New Biloxi Christmas ornament focuses on Howard Avenue

Biloxi Main Street has released its 21st Christmas ornament with the new collectable serving as a homage to “Historic Howard Avenue.”

The ornament features a rendering of the iconic Victorian-style, cupola-topped building at the corner of Howard Avenue and Lameuse Street, the current site of Ellzey’s Hardware on the ground floor and Dale Partners on the second floor. To the left of the Ellzey’s building is trolley tracks running down Howard Avenue and to the right is a trolley, two elements that serve as reminders of the electric railway service that ran through downtown Biloxi and along the Gulf Coast from 1905 to 1926.

The ornament was unveiled Wednesday during the Christmas Open House of Gallery 782, which is now at 773 Jackson St. 

“It’s a beautiful ornament that goes along with the mayor’s downtown restoration initiative,” Biloxi Main Street Director Kay Miller said.  “We used an old-fashioned photo that captures the Ellzey’s building, which is owned by and was once the site of The Peoples Bank, and of course we included the trolley car service, too.”

The ornament can be purchased for $20 at the Biloxi Visitors Center, 1050 Beach Blvd., the Bond Grant House, 932 Howard Ave., and at the Christmas in the City event, taking place along the Downtown Biloxi Rue Magnolia Art District on Saturday, Dec. 2.
See the Biloxi Main Street 2017 ornament
See the Christmas in the City flyer
City Desk:  Here more about the ornament and downtown Christmas happenings 
Buy previous ornaments


Time running out for 2017 Sailfish season

One of Biloxi’s trademark attractions, the Biloxi Shrimp Tour, is wrapping up its 2017 season next week, so the days are winding down for morning fishing trips inside Deer Island or to taking an educational cruise along the Biloxi channel.

The Sailfish, which operates daily from the Biloxi Small Craft Harbor, has its last cruise of the year on Wednesday at 1:30 p.m., and operations will not resume until February.

“We normally shut down the first week in December,” said Capt. Michael Moore, “but we are shutting down a week early so we can undergo our five-year Coast Guard inspection.”

Morning fishing just inside Deer Island will be offered daily from 8 to 11 a.m., and the afternoon excursions, a 70-minute trip where Moore drags a trawl and tells the story of the seafood caught and the history of Biloxi, takes place at 1:30 each afternoon.

The morning fishing is $38.30 a person, and the afternoon trips are $16 for adults or $11 for children.

“This has probably been the best year since we bought the boat 10 years ago,” said Moore, who owns the boat with his wife Brandi. “I think the weather was warmer earlier this year, which helped, and we had lots of visitors to Biloxi. I think it was synergy. That’s what I’m going to call it.

“It’s family friendly. It’s fun. It’s historical, and it’s interactive.”
Video No. 1: Take a tour on the Sailfish as it is today
Video No. 2: See the Sailfish and south Mississippi in a post-Katrina promotional video
See the Sailfish website


Thanksgiving will push garbage, trash pickups back a day

The Thanksgiving holiday on Thursday of next week means residents who normally get Thursday pickup of their garbage, trash and recycling will see their weekly pickup on Friday.

Residents who normally receive service on Friday will have their weekly service a day later, on Saturday.

All other service scheduled for Monday through Wednesday of next week will run as scheduled. 

If you have any questions or concerns about your pickups, call 228-701-9086. Once prompted, press 1 to speak with Team Waste about garbage or recycling collection or press 2 to speak with Pelican Waste about trash collection.


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