Juneteenth among weekend’s entertainment offerings

It’s another diverse weekend, with the city’s Juneteenth celebration, mixed-martial arts fighting at the IP, performances by comedian Drew Carey (IP) and rockers Tesla (Hard Rock) all on tap this weekend.

Juneteenth, a celebration that originated in Galveston in 1865 to commemorate the end of slavery, will be marked Saturday from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Kroc Center, 575 Division St. A neighborhood picnic will begin at 5:30 p.m., a gospel sing-off at 6:30 p.m., and other activities for children and adults.

To see the overall weekend entertainment lineup, as compiled by the Mississippi Gulf Coast Convention and Visitors Bureau, click here.

Council to consider moving forward with stadium proposal

Mayor A.J. Holloway on Tuesday will ask the Biloxi City Council to take another step toward borrowing $21 million to help fund construction of a $35 million baseball stadium on a downtown site the city would lease from the Beau Rivage Resort & Casino.

Holloway’s request anticipates that no significant opposition will have been presented against the idea, and, as a result, the council should authorize the issuance of general obligation bonds.

The spending measure is one of 16 issues expected to be discussed during the council meeting, which will begin at 1:30 Tuesday afternoon at City Hall.

With Tuesday’s meeting, incidentally, councilmembers have only one remaining meeting, on June 25, before five new councilmembers are inaugurated on July 1.

To see the complete agenda and supporting documents for Tuesday, click here.

News and notes

Webcasting: Chief Administrative Officer David Nichols discusses the proposed downtown baseball stadium, and the city is planning another of its continuing series of neighborhood infrastructure meetings. To listen to the 13-minute program, click here.

Statue: Work has begun to return the statue of the explorer D’Iberville to its pre-Katrina site north of the Biloxi Lighhtouse. The statue will be situated just west of the Biloxi Visitors Center, and workers expect to have the project completed in November. To see the statue as it appeared days after Katrina, click here.

Beach fest photos: To see photos from Thursday’s Beach Fest, click here.

Traffic update: To see the latest report on road construction in and around the city,
click here.