Traffic update: Delays likely at Keesler today or Wednesday

Traffic flowed smoothly at Keesler gates this morning, but Keesler leaders say
personnel and visitors can expect facility lockdowns and delays at and near the base’s gates sometime today or Wednesday.

The Air Education and Training Command is testing the base’s ability to respond to a mass casualty event. To read more about the exercise,
click here.

Meantime, the Mississippi Department of Transportation continues work on U.S. 90 and I-110 in Biloxi. Crews will be removing sand from U.S. 90 over the next several days, while workers wrap up a project to install new street lights from Caillavet Street to Benachi Avenue.

On the I-110 highrise, periodic lane closures will be made through July 6 while contractors
install balancing devices to the I-110 drawbridge, part of the $4.1 million drawbridge rehabilitation project. To see the Traffic Update from the Public Works Department, click here.

News and notes

Dance time: Seniors age 55 and over can enjoy hors d’oeuvres, ice cream sundaes and floats, and door prizes during the annual Seniors Patriotic Dance on Thursday afternoon at the Donal Snyder Community Center. To read more about the free event, click here.

Swimming safety: Jamie Lee, the city’s aquatics specialist, discusses water safety and the importance of teaching children to swim during a live segment on WLOX’s “4 O’Clock Show” this afternoon. The city, of course, offers swimming lessons regularly at the Natatorium. To learn more about aquatics programs, click here.

Circus time: Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey will celebrate All-American style when its latest circus extravaganza, “Zing Zang Zoom,” rolls into the Coast Coliseum for shows Thursday, June 30 through Monday, July 4. Whet your appetite with a video preview and get ticket information by clicking here.

Excelling in Biloxi:
Biloxi has been certified as an Excel by 5 community, meaning parents of pre-schoolers can more easily find qualified daycares and other resources to help their children prepare for school. Read details of the program by clicking here.

Fireworks: As always, it’s illegal to shoot fireworks in Biloxi proper, but the city’s huge public Fourth of July fireworks extravaganza will take place July 4 at 9 p.m. The show will be fired from Deer Island and best viewing will be along the Biloxi beachfront, from the Biloxi Lighthouse to Point Cadet.

Searching: An updated Google search engine is now in place on the front page of the city’s web site.

Public meetings: The Biloxi City Council meets this afternoon at 1:30 at City Hall. To see the agenda, click here.
Meantime, the Biloxi School Board conducts a public budget hearing this afternoon at 4 and holds is regular meeting at 5 at the Dukate Building on Father Ryan Avenue. To visit the Biloxi Public Schools web site, click here.