Santa visits Excel by 5 and Hiller Park this weekend

It’s another weekend of holiday fare in Biloxi, with toddlers having an educational encounter with Santa Claus at Excel by 5’s Come Learn With Santa, and the Hiller Park revitalization effort getting another boost with Christmas at Hiller.

Both events are Saturday.

The free, educational and hands-on party hosted by Excel by 5 takes place from 9 a.m. to noon at Lopez School, 140 St. John Ave.  Biloxi Excel by 5, by the way, also will be celebrating its re-certification.

Children up to age 5 can participate in a variety of Christmas scheduled events, including pictures with Santa Claus, making handprint keepsakes, decorating Christmas ornaments, and other age-appropriate holiday activities. There also will be a chance to read, sing, and snack with Santa Claus and his helpers.

Meantime, over at Hiller Park, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., you’ll find Christmas vendors offering arts and crafts, a stage of live entertainment, nominally priced food and drinks and a children’s area. Santa and Mrs. Claus will be on hand, along with carriage rides. The affair is part of the drive headed by Councilman Dixie Newman to raise money to revitalize Hiller Park.
See the entire weekend lineup
See the city’s overall Christmas calendar


Webcasting: Holiday events and more

Chief Administrative Officer David Nichols helps provide details on the issues du jour in Biloxi — construction of the new baseball stadium and entertainment venue, talk of a tree committee and beachfront zoning and more — in this week’s City Desk webcast.
Listen to the program


Council to eye zoning issues, buy utility company

The Biloxi City Council next week will once again consider the re-zoning of land for a beachfront La Quinta Inn and Suites, which will situated just west of the Four Points by Sheraton.

That zoning issue — along with cases on Pine Grove Avenue, Deming Place and St. Peter Street — tops the nearly two dozen measures on the agenda for the council meeting, which begins at 1:30 Tuesday afternoon at CIty Hall.

Mayor A.J. Holloway is also proposing that the city pay $587,000 to buy Superior Utilities, a firm that provides water to 226 customers in and around the Bradford Place Subdivision in the Woolmarket community.
Read the agenda and supporting documents


New home construction continues to thrive 

By Jerry Creel, Community Development Director

This week in economic development, single family residential home construction continues to thrive. We received 19 sets of plans for new single family houses to be constructed in locations throughout the city. Construction sites include: (4) for Goose Pointe, (4) for Mill Creek, Taylor Oaks (3), Hengen Place (2), Rock Creek (2), Malpass Landing (2), Lauren Falls (1) and Beau Chene (1). `

At their regular meeting next week, the Planning Commission will consider an application for another new single family subdivision development containing 88 lots. The proposed development will be located on Old Highway 67, north of Woolmarket Road.


News and notes

New Walmart: Another Walmart Neighborhood Market is in the works for Biloxi, this time on Popp’s Ferry Road. Plans for the center will be discussed during the Development Review Committee meeting on Wednesday. The three-item agenda includes one other new case, a Coast Transit bus shelter at the Biloxi Small Craft Harbor, and there’s a resubmission of a medical office plaza on Tommy Munro Drive. To see the agenda, click here.

Pressure: The issue of low water pressure in east Biloxi earlier this week has been resolved, but crews continue to work on repairing the break in the 16-inch waterline on Maple Street. The issue: The line is under immense pressure because it is near the million-gallon elevated storage tank. For the latest on street work throughout the city, click here.

Big work on Big Lake: Councilman Paul Tisdale was showing photos earlier this week of the freshly paved Big Lake Road, an area where drainage also has been improved. To see the photos, click here.

Fresh renderings: New, updated renderings of MGM Park were published on the city’s Facebook page earlier today. To get a look at the what the stadium will now look like when completed, click here.

Speaking of Facebook: The city’s Facebook page is approaching the 10,000 mark, thanks to the able assistance of The Focus Group. To go to the Facebook page and hit Like – so you can get the first look and comment on breaking city news – visit

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