Motoring tips, music, Margaritaville, and more

Motoring tips: Be patient and in no hurry

Lt. Jim Adamo of the Biloxi Police Department offers tips for motorists traveling roadways in and around Biloxi this weekend: Be patient, drive defensively and give yourself plenty of time.

Adamo dropped by this week’s City Desk webcast to discuss traffic slowdowns brought on by the continuing work on the I-110 highrise, and during his visit he also spoke about goings on in the Biloxi Police Department.

To listen to the 21-minute program, which begins with a quick preview of upcoming public meetings, click here.

Weekend preview: Music dominates the scene

Funny man Tim Allen headlines at the IP this weekend, but elsewhere it’s all music: You’ll find Gretchen Wilson at the Hard Rock, Rain: A Tribute to the Beatles at the Beau Rivage, and the Music as a Weapon Tour — featuring Disturbed, Korn, Sevendust and In This Moment — at the Coast Coliseum.

For details on these events and others, courtesy of listings from the Mississippi Gulf Coast Convention and Visitors Bureau, click here.

Margaritaville gets support from Planning, now headed to City Council

The proposed Margaritaville casino sailed through the Biloxi Planning Commission on Thursday, with commissioners voting 14-0 to recommend approval of the 60,000-square-foot facility.

The Jimmy Buffett-themed proposal will be on the City Council agenda on Feb. 15 — the council does not meet next week — and developers hope to begin construction shortly after getting a green light from the Mississippi Gaming Commission. The ultimate goal: Open doors on the $48 million facility by the end of the year, 10 months from now.

Sure, it’s quick, but it’s taken some work to get to this point, says Biloxi lawyer Michael Cavanaugh.

“In many cases, developers will announce a project and get local approvals before they go looking for financing,” Cavanaugh said. In this case, developer Tom Brosig quietly began working on financing about a year ago.

Said Cavanaugh: “He had all of that done before he came forward with the project. He’d done a lot of hard work before any public filings were necessary or required. Everyone’s pleased with the progress so far, but don’t get the idea that it all occurred overnight.”

News and notes

State of the City: This year’s State of the City luncheon appears well on its way to a capacity crowd of 650. Less than 100 tickets remain for annual address, which Mayor A.J. Holloway will deliver on Feb. 28 during a Biloxi Bay Chamber of Commerce luncheon at the Beau Rivage Resort & Casino. Tickets — at $30 each, or a table of 10 for $300 — are available by contacting the chamber at 435-6149 or

Making history: The Mississippi Coast Historical & Genealogical Society will sponsor the 21st annual Mississippi Coast History Week Feb. 21-23. For details on how you can be involved in the free event, click here.

Traffic update: For the latest on road work in and around the city, click here.