State of the City: Quickest and largest sellout ever

Biloxi Bay Chamber director Tina Ross-Seamens added another 30 seats to Monday’s State of the City luncheon, which had sold out a week ago, but the additional tickets were gone before the word could even spread.

An audience of 700 is expected to be on hand Monday at the Beau Rivage Resort & Casino when Mayor A.J. Holloway presents the annual address. Seating begins at 11 a.m. and the program begins at 11:30.

“The response this year has been tremendous,” Seamens said. “We want to thank everyone for making this the largest and quickest sellout in the 21-year history of the event.”

Holloway, meantime, is planning to provide a 30-minute presentation that will outline a variety of issues and progress in Biloxi.

Said the mayor: “We’re going to be talking about three things — what we’ve done, what we’re doing and what we’re going to be doing.”

SOTC TV: Although the State of the City luncheon is a Biloxi Bay Chamber ticketed affair, the mayor’s presentation is also available by other means. Cable One will carry the address on Tuesday at noon, 8 p.m. and 11 p.m. on Cable 13 in Biloxi, and video and text of the presentation will be made available on the city web site.

News and notes

State of development: Momentum is picking up in Biloxi, says Community Development Director Jerry Creel in this week’s City Desk webcast. Creel discusses the proposed Hidden Springs development in Woolmarket and a host of other pending projects. You’ll also hear news about the city’s tax exemption program and the latest economic indicators. To listen to the 25-minute program, click here.