Saints, Shuckers storm into Biloxi today

Reggie Bush, Mayor Gilich, and Marques Colston

The Saints Hall of Famers have arrived. Today, they’re on the golf course, and later today they’ll be at MGM Park and with the Biloxi Shuckers.

Newly anointed New Orleans Saints Hall of Famers Reggie Bush and Marques Colston celebrated their ascension with Biloxi Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich Thursday night at the IP Casino Resort.

Joined by current Saints General Manager Mickey Loomis and about two dozen fellow Saints alumni, Bush and Colston headlined a pre-tournament reception to kickoff Saints Day in Biloxi. The highlight of the schedule is a golf tournament at Grand Bear beginning this morning at 11 and an autograph and photo appearance at the Biloxi Shuckers-Pensacola Blue Wahoos game tonight in MGM Park. A Saints Kids Experience will be held at MGM Park today from 3 to 5 p.m. and is free to the public.

Bush, a former Heisman Trophy winner at Southern Cal, and Colston, the Saints all-time leading receiver, were introduced to standing ovations at the IP reception. They join former Louisiana Governor Kathleen Blanco as the 2019 Induction Class of the Saints Hall of Fame. Bush and Colston praised their former teammates, especially quarterback Drew Brees. Other Saints Hall of Famers in attendance at the IP included NFL Hall of Famer Rickey Jackson, former LSU running back Dalton Hilliard and former Heisman Trophy winner and Saints No. 1 draft choice George Rogers.

This is the fourth year that the City of Biloxi has hosted a New Orleans Saints Hall of Fame Day. Funds raised at the Thursday night reception and today’s golf, Kids Clinic at MGM Park and Shuckers game will go toward constructing a new home for the Hall. The original was destroyed by Hurricane Katrina and the Saints Hall of Fame currently operates out of temporary headquarters inside the Mercedes Benz Superdome.
See the Saints Day flyer
See images for past year’s golf tournament
See images from past year’s clinic
Visit the Biloxi Shuckers website

City’s R U Ready event takes place today

The free, informative event takes place through 11:30 this morning at the Maritime & Seafood Industry Museum, 115 First St., with a wealth of useful information from emergency managers, state agencies and local businesses.

Booths will be set up outside the front of the museum and throughout the first floor, offering information on shelter locations, evacuation routes, flood insurance, transportation, pet safety, marine safety, fire safety, hurricane prep kits, electrical safety and more.

Event will also include presentations from officials on topics of marine traffic, historic water height observation, hurricane watches and warnings, power line safety, pet preparedness, storm debris removal, transportation to a shelter, and the American Red Cross. Speakers will begin at 10 a.m.
See the R U Ready flyer
See the R U Ready video from last year
Visit the Maritime & Seafood Museum website

Have lunch today at Seafood Museum

Roland Weeks, former publisher of The Sun, The Daily Herald and later The Sun Herald, will discuss Camille and post-hurricane recovery in the launch of Camille Conversations, a weekly lunch-and-learn series as part of the “Camille at 50” exhibition at the Maritime and Seafood Industry Museum.

The weekly program, featuring speakers who played a prominent role during Camille, is $10 and will include lunch from Burger Burger Biloxi.

Call 228-435-6230 to reserve your spot. This week’s lunch is sponsored by Walmart Supercenter Biloxi.

News & notes: Weekend preview, City Council preview

Weekend preview: First Friday takes place in the Downtown Biloxi Art District, the South Mississippi Summer Fair will be at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum, the Mississippi Gulf Coast Billfish Classic continues with weight-ins at the Point Cadet Marina, Biloxi Sunset Music Cruises will be sailing from the Margaritaville Resort boat dock and over at the casinos the Happy Together Tour takes place at the IP, MJ Live will be at the Hard Rock and Lunaro will be at the Beau Rivage. To see the Biloxi Community Calendar, click here. To see a complete weekend line up, click here.

City Council: The next Biloxi City Council meeting will be Tuesday at 1:30 p.m. at Biloxi City Hall. This will be the last scheduled meeting of the month because of the Mississippi Municipal League Annual Conference taking place at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum June 24-26. To see the council agenda and supporting documents, click here.