This weekend: Community theater, music and parades

Coast community theater aficionados will find “The Odd Couple” on stage this weekend at the Biloxi Little Theater, and you’ll find performances by Merle Haggard at the Beau Rivage, Kathy Griffin at the IP, and Mardi Gras parades roll in Lizana, Orange Grove, Ocean Springs and Pass Christian.
See the entire weekend lineup


MGM Park, downtown plans to headline Breakfast

The city’s plans to host a number of community events in MGM Park and have game-day events in downtown Biloxi will be among the topics Tuesday when the Biloxi Chamber of Commerce hosts “Breakfast with the Mayor.”

The free event will be at the IP Casino Resort Spa and begins at 8 a.m.

Mayor A.J. Holloway and the City Council on Tuesday hired consultant F. Cliff Kirkland to help generate revenue-producing events for the 10 annual events the city has the contractural rights to present at the ballpark. Kirkland will discuss plans for those events, and, as the president of Biloxi Main Street, also will unveil ideas for downtown promotions to coincide with Biloxi Shuckers home games.


Council hears sides of short-term rentals issue 

By Jerry Creel, Community Development Director

This week in economic development, the city council conducted a public hearing on “Short Term Rental”. Citizens were asked to offer their comments and recommendations concerning owners renting their single family houses for periods of less than 30 days. During the meeting, six (6) speakers offered comments in favor of short term rentals, and five (5) spoke in opposition. The city council took the comments under consideration and will take up the issue again at a future meeting.

Permits are still pending for the Sheraton Four Points conversion to Doubletree, and plans review has been completed for Jimmy Johns Restaurant on Pass Road.

A Certificate of Occupancy was issued this week for the Half Shell Oyster House located in the Hard Rock Casino, and Final Inspections are scheduled this afternoon for the new Fat Tuesday’s Daiquiri Bar.



News and notes

Streets work: The city currently has $156 million in infrastructure work underway, primarily in east Biloxi, according to an update this week by Marvin G. Dalla Rosa, whose firm HNTB is coordinating the city’s massive $355 million post-Katrina infrastructure project. To read the 60-page report, which has dozens of photos and graphics, click here.

Short-termers: The ongoing debate over short-term rentals in the city, work at MGM Park and Mardi Gras are among the issues discussed in this week’s City Desk webcast, a program taped Thursday morning. To listen, click here.

Council meeting: The Biloxi City Council will meet Tuesday at 6 p.m. at Biloxi City Hall. To read the agenda for the meeting, along with supporting documents, click here.

Traffic report: The Public Works Department Traffic Report, updated each weekday morning on the city website, provides traffic advisories and links to MDOT traffic cameras. To see the latest report, click here.

No DRC: The Development Review Committee meeting for next week was unavailable this afternoon. To see previous DRC agendas, click here.