Weekend preview: Shuckers, bull riding and more

The Biloxi Shuckers host their in-state rival, the Mississippi Braves, this evening at MGM Park, kicking off a weekend of entertainment. The Shuckers-Braves series runs nightly through Tuesday.

Meantime, the Commodores will be in concert this weekend at the IP, Beauvoir hosts a Ladies Tea and Civil War Ball, and on the community theater scene “Fiddler on the Roof” continues at Center Stage, and Biloxi Little Theater hosts Southern Halo, a Southern rock sister trio.

And although Bill Holmes has left the building, you’ll still find plenty of bull at the Coast Coliseum. Professional bull riding takes place Friday and Saturday.
See the complete weekend lineup


Reminder: Section of Popp’s Ferry Road closing

Popp’s Ferry Road between Cedar Lake and Lamey Street will be closed as early as  midnight tonight and remain closed until Sunday at 8 p.m. so workers can install drainage systems as part of the widening of that stretch of Popp’s Ferry Road.

Motorists should use either Cedar Lake Road or Lamey Street as an alternate route. The work will actually take place between Ellington and Brentwood drives.
See a map of the construction zone and detour
See the status of road work throughout the city


City Desk: Legally speaking, road work, etc.

Chief Administrative Officer David Nichols discusses the city’s plan to control legal costs, updates the status of median work on U.S. 90 and speaks on the issue of homelessness in this week’s City Desk podcast.
Listen to the program


Planning Commission eyes short-term rental issue

By Jerry Creel, Community Development Director

This week in community development, the Biloxi Planning Commission conducted a workshop to discuss possible options concerning Short Term Rentals. Among the options discussed, was the possibility of removing Short Term Rental from all property currently zoned residential. Under the current Land Development Ordinance, Short Term Rental is prohibited in districts zoned Single Family Residential. However, STR is allowed as a conditional use in property zoned Multi-Family Residential. A number of other options were discussed during the meeting. After the discussion, six residents addressed the commission. Three spoke in favor of STR, and three spoke in opposition. The workshop was continued to a future meeting with no official action taken by the commission.

Also this week, building permits were issued for the conversion of the Sheraton Four Points Hotel to the Doubletree brand. A build out permit was issued for Jimmy John’s Restaurant at Pass Road and Beauvoir, and a roof replacement permit was issued to the IP Casino Resort. Building permits were also issued for four new single family houses. A final Certificate of Occupancy was issued to the Sand Bar Daiquiri Bar and Grill in the Vieux Marche’, and temporary Certificates of Occupancy were issued for Beach Bums Restaurant on Beach Boulevard, Arbor Landing Apartments on Popp’s Ferry Road, and the new D.R. Horton Sales Office on Tommy Munro Drive.


News and notes

Special meeting: The City Council will conduct a special meeting Monday at 4 p.m. to discuss legal costs and contracts regarding the city’s and school district’s expected BP settlements. To see the agenda for the meeting, click here.

Finding Salvation: Visitors to the Hancock Bank Katrina Cafe were served hot dogs and chili iwth chips and water from a Salvation Army canteen truck today, reminiscent of the post-Katrina days. To see dozens of photos from the presentation by Salvation Army Major Gary Sturdivant, click here.

No DRC: The Development Review Committee will not meet next week. To see an archive of previous agendas, click here.

Children’s health fair: Parents, mark your calendars. The “Ready, Set, Go” health fair, that annual free event sponsored by Biloxi Excel by 5, takes place Saturday, Aug. 22 from 9 a.m. to noon at Edgewater Mall. To print a flyer, click here.

Hiller Park movie: “The Sandlot,” a family-oriented baseball movie, is the next offering for Hiller Park Movie Night. The fun begins at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 28. To print a flyer, click here.