Main Street plans events Saturday; other news and notes

Biloxi Main Street will host a day of free activities Saturday on the Biloxi Town Green, including the inaugural Grillin’ on the Green, where backyard barbecue enthusiasts will have a chance to show off their culinary skills.

The day will kick off at 10 a.m. with the city’s annual Bunny Day and Easter Egg hunt. Children’s games and pictures with the Easter Bunny will be among the attractions.

From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Main Street kicks off its Second Annual Spring Arts and Crafts Festival, which this year will feature local residents participating in the inaugural Grillin’ on the Green. The Rochelle Harper Band and Rhythm ‘n’ Rain will entertain.

“We’re going to have about 50 craftsmen on the Town Green Saturday, along with a number of food booths, including pusharatas from the Slavonian Ladies Auxiliary,” said Main Street director Kay Miller. “It should be a great day with something for everyone.”

To print a two-page flier about the event, click here.

Hotel upgrade, condo conversions among council issues Tuesday

The Biloxi City Council on Tuesday will consider measures to allow the 99-room Holiday Inn in west Biloxi to upgrade to a Crown Plaza Hotel, and separate requests to convert the former Gulf Beach Resort Hotel and Gulf Towers Apartments to condominiums.

The council’s meeting, which begins at 1:30 p.m. at City Hall, includes a request by Mayor A.J. Holloway for approval of a $328,000 contract for engineering and design for the reconstruction of Howard Avenue from Myrtle Street to MLK Boulevard. The design would use existing rights of way.

Among the other 19 measures on the agenda is a council measure to provide an additional $25,000 in funding for the Maritime and Seafood Industry Museum.

To read the entire agenda and available resolutions, click here.

Background on the issues of rebuilding

On this week’s City Desk webcast, Community Development Director Jerry Creel answers questions from Bay Press Editor Gene Coleman. Among the topics: the recent approval of the Isle of Capri’s amended master plan, a flood insurance mailout scheduled for last week and an overall status report on residential re-construction.

To listen to the program, which was taped Thursday, click here.

Parks and Recreation rolls out new web site

The City’s Parks and Recreation Department, which maintains recreation facilities throughout the city and provides activities for all ages, has upgraded its section of the city web site.

The new mini-site, which makes it debut today, can be accessed by clicking on Parks and Recreation on the front page of the city web site, or you can do directly to it now by clicking here.