Shuckers, family fun usher in Memorial Day weekend

The summer season kicks off this weekend with the Shuckers back in town for a three-game series, a two-day firefighter-headlined fun day on the Town Green, a family fun day at Hiller Park, and such headliners as Charley Pride and Peter Frampton in town.

And don’t forget, you’ll see a host of motorcycles and motorcycle enthusiasts in town for the Gulf Coast Memorial Day Weekend Blowout.

“This is our time,” Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich said earlier this week, heralding the big Memorial Day Weekend. “This is when we show our true hospitality and all of the great things we have to offer, whether you’re visiting for a weekend of a lifetime.

“We’ve taken steps to clean the sand off the highway, we’ve paved a bunch of roads in east Biloxi, and we’re ready to launch into a great summer. I want everyone to get out and have a great time.”

The Jump into Summer event on the Town Green Saturday and Sunday, is sponsored by the West End Hose Co. No. 3 and will feature plenty of fire trucks, pony rides and a host of children’s activities. The Friends of Hiller Park will host Splash into Summer on Saturday with water slides, bounce houses, train rides, arts and crafts, and more.
Read more on the Town Green and Hiller events
See the overall weekend preview


Podcasting: The big weekend, historic times

In this week’s City Desk podcast, Chief Administrative Officer David Nichols updates municipal issues du jour, there’s a preview of this weekend’s events, and Historical Administrator Bill Raymond drops by to discuss Preservation in May, which actually continues into June.

And have you ever wondered how many steps there are inside the Biloxi Lighthouse? You’ll hear the answer in the podcast.
Listen to the City Desk podcast


Biloxi firefighters test a new firefighting tool

Biloxi Fire Chief Joe Boney says a new liquid mixed with water running through fire hoses looks like it can help significantly reduce heat at fires and extinguish fires quicker, which can save lives, reduce property damage and minimize the wear and tear on the department’s No. 1 asset: its firefighters.

The department is continuing to test the new encapsulator agent, known as F-500.
Read the details and see photos


News and notes

Painting: Vicksburg native Mary Elsa Hockers said the fist time she saw the Biloxi City Council room she knew immediately that it was the new home for her painting, Hurricane Katrina-inspired painting, “Katrina Crashing the Dunes.” See her work and the presentation made today by clicking here.

Council schedule: The next scheduled meeting of the Biloxi City Council will be Tuesday, June 7 at 6 p.m. To see a list of all municipal public meetings in Biloxi, click here.

Holiday: Non-emergency municipal offices and facilities will be closed Monday, May 30, in observance of Memorial Day. Offices will reopen at their appointed time on Tuesday.