Mayor discusses Popp’s Ferry, development at chamber gathering

Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich addressed a Biloxi Chamber audience this morning during the last Breakfast with the Mayor event of 2023. During the breakfast at the Edgewater Mall, Mayor Gilich spoke on future projects and praised continuous development in the city.

Gilich opened his presentation in the food court with one of his top priorities, the Popp’s Ferry Extension. “I could talk for 15 minutes on this topic,” Mayor Gilich said. “We are planning to bid the project soon with the completion of the project in a year or so once the work begins.”

The Popp’s Ferry extension will extend Popp’s Ferry Road to Beach Boulevard west of the Coast Coliseum. This connection will help with future funding for building a new Popp’s Ferry bridge. In the meantime, Mayor Gilich said, the city will soon replace the draw span and the locks on the Popp’s Ferry bridge. In October, the Biloxi City Council approved an agreement with the Mississippi Department of Transportation for a $12 million grant with a $3 million dollar match from the city to complete the project.

Mayor Gilich also spoke about the floating docks project underway at the Point Cadet Marina and of a future project to upgrade two other docks at the Marina. He also addressed the status of the Saenger Theatre. The next phase, yet to take place, will be to resurface the theater floor and repair or replace some of the theater chairs. The city is also looking at bringing in a company to oversee events at the Saenger, the Biloxi Civic Center, and city events MGM Park.

Mayor Gilich closed by praising a host of developments such as the current construction of the cottages on Caillavet Street immediately south of Quality Seafood, the Barqs building on Howard Avenue, and the completed development of the Popp’s Ferry Pickleball restrooms and pavilion, Slim Chickens, and Toasted Yolk.
See images from the Breakfast

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