State of the City luncheon is Monday; other news and notes

Mayor A.J. Holloway will be making his 20th annual State of the City presentation on Monday before another sold-out Biloxi Bay Chamber of Commerce luncheon.

A total of 700 people have purchased seats to the Beau Rivage luncheon, where Holloway will give a 30-minute presentation that uses more than 500 photographs, maps and video to chronicle major accomplishments and progress the city has made in the past year. Among the topics: economic development, the status of the city’s infrastructure project, and a progress report on other improvement projects.

The mayor’s report will again feature input from a number of the city’s partners, including Keesler Air Force Base, Biloxi Public Schools, the Biloxi Housing Authority and Coast Transit.

Doors for the luncheon will open for ticketholders at 11 a.m., and the program will begin at 11:30 a.m. The mayor’s 30-minute presentation is scheduled to begin at 12:30 p.m.

See it on TV: Cable One will air the mayor’s presentation for its Biloxi subscribers on Tuesday at noon, 8 p.m. and 11 p.m. on Cable Channel 19. The mayor’s report also will be online Monday afternoon, along with dozens of photos from the gathering.

News and notes

Weekend preview: This weekend’s headliners include a country legends show at the IP, Grand Funk Railroad and War at the Beau Rivage, and Sinbad at the Hard Rock. There’s also an “Evening in Pink” at the Biloxi Civic Center. To see details on these events and the complete entertainment lineup, courtesy of listings from the Mississippi Gulf Coast Convention and Visitors Bureau, click here.

City Council preview: The City Council is expected to vote on a measure Tuesday designed to help regulate parking at the Biloxi Small Craft Harbor. The issue is one of several measures on the agenda for the council meeting Tuesday at 1:30 p.m. at City Hall. To see the complete agenda and supporting documents, click here.

Sand sculpture: A Melbourne, Fla., sand-sculpting team on Tuesday will begin work on creating a 75-ton sand sculpture inside Edgewater Mall. This year’s sculpture will highlight fashion and pop culture through the decades from the ’70s until now. The team will be working on the sculpture at Center Court near Dillard’s during mall hours through March 8.

Special meeting: The Biloxi City Council has called a special meeting for Tuesday, March 5 at 11 a.m. to discuss the city contract with HNTB, the firm overseeing the city’s $355 million infrastructure program. The meeting will be at City Hall and is open to the public.

Webcasting: Chief Administrative Officer David Nichols discusses the city’s infrastructure program and other issues in this week’s City Desk webcast. To listen to the 10-minute program, click here.