Our beaches: One of the Top 10 picks for Memorial Day

The beaches of the Mississippi Gulf Coast have been chosen by an online travel adviser as one of the country’s Top 10 beach destinations to check out this Memorial Day weekend, behind only Hilton Head, S.C., and Hermosa Beach, Calif, and ahead of beaches in Hawaii, Florida and the Northeast.

“Sailboats, casinos and spectacular beaches await you on Mississippi’s Gulf Coast this Memorial Day weekend,” said the www.cheapflights.com story, which was carried by the London-based Reuters News Agency and picked up by the Los Angeles Times.

“The recovering seaside region has made wonderful strides in the past few years,” the survey continued, “and is burgeoning with festivities the whole family will enjoy.”

The listing mentioned the All-Harley Memorial Day Blowout, as well as charter boat fishing by day or the area casinos at night.

“This is the kind of stuff we need to remind the nation’s travelers that we are here, ready and willing,” said Biloxi Mayor A.J. Holloway. “This is a third-party endorsement of something we’ve known all along, that we have a great destination that’s also an affordable destination.”

See the list: To see the complete list of the Top 10 beaches for Memorial Day, according to www.cheapflights.com, click here.

Make your plans: If you or someone you now is planning a visit to Biloxi and the Mississippi Gulf Coast, check out the video invitations and links to visitor amenities on the Biloxi web site. Just click here.

Weekend preview: Community theater and a diversity of live music

As usual, you’ll find myriad activities designed to suit a diversity of tastes this weekend.

Among the notables are “Inherit the Wind”
continues its run at Biloxi Little Theater, Anthony Cools is at the Beau Rivage, Kris Kristofferson plays the IP, Whitesnake performs at Hard Rock, and the Isle hosts country star Heidi Newfield.

You’ll also find Smokin’ the Lake and the Bay Bridgefest this weekend, and the always popular Biloxi Shrimping Tour, which these days sails at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 and 3:30 p.m. from the Biloxi Small Craft Harbor.

To see details on these offerings and a host of others, click here.

‘City Desk’ webcast fills the Bill: A little something about everything

Bill Raymond, the city staffer who has a hand in a number of high-profile city projects and initiatives, guests on this week’s “City Desk” webcast.

During the 16-minute program, Raymond discusses the recently approved downtown facade grants, the month-long Thursdays in May preservation series, and the status of the Lighthouse Park and Visitors Center, and the Biloxi Library and Civic Center.

To listen to “City Desk,”
click here.

News and notes

Preservation photos: To see photos from the Thursdays in May program at Biloxi Public Schools, click here.

Council preview: The Biloxi City Council on Tuesday will consider measures involving renovating the pool at the Donald M. Snyder Sr. Community Center in west Biloxi, and adding more time to construction of the Ohr-O’Keefe Welcome Center, and the Lighthouse Park and Visitors Center. To see the complete agenda and available resolutions, click here.

Tisdale finale: Biloxi Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Paul A. Tisdale, who ends his 32-year career with Biloxi schools at the end of June, guests on the WLOX “4 O’Clock Show” this afternoon. Meantime, you can read Tisdale’s final address to faculty and staff from Thursday by clicking here.