Wooden boat show this weekend

Historic, antique, classic and contemporary boats will be on display this weekend for the annual Billy Creel Memorial Gulf Coast Wooden and Classic Boat Show.

The two-day affair, featuring more than 70 boats, will take place at the Schooner Pier Complex on U.S. 90 in east Biloxi.  The show opens Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $5 for adults; $3 for students, ages 13 to 18; and free for children under age 12.

“This is a great event,” Michelle Peterson of the Maritime & Seafood Industry Museum said. “You will get to learn about the boats, tour them and leave the event being very educated.”

Registered boats range in size and age.               

“We’ve got an array of boats,” Michelle said.  “We’ve got a hull of a Biloxi schooner built by Jeffery Powell which he has been working on for the past 17 years, and two Biloxi luggers built in the 1950s.”

In addition, there will be vendors, children activities and schooner rides.

Hourly sails aboard the Biloxi schooners, “Glenn L. Swetman” and “Mike Sekul” will be available both days beginning at 11 a.m. with a rate of $15 per person or free for children under the age of three.

The event is hosted by the Maritime & Seafood Industry Museum.

Elsewhere this weekend: The Biloxi Parks & Recreation Department’s annual Special Needs End of School Summer Party will be held at the Donal M. Snyder Sr. Community Center; the annual Harrison County Gem, Mineral, Fossil and Jewelry Show will take place at the Joppa Shrine Temple on Shriners Boulevard; and the Biloxi Shuckers will continue their homestand against the Chattanooga Lookouts with a fireworks show tonight, Sea Wolves Tribute on Saturday, and Military Salute Sunday.  Over at the casinos, Lee Greenwood will perform at the Beau Rivage, while Tyler Henry the Hollywood Medium and Styx will both be at the IP Casino.
Visit the Maritime & Seafood Industry Museum website
See the Special Needs summer party flyer
See the Biloxi Community Calendar
See more about the Biloxi Shuckers
See a complete weekend lineup


City recognizes first quarter longevity recipients

Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich, on Tuesday, recognized 18 employees for their years of service during a longevity awards presentation.

30 years of service: Rayford Broussard, and Mark Dronet Sr., Fire Department

25 years of service: Gerald Rose, Community Development Department; Susan Pickich, Engineering Department; and Rhonda Balius, Parks & Recreation Department

20 years of service:Richard Hill, Engineering Department; Paula Knight, Parks & Recreation Department; Rose Seymour, and Francis Thomas, Public Works Department

15 years of service: Jerry Creel, Community Development Department; and Ramona Wolfe, Police Department

10 years of service: Christopher Shambra, (Port) Administration Department; Johnny Wescovich, Community Development Department; Clinton Hayes, Parks & Recreation Department; Jason Cummings, Ashley Scurrah, and Brandon Teates, Police Department; and Eugene Jackson, Public Works Department

The mayor presents longevity awards quarterly at a Biloxi City Council meeting.
See images from the council meeting


News and Notes: Trophy, City Desk, visitors, poster, memorial, video

Altus Trophy: Biloxi became the eight community to receive the Altus Trophy today during a presentation ceremony at the Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art. The trophy is a prestigious honor awarded annually to recognize an Air Force community. To see images from the ceremony, click here.

City Desk times two:  Two episodes of the City Desk Podcast were recorded this week: Wednesday at the Edgewater Mall for Breakfast with the Mayor and Thursday at City Hall to talk about the memorial boat show.  To listen to Wednesday’s edition, click here.  To listen to Thursday’s edition, click here

Visitors from Taiwan:  Col. Debra Lovette from Keesler Air Force Base along with her family from Taiwan stopped by City Hall Wednesday to visit with Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich and learn more about the workings of city government. To see images from the visit, click here

Poster unveiling: The 89th Biloxi Blessing of the Fleet poster was unveiled Wednesday evening at the Biloxi Visitors Center.  The artwork from Tonya Hebert, a local artist and city employee, was chosen as this year’s winner.  To see images from the event, click here.

Fallen Officer Memorial: The Biloxi Police Department held its annual Fallen Officer Memorial on Thursday morning at the Lopez-Quave Public Safety Center.  To see images from the event, click here

Infrastructure update:  In this month’s video report, Oscar Renda Project Superintendent John Cowart reports that the final utilities will be installed on Division Street from Caillavet to Nixon by the end of the summer and pavement will began to be laid on Suarez to Back Bay by the end of the month.  To see the video recorded earlier this week, click here