Weekend preview: A tricky evening, music and more

It’s a festive weekend with thousands of trick-or-treaters expected on neighborhood streets this evening, and tens of thousands of visitors perusing the streets of downtown Ocean Springs for the huge Peter Anderson Arts & Crafts Festival Saturday and Sunday.

Biloxi Police remind motorists and pedestrians to be extra careful this evening, as thousands of Halloween celebrants of all ages will be masquerading from door to door.

“We want everyone to have a good time,” Police Chief John Miller said. “Remember that you’ll be driving in neighborhoods that are full of kids, and many of them may be dressed in dark clothing. Don’t just watch out for your kids. Watch out for the neighbor’s kids, too.”

And, Miller added, be on the look out: “Make sure to notify the police if you see anything out of place, even for Halloween.”

Elsewhere this weekend you’ll find Lee Ann Womack at the Golden Nugget, Blue Man Group at the Beau Rivage, MoJiles and Nephew Tommy at IP,  Me Too Band on the Grand Lawn at Harrah’s, and the Dave Matthews Tribute Band at Kress Live.
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Visitors Center announces November lineup

The Hurricane Hunters wrap up their season-long lecture series next week at the Biloxi Visitors Center, and Sun Herald columnist George Thatcher will be featured at one of two upcoming book signings at the popular beachfront center.
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Trucking along with the Biloxi Fire Department

Mark Dronet, assistant chief with the Biloxi Fire Department, discusses the department’s newly ordered million-dollar ladder truck and offers some wintertime safety tips in this week’s City Desk webcast.
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Second short-term rental, trees on the agenda Tuesday

Biloxi will get its second short-term rental operation if the City Council says OK, and the city’s tree-ordinance will be up for discussion during a special called meeting next week.

The City Council has called a special meeting for 4:45 Tuesday afternoon at City Hall to discuss the city’s tree-protection ordinance. In the past year, more than a hundred “protected” trees have been lost to development, and three-dozen more now face the ax for a proposed beachfront development.

During its 6 p.m. meeting Tuesday, the City Council will consider a request to allow a short-term rental to operate on Briarfield Avenue, in west Biloxi. The first short-term rental was OK’d to operate recently in a Reynoir Street townhome. Among the other items on the agenda Tuesday night: the initial reading of an ordinance to govern motor vehicles for hire, contributing $3,000 to an initiative to protect military bases, and a measure to increase an existing loan to $4.87 million to continue sewer work in the Woolmarket community.
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News and notes

No development report: The weekly Development Report was unavailable today and is scheduled to be posted Monday. To see an archive of previous reports, click here.

DRC meeting: The Development Review Committee has two items on its agenda for next week:  a subdivision off Highway 67, and a fireworks stand proposed on Cedar Lake Road and for possibly other sites in Woolmarket. To see the agenda for the meeting, click here.

Hiller Park pooches:  A doggie festival — complete with talent, agility, fashion and appearance contests — is the next event scheduled in the Hiller Park restoration efforts. There’s also going to be an outdoor movie for the occasion, “Hotel for Dogs,” and a chance to get your pet microchipped. To see all the details for the Nov. 15 event, click here.

Feed the Needy: The Biloxi Police Department is again joining with area law enforcement agencies to help feed the needy at Thanksgiving. If you want to be involved — by donating time, talent or money, or if you know someone who needs a meal — find out all the details by clicking here.

Facebook images: To see a number of images on the city’s Facebook platforms, click on one of these links: Westwick Apartments fire last Saturday, video of Westwick, and photos from City Council meetings Tuesday.

CTA and parade: Coast Transit is adjusting its transfer point for downtown Biloxi on Saturday since access to the Biloxi Transit Center will be restricted from 10 a.m. to 1:40 p.m., during the Veterans parade. To see the plan, click here.