Weekend preview: Cobia tournament and plenty of music

Among the highlights of the weekend entertainment lineup are a cobia tournament at Point Cadet Marina, recording artist Tanya Tucker at the IP, comedian Ron White at the Beau Rivage, and Night Ranger and Greg Allman in separate shows at the Hard Rock.

For details on these events and a host of others, courtesy of listings from the Mississippi Gulf Coast Convention and Visitors Bureau, click here.

Yes, we are open for business on the Mississippi Gulf Coast

Casino resorts and other businesses in Biloxi and on the Mississippi Gulf Coast are open for business.

CNN incorrectly reported earlier today that all casinos in Mississippi had been closed because of flooding along the Mississippi River.

The network then began reporting that “some” casinos in Mississippi had been closed, which prompted a second call from the Biloxi mayor’s office to note that only Mississippi River casinos had been closed because of flooding.

“This is the same issue that we had with the reporting on the BP oil spill,” Mayor A.J. Holloway said. “These types of misstatements are damaging to our tourism industry.”

Holloway also thanked former City Councilmember Dianne Harenski for calling City Hall after seeing the CNN reports.

A milestone meeting in Sunkist, Ancient Oaks neighborhoods

City leaders and representatives of Restore Biloxi, the city’s $355 million infrastructure repair and replacement program, will be meeting with residents of the Sunkist and Ancient Oaks neighborhoods next week to provide residents with information about work scheduled to begin soon in their neighborhood.

The project is the first of the Restore Biloxi initiative to begin construction. The Sunkist and Ancient Oaks work will involve replacing water lines, sanitary sewer lines and storm drains, as well as repairing or replacing the streets, curbs and sidewalks affected by the construction.

Residents can learn more about the work on Tuesday, May 10 at 5:30 p.m. at the Sunkist Country Club, where representatives of HNTB and contractor S.H. Anthony will be on hand to answer questions. Contact information for S.H. Anthony has also been sent to residents who live on or near the construction zone.

“We’re following through on what we said we were going to do,” Mayor A.J. Holloway said, “and that is to communicate with residents on the front end, to let them know what’s going to be happening, when it’s going to be happening and how it’s going to affect them.”

Holloway said other meetings will held in neighborhoods throughout the city as contracts are let for work.

To see the postcard that was sent to impacted residents in the Ancient Oaks and Sunkist neighborhoods, click here.

News and notes

A special webcast: Biloxi Assistant Police Chief Rodney McGilvary, a longtime director of the Special Olympics of Mississippi, speaks about the Law Enforcement Torch Run and Keesler’s long relationship with the Summer Games.in this week’s City Desk webcast. The program also begins with a recap of what has been quite the busy week in Biloxi. To listen, click here.

Flood of info: Residents throughout Biloxi will be receiving the city’s annual pitch for them to consider buying flood insurance. Why should you get flood insurance? Click here.

Preservation photos: Preservation in May kicked off Thursday with a look at Biloxi’s enduring relationship with the military and military service. To see a hundred photos from the event, along with a link to background on the program, click here.