Summer fair heads into final weekend

The Mississippi Coast Coliseum Summer Fair rolls into its final weekend, with plenty of carnival rides, live shows, contests and headline entertainment. Gate admission is $5 on Friday and Saturday. Gates open at 5 p.m. today and 1 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Meantime, you’ll find the summer show Yaye at the Beau Rivage, the Happy Together Tour is at the IP, and The Molly Ringwalds at the Beau.

Of course, the multi-media exhibition “Katrina +10” continues to dominate down at the Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art, where it’s open seven days a week.
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Walmart plans reviewed; other development news

By Jerry Creel, Community Development Director

The economic development report for this week will actually cover the past two week period. The building plans review for the New Walmart Neighborhood Market on Popp’s Ferry Road has been completed. The contractor is hoping to start the project before the end of this month, with a projected completion date of December 18 of this year.

In other news, construction is continuing on the MGM Park, Casino Magic, Hyatt Place Hotel, Arbor Landing Apartments, Boomtown Casino RV Park, Baja Beach Biloxi Restaurant, Kelly’s Sports Bar & Grill, Shaggy’s Restaurant, Jimmy John’s Restaurant, Sumo Japanese  Steakhouse, Saint Michael’s New Life Parish Center, Tulane University, and a number of single family subdivisions.

During this period, 87 building permits were issued with a valuation of $3.8 Million Dollars. Permits were issued for a new office building for Memorial Hospital on Tommy Munro Drive, renovations for the Flamingo Hotel Office Building on Beach Boulevard, and 6 new single family houses. Our year to date valuation is $16.6 Million Dollars ahead of last year at this time.

Also this week, Artist Marty Wilson has begun the background sketching for the mural for the Reef Restaurant.


News and notes

Council preview: The Biloxi City Council meets Tuesday afternoon at 1:30 at the Biloxi Civic Center. Councilmembers face an agenda of nearly two-dozen items, a half-dozen involving infrastructure work, three involving MGM Park, and eight code-enforcement cases. To see the complete agenda and supporting documents, click here.

Y’all aboard!: The freight railway along the Gulf Coast were rebuilt pretty quickly after Katirna, but we’re still waiting on the return of Amtrak service. You’ll hear the status from a group of national railway authorities and advocates in the next Katrina +10 presentation, “Y’all aboard!” Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art. And it’s free. Climb aboard. To see more about K10, click here.

Habitat for Humanity: Adele Lyons spoke about the inspirational efforts of Habitat for Humanity of the Gulf Coast in today’s Hancock Bank Katrina Cafe presentation. To see photos from the gathering, click here.

Development: The Development Review Committee considers a taco venue on Iberville next week. To see the agenda, click here.

Podcast: In case you missed the post Thursday, Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich spoke to the issues on this week’s City Desk podcast. To hear the six-minute, whirlwind interview, click here.

Traffic Update: To the see the breadth and scope of infrastructure work now underway throughout the city, and to see the street-sweeping and radar schedules, click here.