Main Street to host ‘The Pirates’ on Town Green

“The Pirates” will be taking over the Town Green Saturday when Main Street presents another in its series of outdoor “drive-in movies.”

The 2012 animated movie – which features the voices of Hugh Grant, Salma Hayek and Jeremy Piven – tells the story of Pirate Captain, who sets out on a mission to defeat his rivals Black Bellamy and Cutlass Liz for the Pirate of the Year Award.

The movie begins at dusk, but activities will kick off at 6 p.m., with door prizes, and such pirate activities as a giant water slide and children’s games. Those attending are encouraged to bring a blanket or lawnchair.

Admission is one canned good or laundry detergent, which will be donated to the Salvation Army community kitchen. Popcorn and snacks will be available for a nominal fee.
See  “The Priates” trailer


City Desk webcast: Nichols on baseball

Biloxi Chief Administrative Officer David Nichols discusses the challenges facing the construction of MGM Park at Beau Rivage in this week’s City Desk webcast, and a surprise guest showed up for the program this morning: Bobby Eleuterius, the Biloxi native and longtime Harrison County supervisor who now serves as D’Iberville’s city manager.
Listen to the 13-minute program


Weekend preview: It’s an Ohrdeal, Podners

The Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art hits a milestone Saturday with a daylong celebration to commemorate the opening of one of its iconic pods. Elsewhere in this weekend’s entertainment lineup, you’ll find  Neil Sedaka at the IP,  “Play On” at Biloxi Little Theater, and “Saltoriya” at Beau Rivage.
See details and the complete weekend lineup


City Council to meet twice Tuesday

Members of the Biloxi City Council are expected to consider issues involving two casino resorts — IP and Treasure Bay — and a tax-break for McElroy’s Harbor House Restaurant when they conduct their regularly scheduled meeting Tuesday afternoon at 1:30.

However, councilmembers will actually begin their day at City Hall at 10 a.m., with a public briefing that will focus on several economic development issues: a review of plans for spurring development on Caillavet Street and in other areas of the city, plans to handle vehicular and pedestrian traffic expected to be generated by the downtown baseball stadium; and an update of past economic development initiatives, including the city’s comprehensive plan, the post-Katrina Reviving the Renaissance effort, and results from a firm, the Buxton group, that the city hired to help attract new businesses.

During the afternoon meeting, Treasure Bay will be seeking approval to amend its master plan to construct a new parking area west of the west Biloxi casino, while IP is seeking city permission to permanently close the northern ends of Anglada and Fayard streets. McElroy’s is seeking a break on city property taxes as part of the city’s post-Katrina recovery program. 

Also on the agenda Tuesday: an update from Leigh Jaunsen, architect of MGM Park at Beau Rivage, the downtown baseball stadium and entertainment venue; a presentation honoring the Asgard Motorcycle Club; and Tidelands grant applications for improvements at Hiller Park and Parker’s Creek Landing.
See the economic development meeting agenda
See the afternoon meeting agenda


Development report: Big crowds for Level, Kress Live openings

By Jerry Creel, Community Development Director

This week in economic development, we saw the very successful opening of both the “Level Lounge” and “Kress Live” in the Vieux Marche’. The downtown parking lots were filled to capacity and the Police Department reported that everything went very smooth.

In other news this week, the Development Review Committee reviewed the site plan for the “Flipside Bar and Grill” to be located on Caillavet Street. DRC also reviewed the final site plan for the Arbor Landing Apartment Complex on Popp’s Ferry Road.

The Architectural Historical Review Commission approved the building designs for the new Sal and Mookie’s Restaurant to be located on Lameuse Street. Contractors have installed the footing/foundation for the new “Reef Restaurant” on Beach Boulevard. Also, the Planning Commission has four cases scheduled for public hearings for next Thursday.

Lastly this week, the Community Development Department issued 96 building permits with a total construction valuation $ 2.2 million dollars.


News and notes

Working on the railway: Next week, CSX plans to temporarily close rail crossings at Veterans and White avenues, and you can expect to see closings later at Debuys and Rodenburg. The Public Works Department’s Traffic Update has the schedule and details on the rail crossing undertaking and other road work, including a project on Eisenhower Drive.  To see the Traffic Update, click here.

Public hearing: The city’s Community Development Department will conduct a public hearing for residents to comment on a plan to use funds to construct a four- to six-unit rental complex for homeless veterans, and to initiate a rental assistance program for qualified homeless families with children. To see the public notice, click here.

DRC agenda: There’s one item scheduled to be on the agenda for next week’s Development Review Committee agenda, a development known as Popp’s Ferry Plaza, at Vee Street. To see the online agenda, click here.

Public meetings: Incidentally, you can find the times, locations and agendas for regularly scheduled municipal meetings in the Public Meetings section of the city web site. To go that section now, click here.

Community briefing: Residents in east Biloxi who live north of the CSX railway from just west of I-110 to Point Cadet, the city’s massive infrastructure project is coming to your area.  Next week, the city will be mailing notice of an upcoming community meeting so residents can learn about this history-making phase of the massive project. To read more about the project and the July 24 meeting, click here.