Storm & Flood newsletter arriving in homes this week

It’s August, typically the busiest time of hurricane season, and to help remind residents and business owners about steps to be prepared, the city’s annual Storm & Flood Preparedness newsletter should be arriving in homes and businesses throughout Biloxi this week.

The 12-page compendium has tips on how to create a storm plan for your family or business, a storm tracking map, evacuation routes and shelters, frequently called numbers from local, state and federal agencies; and easy-to-understand information about the city’s construction permitting process.

Although hurricane season runs from June 1 to Nov. 30, the period between late August through September is typically prime time for storms.

“Now is the time to prepare,” Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich said.  “The steps you take and the plan you make can save your life and your families.” 
See the Storm & Flood Preparedness newsletter
See the Storm & Flood Preparedness section of the city website


Talks continue on FY ’18 municipal budget

The Biloxi City Council had its second hearing on the municipal budget today, discussing possible major improvement projects, and non-departmental funding, which includes libraries, museums, public transit and annual sponsorships.

Members of the Gilich administration and councilmembers are conducting a month-long series of public meetings to craft a city spending plan for FY 2018, which begins Oct. 1. The plan is to have a budget in place several weeks before the beginning of the new fiscal year.

Said Chief Administrative Officer Mike Leonard: “Our plan continues to be to work our way through various components of the budget so that the City Council has a broad understanding of the different issues when it comes time to vote on the overall budget.”

During the first budget meeting, on Aug. 1, the city’s employee medical insurance was discussed.  On Aug. 15, the topics are scheduled to be port and water-sewer operations, and on Aug. 22, capital projects, revenue and departmental budgets will be discussed.
See photos from today’s budget workshop
See background on the city budget


Shuckers return to MGM Park Thursday

The Biloxi Shuckers, who have won eight of their last nine outings, will return to MGM Park Thursday to launch a five-game homestand against  the Tennessee Smokies.

A doubleheader scheduled for this evening with the Mississippi Braves at Trustmark Park in Pearl has been canceled because of rain. It would have been the final meetings this season of the Shuckers and Braves.

As a result tonight’s cancellation, the Shuckers will earn a three-game sweep in the series and close out the regular season series with a 9-14 record against their intrastate rival. The Shuckers are 21-22 in the second-half and 57-55 overall this season. The Biloxi squad trails first place Mobile by 1.5 games in the south division standings with 25 games to play.  
See more Shuckers information