Weekend preview: Family time at the Ohr

Children ages 6 and up will be creating mermaid windchimes Saturday at the Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art, one of the myriad pursuits on this weekend’s entertainment calendar.

The Ohr-O’Keefe session takes place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. ¬†These sturdy works of art will be suitable for hanging outdoors. Ages 6-14 will be led by one instructor and students aged 15 and up will be taught separately. All clay, glazes, and firing is provided as part of the $20 fee.

Elsewhere this weekend: “Saltoritya” heads into the home stretch at Beau Rivage, and Kathleen Madigan is in concert at the IP.
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Webcasting: Season of change in the works for Mardi Gras

Biloxi Police Chief John Miller speaks to the issue of the addition of a nighttime parade and new route for the city’s 2015 Mardi Gras celebration, plus you’ll hear the chief’s take on homelessness.
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The case for the new route


Development report: Short-term rental, fireworks 

By Jerry Creel, Community Development Director

This week in economic development, the city council voted to approve an application for conditional use, for short term rental¬†in the ‚ÄúDowntown Zoned District‚ÄĚ, for a townhome located at 133 Reynoir Street. This will allow the owners to rent the townhome¬†for periods of less than 30 days. In other action, the council voted to table 2 applications for conditional use for temporary seasonal¬†fireworks stands. The applications were tabled ‚Äúsubject to call‚ÄĚ while the council considers whether additional restrictions should be¬†added to the existing ordinance.

Also this week, the Biloxi Planning Commission voted to recommend approval for zoning change, and conditional use applications for a proposed 290 lot high end motor coach RV park to be located on 40 acres at 11189 Old Highway 15. The request will now go before the city council for final consideration.

The administration met with representatives of the Mississippi Development Authority (MDA) this week to discuss the next steps in the implementation process for the Bay View Boulevard extension. The $5 Million Dollar EDHP grant would fund the extension of Bay View Boulevard to 5th Street.

Lastly this week, this department issued 91 building permits for a total construction valuation of $10.2 million dollars.


News and notes

Good news at the Plaza: Well, actually good news and bad news. First the bad news: Contractors say they won’t pour concrete fittings for the new shade structure for playground equipment until after Labor Day, which means the good news: the Point Cadet Plaza splash pad and playground equipment are open until then, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. Enjoy.

You’re invited: The City Council conducts its next budget session Tuesday. To see the agenda, click here.¬†The Development Review Committee returns to action next week, too. To see the agenda, click here. And the Architectural and and Historical Review Commission meets as well. To see that agenda, click here.

Camille 1: The Episcopal Church of the Redeemer will conduct its annual Camille memorial service on Sunday, Aug. 17 at 4:30 p.m. at the Camille memorial, off U.S. 90 at Bellman Street. To see pictures from years gone by: 2009, 2008  and 2007.

Camille 2: If you can’t get by the Biloxi Visitors Center or the Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Arr to pick up your $10 tickets for the upcoming Camille: The 45th Anniversary Remembrance,” you can now purchase tickets online. ¬†To learn more, click here.

Goodwill Hunt-ing:¬†Susan Hunt, the driving force in education and so many things Biloxi, will be the Biloxi First roastee this year. Mark your calendars: It’s Oct. 9 at 6 p.m. at IP Casino Resort Spa. Details forthcoming. The annual affair raises money for classroom projects at Biloxi Public Schools.

Council photos: To see photos from Tuesday’s nighttime council meeting, click here.

Stadium progress: Contractors have been using a crane to drive test piles at the downtown stadium and entertainment venue this week. For a look, click here.

Like us now: ¬†Have you liked the city’s Facebook page yet? Here’s another reason you should: In times of pending peril, the city’s Facebook feed will be folded into the city web site, meaning if you like the Facebook page you’ll be able to ask questions and get answers in real time on the city web site. To see what it will look like in an emergency, click here.