Weekend of Christmas events kick off this evening

The city will again be ushering in the holiday season with a weekend of signature events: the Children’s Christmas Walking Parade and lighting of the Town Green this evening, Christmas in the City arts and crafts show Saturday, and the Christmas on the Water boat parade Saturday evening.

This afternoon, you’ll be able to get a taste of the festivities with Finally First Friday gathering in the Rue Magnolia Arts District and a children’s activities period at the public library on Howard Avenue. Both events lead up to the parade and lighting of the Town Green.

You can read the entire lineup of Christmas events, including Christmas at Beauvoir, by clicking here or you can hear about it in this week’s City Desk webcast, a nine-minute program that you can listen to by clicking here.

The rest of the lineup: To see this weekend’s entertainment lineup, as compiled by the Mississippi Gulf Coast Regional Convention and Visitors Bureau, click here.

City Council to consider subdivision, stadium and storage facility issues

Three land-use issues face the Biloxi City Council when it meets Tuesday afternoon. The first involves a request to rezone land for a proposed subdivision in the Woolmarket community, and the other two measures involve approvals for a proposed downtown baseball stadium and a self-storage facility at Cedar Lake and Popp’s Ferry roads.

During the meeting, Coast Transit Authority Director Kevin Coggin will speak to the council about public transit issues in Biloxi, and a group of residents will be recognized by the city for assisting a motorist involved in a life-threatening accident.

The overall council agenda features a dozen issues, but the land-use measures are expected to dominate the meeting.

Councilman David Fayard has recommended denying the request to change zoning for the 47-acre subdivision. The proposed baseball stadium, which would be constructed on a 14-acre Beau Rivage-owned site at Caillavet Street at U.S. 90, would require a conditional use permit because existing downtown zoning did not anticipate such a large entertainment venue. Developers of the self-storage facility are asking councilmembers to allow them to construct the facility on a lot smaller than city ordinances currently allow and to cover more of the lot than typically allowed by ordinance.

The agenda: To see the complete agenda and supporting documents, click here.

News and notes

Weekend forecast: To see the weekend’s forecast, including links to real-time radar from the National Weather Service, click here.

Bowling in Biloxi: The national community college football championship game takes place Sunday on the Biloxi High School campus. See a commercial for the Mississippi Bowl on the city’s Facebook page. To go there and like the page, click here.

Meeting reminder: January will see more than $11 million in major infrastructure work begin in Eagle Point. Residents will soon be receiving a postcard about a community meeting planned for Dec. 12 to discuss the work. To see the postcard, click here.

Basketball: Biloxi Youth Basketball League registration takes place Saturday, Dec. 7 from 9 a.m. to noon at the Snyder center. To read details, click here.

DRC agenda: Waffle House No. 6, planned for west of the Coast Coliseum, is on the Development Review Commission next week. To see the two-item agenda, click here.