Parade highlights entertainment-filled weekend

More than 1,900 marchers are scheduled to be a part of the Gulf Coast Veterans Day parade on Saturday in downtown Biloxi, and you’ll also be able to see a host of arts and crafts vendors and military displays in a “Red, White and Blue on the Green” gathering on the Town Green.

The parade begins at 11 a.m. at the north end of Caillavet Street and will make its way to City Hall, where reviewing stands have been erected. Meantime, the Town Green festival begins at 10 a.m. and runs throughout the afternoon.

Elsewhere, there’s the Southern Kingfish Association National Championship tournament, with about 200 fishing teams gathering at the Point Cadet Marina this weekend, the Ron Meyers Christmas City Gift Show at the Coast Coliseum, “The Heiress” at Center Stage, and, yes, it’s Finally Friday in downtown Biloxi.
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See Biloxi Public Schools Veterans Day events


On trees, short-term rentals and Hurricane Hunters

In this week’s City Desk webcast, Chief Administrative Officer David Nichols discusses two issues being considered by the Biloxi City Council — the city’s tree-protection ordinance and the proliferation of short-term rentals — and you’ll get a chance to meet a member of the world-famous Hurricane Hunters. ¬†While the hurricane season may have seemed quiet for Biloxi residents, it was a busy one for Hurricane Hunters.
Listen to the City Desk webcast
Read Arborist Eric Nolan’s explanation of the tree ordinance


Review continues for Hyatt, medical office

By Jerry Creel, Community Development Director

This week in economic development, we are continuing to review the building construction plans for the proposed Hyatt Place Hotel, to be located on Beach Boulevard. We are also completing the building plans review for Dr. Michael Diaz’ Office and Surgical Center, to be constructed on Tommy Munro Boulevard. Earlier this week we issued a $200,000.00 renovation permit for the proposed Fuji Japanese Steakhouse to be located in the former Al Fresco’s Restaurant location in Edgewater Village. Building permits were also issued for two new single family homes. This week, we have issued 54  building permits with a total construction valuation of one million dollars.  As of the end of October, we are averaging $10.6 million dollars in construction valuation per month.


Katrina sculptor to showcase, sell works in Visitors Center

Most people know Marlin Miller as the sculptor who created the majority of the works of art in the Katrina Sculpture Trail on U.S. 90, and you’ll get a chance to meet Miller and see the broad range of his work in what Biloxi Visitors Center manager Bill Raymond is terming a “pop up gallery” opening next week in the Visitors Center.
Read more about the event and see background on the sculpture trail


News and notes

Council meetings: The next scheduled meetings of the Biloxi City Council are Tuesday, Nov. 18, when the council holds its regular meeting at 1:30 p.m. with another meeting immediately afterward to continue discussing the city’s tree-protection ordinance. Both meetings are open to the public and will be at City Hall.

The agendas:¬†To see the lineup of public municipal meetings in Biloxi — days, times, locations — with links to archives of available agendas,¬†click here.

Road work: To see the lineup of the massive amount of work underway on the streets and infrastructure of Biloxi, click here.

Community Calendar: This month’s Community Calendar has details on a diverse collection of activities. To see the calendar, click here.

Hiller Park pooches:¬†¬†A doggie festival — complete with talent, agility, fashion and appearance contests and an outdoor movie for the occasion, “Hotel for Dogs” — takes place Nov. 15 at Hiller Park. For details,¬†click here.

Feed the Needy: Know someone who needs a meal for Thanksgiving, or can you donate your time to help feed the needy? To get involved, click here.

CTA and parade: Coast Transit is adjusting its downtown Biloxi transfer point since access to the Biloxi Transit Center will be restricted Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 1:40 p.m., during the Veterans parade. To see the plan, click here.

Beauvoir goes Scottish: Beauvoir will host the two-day Scottish Highland Games and Celt Music Festival next weekend.  To read the details and see a map of the layout, click here.

Get the picture: Images of recent events are on the city’s Facebook platforms. Just click a link to see them: Photos of fire at Westwick Apartments last weekend, video of firefighters accessing the Westwick rooftop, photos from the City Council meetings Tuesday, and images of the group that assembled for a 9-year-old bike rider on a cross-country mission.