Volunteer ceremony set for Tuesday afternoon

The City of Biloxi will recognize dozens of volunteers and name a Distinguished Volunteer of the Year in a free public ceremony Tuesday afternoon at the Dr. Frank G. Gruich Community Center, 591 Howard Ave.

The 5:30 program will feature food, a photo montage, and recognition of volunteers in the areas of health, community, arts and history, education, military, non-profits, youth, and sports. Also recognized will be businesses and adult and youth groups.

The ceremony marks the city’s 34th annual volunteer awards ceremony.


Hundreds turn out for clean-up campaign

Hundreds of individuals and groups volunteered to help keep Biloxi beautiful last week during the Great American Clean-Up campaign.

The campaign began on Saturday, April 16 and ended on Saturday, April 22.

“We had great support,” Downtown Services Manager Kay Miller said.  “Over the course of the week, we had about 250 participants including about five dozen on Saturday alone.”

The weeklong event, an annual campaign held by the city in accordance with Earth Day, promotes a clean, green and more beautiful community.

“It’s outstanding to see citizens interested in keeping Biloxi safe, friendly and beautiful,” Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich said.  “We have 5.7 million visitors a year to Biloxi and the Gulf Coast, and this is the kind of community-wide effort we need to keep Biloxi litter-free. But we need to remember that this needs to be a yearlong focus.”

More than 250 bags of trash were collected and all participants were given free trash bags and gloves to use.
See photos of volunteers cleaning up 


News and notes

Paving continues:  Crews are continuing to make progress on the North Contract by laying final paving on Bayview Avenue.  To see images of the work, courtesy of The Biloxi-D’Iberville Press, click here.

Park renamed:  The City of Biloxi held a renaming ceremony for the park off Benachi Avenue on Saturday.  To see images of the Clare Sekul Hornsby Biloxi Lions Club Park renaming, click here.  To see a short video featuring comments from Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich, click here

And now for something completely different: This idea of giving new life to the old Biloxi Library, a building with an owl on its facade, inspired a new video about the offbeat “wildlife” of downtown Biloxi. To see the two-minute video, click here.