Music and more on tap this weekend

The Charlie Daniels Band, Daughtry, Creedence Clearwater Revisited are among the entertainers in town this weekend, and you’ll find “Disney’s Beauty and the Beast” on stage at Biloxi Little Theater.

Meantime, the Mississippi Coast Coliseum is also hosting public ice skating each weekend through Jan. 10.
See the entire weekend lineup


City Desk: Refugee issue, big vision for Biloxi and more

Big topics in this week’s City Desk podcast include Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich’s statement regarding speculation over Syrian refugees, the mayor’s unveiling of a broad list of possible initiatives for the city, and more.

The program features Chief Administrative Officer David Nichols, Moderator William Sackett and the city’s public affairs manager.
Listen to the 18-minute program


Council OKs vacation of Camille Street

By Jerry Creel, Community Development Director

This week in community development, the city council voted unanimously to approve the vacation of Camille Street, between Reynoir and Croesus Streets, and to accept the dedication of a portion of Croesus Street at Beach Boulevard for the purpose of making access improvements to the traffic intersection. This approval also included a land swap between the City, and Pegasus Development Group LLC. which will create a contiguous lot at Reynoir and Beach Boulevard to allow the construction of a luxury hotel.

Also this week, demolition began on the former Santa Maria Del Mar structure. The demolition is expected to take 2 months, and will include removing everything except the concrete superstructure. Architectural plans are being prepared for the conversion of the structure into a luxury hotel. The hotel brand will be announced at a future date. Building plans were submitted this week for 7 new single family houses.


News and notes

Weekly reports: Ever wonder about the volume and types of calls answered each week by the Biloxi Police and Fire departments, or the numbers of permits and issues handled by the Community Development Department? The questions will be answered in  a new Weekly Report published each Monday on the city website. Right now, it includes Police and Fire data, and Community Development numbers are in the works. To see the first couple of reports, click here.

Crime mapping: If you’ve ever wondered where crimes are occurring in the City of Biloxi, the Biloxi Police Department has an online map that can give you the info, as well as allow you to get a heads up on activity in your neighborhood. To see the CrimeMapping page, click here.

Christmas in the City: The Biloxi Main Street office is offering free Christmas in the City booth space for non-profit groups and downtown businesses.  Christmas in the City takes place Saturday, Dec. 5. To see the registration form for eligible free booth space, click here.

City Council: The next scheduled meeting of the Biloxi City Council will be Tuesday, Dec. 1 at 6 p.m.

Old 67 closure: Reminder, a section of Old Highway 67 will be closing for a month beginning at 9 a.m. Monday to allow city contractors to install sewer lines. To see the Public Works Traffic Update, showing the status of streets and drainage work throughout the city, click here.