Katrina: Milestones and memories; other news and notes

Nearly 200 residents, schoolchildren and state and federal authorities turned out this morning for the city’s trio of milestones — ground-breaking ceremonies for the Lighthouse Park and Visitors Center, and the downtown library and cultural center, and the ribbon-cutting for the new Howard Avenue.

To see photos from the ground-breaking ceremonies, click here.

To see before-and-after photographs and background on the Howard Avenue project, click here.

To see other events taking place this evening and Saturday morning to mark the fourth anniversary of Katrina,
click here.

Council meets Monday afternoon, Tuesday morning and night

The Biloxi City Council plans to discuss proposed increases in the city’s water and sewer rates during a budget session on Monday at 1:30 p.m. The meeting will be at City Hall and is open to the public.

To see background on the rate issue, and to see an analysis of the city’s rates,
click here.

The council will resume budget discussions Tuesday morning at 9:30, before holding a 6 p.m. meeting that features an agenda of more than a dozen issues.

The council is meeting Tuesday night to allow citizens an opportunity to comment on the FY 2010 municipal budget, which ordinarily takes effect Oct. 1.

To see the complete agendas for the three meetings and to read available resolutions, click here.

News and notes

Weekend preview: Among the entertainment offerings this weekend are George Jones performing this evening at the IP, and “Sordid Lives” on the boards at BLT. To read about these events and others,
click here.

Katrina sculpture: When Mayor A.J. Holloway, MEMA Director Mike Womack and local clergy members gather for the Katrina memorial observance on Saturday morning at 8, the ceremony also will include the unveiling of “Marlin’s marlin,” the 24-foot sculpture on the Town Green. To see progress that was made Thursday and this morning, click here.

On the shelves: Souvenir City, the west beach gift shop, is the latest vendor to offer the city’s “Katrina & Biloxi” DVD and photo album. The compilation, which sells for $20, is also available at Tickled Pink, the gift shop at Mary Mahoney’s; and all public libraries in Harrison County. To purchase online, click here.

Football reminder: The Biloxi High Indians face St. Martin tonight in a game that will be played on the Biloxi campus, but is actually a home game for St. Martin. All spectators — including Biloxi students and season ticketholders — will be required to pay an admission fee.