Media focuses on two-year mark; other news and notes

Media inquiries about Biloxi’s progress at the two-year point post-Katrina have increased in recent weeks.

The mayor’s office has been interviewed by reporters or producers for the Today Show, NBC News, ABC News,, Good Morning America, USA Today, the Las Vegas Review Journal, and the trade publications Condo Owner, Jackpot! and the Mississippi Business Journal.

“As expected, it’s not the massive interest that we dealt with on the first anniversary of the storm,” Mayor A.J. Holloway said, “but it’s a great story nonetheless.”

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News and notes

Treasure Bay rooms: Treasure Bay Casino Resort, which weeks ago expanded its casino and opened a new buffet, has announced that 91 of the rooms in its tower are now online. Seventy more rooms are scheduled to re-open by September and another 89 pool-terrace rooms are scheduled to be available by the end of the year. For a status report on all casinos, courtesy of the Gulf Coast Convention and Visitors Bureau, click here.

Ohr deal: The Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art, at 1596 Swetman St. in west Biloxi, will host a free reception Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. to honor artists in the “Diggin’ It” Juried Art Exhibit. Sixty pieces of art are on display, representing artists from the five Gulf Coast states. An awards ceremony will be at 6:30. Refreshments have been donated by Quality Seafood and Lazy Magnolia Brewing Co. Details: 228-374-5547.

Budget discussions: The Biloxi City Council has called a special meeting for Tuesday at 10 a.m. at City Hall to continue discussion of the FY ’08 municipal budget. The meeting is open to the public.