Weekend preview: Raining fireworks, music and more

OK, as we head into what will be, for some, a fireworks-filled four-day Fourth of July weekend, let’s get the semi-bad news out of the way:

The record-setting rainfall of June (22 inches as of this morning), which has wreaked havoc with outdoor events and roadwork in east Biloxi, looks as if it will carry through Independence Day itself, with a chance of showers for most of the next four days.

Meantime, the good news: Biloxi will have three, yes, three fireworks shows, with a fireworks-free zone on east beach and a huge Fourth of July Shuckers fireworks spectacle at MGM Park. Lynyrd Skynyrd, Bush, Cowboy Mouth, and Sammy Kershaw are all in town this weekend, and to the west, the Mississippi Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo opens today and continues through July 4 at Jones Park in Gulfport.
See the entire weekend lineup
See a preview to the three fireworks shows 


New term brings reappointment of key positions

The Biloxi City Council on Wednesday will conduct its first meeting of the new four-term, and nearly two dozen measures before the council will involve reappoint of individuals to key city positions.

The City Hall meeting begins at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, a day after the Fourth of July holidays.

The agenda of nearly three-dozen items is dominated by measures that usher in the new terms of office, with several resolutions involving ongoing city projects and initiatives.

Councilmembers will consider electing Paul Tisdale as council president, and Kenny Glavan as council vice president.

Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich is seeking reappointment of Chief Administrative Officer Mike Leonard and the city’s seven department directors: Billy Ray Allen of Public Works, John Miller of Police, Sherry Bell of Parks & Recreation, Jerry Creel of Community Development, Joe Boney of Fire, Christy LeBatard of Engineering, Kenneth McKeown of Administration, and for Legal, the firm Currie Johnson, namely managing partner Peter Abide.

Also on the agenda are reappointment of municipal court positions and municipal and council clerks.
See the complete agenda and supporting documents 


News and notes

Warning sirens: On Wednesday at noon, the city will begin testing its 10 warning sirens, and will continue the tests on the first Wednesday of every month during hurricane season. To see more about the siren testing, click here.

Veterans and Pass: The traffic signal at Veterans Avenue and Pass Road, which had been damaged earlier in the week when a truck caught a guy wire at the intersection, has received repairs and is fully functional.  To see more about traffic advisories, click here

Holiday closings: Non-emergency municipal offices in Biloxi will be closed on Monday and Tuesday in observance of Independence Day.