Natatorium, Snyder pools offer spring break hours

The City of Biloxi Aquatics Division will extend its recreational swimming hours to coincide with the spring break for Biloxi Public Schools.

From Monday, April 9 and through Friday, April 13 recreational swimming hours will be 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Biloxi Natatorium on Father Ryan Avenue, and 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Donal Snyder Community Center on Pass Road.

This will allow all ages, including children, 17 and younger, to enter both pools earlier then regular scheduled winter hours. Regular hours will resume Saturday, April 14.

Adult lap swimming hours remain the same: At the Natatorium, they are weekdays, 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday noon to 4 p.m., and at the Snyder Center they are Monday, Wednesday, and Friday 6 a.m. to 8 a.m., 10 a.m. to noon, 2 p.m. to 7 p.m.; Tuesday and Thursday, 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.

For more information about the city’s swimming pools and other aquatics programs, call 228-435-6205 or email

Police closely monitoring traffic at Baywood, Cedar Lake

Biloxi police have heightened patrols in two areas of the city, in the Baywood Drive-Ivy Hill Drive area and Cedar Lake Road as a result of reports of speeding motorists.

Maj. Charles Britt, the department’s patrol commander, reports that 59 motorists were cited in a six-day period near Cedar Lake Christian Assembly, but a radar survey in the area of Baywood and Ivy Hill drives found that very few motorists were exceeding the speed limit.

In fact, Britt said, data collected by the department’s portable radar unit found that the Bayvwood-Ivy Hill area saw 692 vehicles in a two-day period, with an average speed of 20.62 mph, with very few violators, “and the maximum speed recorded at only 33 mph,” eight miles over the 25 mph speed limit.

Said Britt: “This area is experiencing a very high traffic volume and the common perception is that the vehicles are moving faster than they really are.”

Britt, however, said officers would continue to monitor the Baywood and Cedar Lake areas.

Residents noticing any issues with motorists appearing to exceed the speed limit should e-mail or notify the Police Department at 435-6103.

News and notes

Good Friday: Non-emergency city offices and divisions will be closed Friday in observance of Good Friday.

Webcasting: Father Greg Barras of St. Michael Catholic Church in Biloxi updates “City Desk” listeners on rebuilding plans for the Point Cadet landmark church. To listen to the weekly webcast, which includes a report from Sgt. Jackie Rhodes of the Biloxi Police Department and other discussion of other city issues, click here.

Council meeting: The next scheduled meeting of the Biloxi City Council is Tuesday, April 17, at 1:30 p.m. at City Hall.

Meeting reminder: Representatives of FEMA, MEMA, the National Flood Insurance Program and the Mississippi Development Authority will answer questions from residents about construction in a flood zone during a meeting at 5:30 this evening in the Community Development Department auditorium, which is on MLK Boulevard in downtown Biloxi.