Keesler closes Meadows gate, other precautions

Motorists trying to visit Keesler Air Force Base this morning found the Meadows Road gate closed and heavy, slow-moving traffic at the main gate on White Avenue. The limited access, announced Sunday, is part of the base’s increased health-protection protocol.

Keesler officials have closed access through its Meadows gate until further notice but the White Avenue and Pass Road gates are open 24 hours a day. Motorists should continue to expect longer wait times at the gates.

“This is something they have enforced,” Biloxi Police Chief John Miller said today. “We ask that motorists be patient, both those entering the base and those traveling near the Keesler gates.”

According to a statement listed this morning on the Keesler Air Force Base’s Facebook page, “Keesler Air Force Base is in Health Protection Condition (HPCON) Charlie in response to COVID-19.”

“These are tough times for our nation,” said Col. Heather Blackwell, commander of the 81st Training Wing. “These changes are an effort to keep Keesler’s posture in a proactive stance against the coronavirus.”
See details on the changes at KAFB
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Public safety messages: Biloxi’s Police and Fire chiefs have video messages from their respective departments for the people of Biloxi. To see the message from Police Chief John Miller, click here. To see the message from Fire Chief Joe Boney, click here.

The week that was: Last week, the Fire Department answered 113 calls for service, including 60 medical emergencies and five fires; the Police Department handled 1,934 calls for service; the Community Development Department issued 93 building permits with a construction valuation of more than $1.1 million; and the Engineering Department continued to progress on projects throughout the city.  To see the reports covering last week, click here. 

Community market: The Biloxi farmers market remains closed, but the city is working on a viable option to re-open the open-air market on Thursday, possibly to drive-through traffic only. More to come.

Council: The next scheduled meeting of the Biloxi City Council is Tuesday at 1:30 p.m.¬† The meeting will be streamed live on the city’s website. Only essential personnel allowed in audience. To see the agenda and supporting documents, click here. To visit the link where the council meeting will be streamed on Tuesday, click here.