forum next week in Margaret Tremmel Peresich Park to offer a chance for Ward 2 candidates to speak to downtown issues. To read more about the forum, which is free and open to the public, click here.

Beauvoir trees: Beauvoir on May 22 will host a free session — lunch included — on how to care for trees. The session is geared for anyone charged with caring for trees on public or private property. To read details on the session, click here.