Weekend preview: The march to Mardi Gras

Six Mardi Gras parades roll this weekend as the prelude to the big celebrations on Fat Tuesday. Don’t forget that on Monday, which is also known as Lundi Gras, there’s the Children’s Mardi Gras Walking Parade through downtown Biloxi. To read more about that 11 a.m. parade and see a link to a free registration form and the parade route, click here. In the event of rain Monday, organizers will stage the parade inside the cavernous Biloxi Civic Center on Howard Avenue.

And, of course, on Tuesday, the centerpiece of Mardi Gras, the Gulf Coast Carnival Association parade rolls, followed by the Krewe of Neptune. To see the parade route, along with locations for portable restrooms and first-aid stations, click here.

A reminder about Fat Tuesday travel: I-110 south of Division Street will be closing at 11 a.m. on Mardi Gras Day, and the section of U.S. 90 from east of Main Street to the Biloxi City Cemetery will be limited to two lanes of two-way traffic beginning at 11:30 a.m.

Elsewhere this weekend: You’ll find the parade lineup for this weekend and details on a host of other events, courtesy of listings from the Mississippi Gulf Coast Regional Convention and Visitors Bureau, click here.

Economic development: permits, parking and approvals

By Jerry Creel, Community Development Director

This week the Community Development Department issued 49 building permits including
one for the construction of a new parking lot for the Hard Rock Casino/Hotel. The parking
lot is to be located on the former Windjammer Condominium property.

Also this week, we received the building plans for the Beau Rivage Clinic to be relocated to
their engineering building in preparation for the start of construction on the new baseball stadium.

We also received the structural and build out plans for the Kress Building for their new music
venture, and plans for 3 new single family houses.

The Development Review Committee reviewed the plans for the South Beach Club Restaurant
and Bar to be located on the south side of Beach Boulevard at Veterans Blvd.

The Architectural-Historical Review Commission reviewed and approved the design for the new
Baseball Stadium.

Next Thursday, the Biloxi Planning Commission will consider an application from the Mississippi Coast
Coliseum Commission for the vacation of a 450’+ section of Oakwood Drive.

News and notes

Webcasting: On this week’s City Desk webcast, Chief Administrative Officer David Nichols discusses the issues surrounding public transit funding, the firm overseeing the city’s massive infrastructure project, and progress on infrastructure work. To listen to the program, click here.

Po-boys coming up: Employees in the Public Works Department raised $513.51 in a bake sale today to help defray the medical expenses of Robert Gaillet, son of Public Works Director Dan Gaillet who is recovering from serious injuries sustained in an automobile accident in November. A shrimp po-boy sale will be March 14, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Biloxi Fire Museum, where you will have convenient drive-up service. To place orders now, $7 each, email dlizana@biloxi.ms.us.

DRC agenda: The Development Review Committee will not meet next week.

Council agenda: The Biloxi City Council will not meet Tuesday, which is Fat Tuesday, municipal holiday. Instead, the council’s next scheduled meeting is Tuesday, March 11.