Program manager update: Meeting attracts dozens of firms

More than 75 individuals representing more than three dozen firms attended a City Hall meeting this week to hear more about the city’s plan to hire a firm to oversee a massive overhaul of the city’s storm-damaged infrastructure.

The meeting included an overview by city representatives, as well as a question-and-answer session.

“We were pleased with the turnout at the meeting,” City Engineer Damon Torricelli said. “We also realized that there were going to be some questions that would require some clarifications or amplification in the city’s request for qualifications, which we are providing now.”

Updated info

Q&A: To see questions and answers from the meeting, click here.

Clarifications: To see clarifications that have been made to the RFQ as a result of the meeting, click here.

Updated RFQ: To see the updated RFQ — including the clarifications and Q&A — click here.

Background: To read background on the project, click here.

Habitat gearing up for Carter project

Habitat for Humanity staffers and volunteers are framing homes in the parking area south of the Biloxi Lighthouse as part of the Habitat for Humanity Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Work Project.

The five-day event from May 11-16, 2008 will serve to construct and rehabilitate 60 houses and frame up to 48 more in the host cities of Biloxi, Gulfport and Pascagoula, among other locations.

For more about the Habitat drive,
click here.

Weekend preview: Liza Minelli and Jimmy Dean

Among this weekend’s entertainment offerings, you’ll Liza Minelli appearing this evening at the Beau Rivage Resort & Casino, and Center Stage raising the curtain on “Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean.”

To see the complete list of this weekend’s entertainment lineup, as compiled by the Mississippi Gulf Coast Convention and Visitors Bureau, click here.

News and notes

Torricelli TV: City Engineer Damon Torricelli discusses the city’s plan to undertake the largest public works project in the history of the city in an appearance on “WLOX News This Week,” airing Saturday at 6 p.m. on WLOX-TV.

Next council meeting: The Biloxi City Council’s next scheduled meeting is Tuesday, May 20 at 1:30 p.m. at City Hall.

Fresh photos: To see photos from the “Thursdays in May” tour of the Biloxi City Cemetery, click here.