Police to open satellite office at mall; other news and notes

Members of the Biloxi Police Department will hold a grand opening on Saturday for a new satellite office at Edgewater Mall.

The public is invited to attend the 10 a.m.-to-2 p.m. affair, which will be similar to the department’s annual Night Out Against Crime and will feature free hamburgers, hot dogs, soft drinks, activities for children, and displays from the department’s canine unit, bomb squad, dive team and other police divisions.

The satellite office, which is on the west side of the mall north of Dillard’s, “will increase the visibility of the police department at a major retail outlet,” said Police Chief Bruce Dunagan. “It’s a self-contained office with a number of work stations that will allow officers 24 hours access to do a lot of work that they normally would have had to come downtown to do. In short, it saves time and money, and allows the officers to spend more time in their patrol area.”

The office, which will not be manned, will be used as circumstances dictate, Dunagan said, and also will offer space for officers to meet with citizens.

“This is not a mall security office,” the chief said. “The mall has its own security. This is primarily a satellite work station for our officers.”

Weather Service issues advisory for Wednesday

Biloxi and the surrounding area couldexperience winds of 25 to 35 mph with gusts of up to 40 mph by midday Wednesday as an area of surface low pressure is expected to develop over the western Gulf of Mexico today and move northeasterly.

Also expected are widespread rain and tides rising as much as 2 to 3 feet.

For a detailed forecast, click here.

News and notes

Christmas trees: To see sculptor Marlin Miller’s latest works of art on Beach Boulevard in Biloxi — two sailfish, including one being threatened by a shark, sculpted the weekend before Christmas —
click here.

Council reminder: The Biloxi City Council meets this afternoon at 1:30 at City Hall. To review the agenda for the meeting, click here.