Spring Break: Traffic plan kept traffic moving

There’s no doubt about it, Police Chief John Miller says regarding the Spring Break weekend: The city’s traffic plan keeps traffic moving, has reduced the number of traffic tickets and accidents, and is working.

The issue, Miller says in a video released today on the city’s YouTube channel, is that you’re going to have issues when 30,000 people converge on the relatively small area east and west of the Coast Coliseum.
Video: See the chief’s review of the weekend
See the police stats on the event

Shuckers kick off Blue Wahoos homestand this evening

By Garrett Greene, Biloxi Shuckers

After a five-game road trip to Montgomery, the Biloxi Shuckers return to MGM Park for 10 games, beginning this evening at 6:35 p.m. when the Shuckers kick off a homestand by hosting the Pensacola Blue Wahoos for a five-game series. The Blue Wahoos series is also first games the Shuckers will play in the Seafood Buffet Rivalry Series.

Monday, April 15 at 6:35 p.m.: Barks & Brews presented by Raising Cane’s and F.E.B Distributing

Start the homestand with dogs and discounted beers on a Barks & Brews Monday. Receive $3 craft beer refills with the purchase of a Shuckers Monday Mug (20 oz.), which includes your first beer, for just $10 at the Buena Vista Beer Garden.  Taps include Lazy Magnolia, Biloxi Brewing, Parish Brewing and more.

Dogs are not just welcome, they’re encouraged on Mondays. Purchase a $7 berm ticket to take in the game with your pup. Arrive early to participate in our pregame dog parade on the warning track.

Tuesday, April 16 at 6:35 p.m.: T-Shirt Tuesday, Game of Throws T-Shirt Giveaway presented by Coca-Cola

Summer is coming. Be one of the first 250 fans at MGM Park to receive a special ‘Game of Throws’ Shuckers themed t-shirt, courtesy of Coca-Cola. Fans can also purchase tickets for the Beer Garden Bullpen Seats, located at the top of Section 114 right in front of the Buena Vista Beer Garden. Tickets are $15 and include three, 4 oz. samples of select craft beers from the Beer Garden. See the schdule for Wednesday through Friday

Hydrant testing to get underway in west Biloxi

The Biloxi Fire Department, as part of the citywide fire-rating process, will be conducting inspections of fire hydrants Tuesday in the neighborhoods around the fire stations at the Margaret L. Sherry Memorial Library and stations at Veterans and Pass Road.

Tests will involve testing water pressure at the hydrants by having them run for five-minute intervals.

Firefighters will be working along roadways east of Popp’s Ferry Road, as well as in Tanglewood and Bent Oaks subdivision, and off Atkinson Road.

Said Deputy Fire Chief Andy Mason: “We’re asking the public to please drive carefully in those areas because we have firefighters who may be working in close proximity to the roadway.”

City rolls out East Biloxi facade grant program

The city’s Federal Programs Division on Thursday will begin accepting for a façade program that offers grants of up to $20,000. The program initially targets owner-occupied businesses east of Caillavet and north of the CSX railway.

The grants, administered under the city’s Community Development Block Grant program, have stipulations: Businesses on Caillavet and Division streets are ineligible. It’s limited to for-profit, owner-occupied businesses that have been in continuous operation since January 2014 where the owner has clear title and is current on property taxes, with proof of property insurance, and, if applicable, flood insurance.

Additionally, a temporary lien is placed on the property until the façade work is completed to city’s satisfaction and the property cannot be sold for three years.

Said Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich: “This federal program is intended to improve the overall appearance of participating businesses, which, in turn, may stimulate commerce, improve property values and raise the quality of life in the designated area, which is in a federally approved low- to moderate-income area of the city.”
See the Public Notice
See the guidelines, map and application

News & notes: Week in review, council, volunteer awards

The week that was: Last week, the Fire Department answered 151 calls for service, including 102 medical emergencies and one fire; the Police Department handled 2,397 calls for service; the Community Development Department issued 94 building permits with a construction valuation of more than $1.5 million; and the Engineering Department continued to progress on projects throughout the city.  To see the reports covering last week, click here. 

The weekend that was: Last weekend, Spring Break festivities took place in Biloxi.  During the event, the Police Department answered 582 calls for service, made 71 arrests and towed 63 vehicles.  To see the complete report covering the weekend, click here.

City Council: The Biloxi City Council will hold its next meeting on Tuesday at 1:30 p.m. at Biloxi City Hall. To see the complete agenda, click here.

Volunteer awards ceremony: The 36th annual Volunteer Recognition Ceremony will take place Tuesday evening at 5:30 at the Bloxi Civic Center.  Outstanding volunteers in the community will be recognized for their leadership, service and commitment to Biloxi. For more information, call the Biloxi Downtown Services office at 228-435-6339.