Tuesday, January 23
Council Meeting, 1:30 pm
Thursday, February 1
-Ward 5 meeting, 6:00 pm, Snyder Center
–Topic: Traffic/Security Plans for Spring Break, 2018
Saturday, February 3

Children’s Mardi Gras Parade
Tuesday, February 6
-Council Meeting, 6:00 pm
Saturday, February 10
-Krewe of Neptune parade, 5:30, Biloxi
Tuesday, February 13
-Mardi Gras Holiday
–All city offices are closed
–Gulf Coast Carnival Assoc. Parade, 1:00, Biloxi
Tuesday, February 20

-Council Meeting, 1:30 pm
–Public Hearing, Waring Oil Rezoning Request
Tuesday, February 27
-Council Meeting, 1:30 pm
Friday-Sunday, April 13-15
-Mississippi Gulf Coast Spring Break
Saturday & Sunday, July 21-22
-Blue Angels Air Show, Biloxi

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(01/12/18)  Biloxi Police Chief John Miller, whose department is tasked with planning for traffic and crowd control for major events in the city, will discuss plans for two upcoming major endeavors, Mardi Gras and spring break, during the City Council meeting on Tuesday.  During the same meeting, Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich is asking the City Council to approve a budget amendment of nearly $280,000 for the Police and Public Works departments to buy traffic control devices to help implement a traffic plan for spring break.  Under the plan, which was first used years ago in the second year of spring break, U.S. 90 would be limited to one eastbound lane and one westbound lane from I-110 to DeBuys Road during spring break, which could attract as many as 70,000 people to Biloxi during the weekend of April 13-15. The funding would also allow the Police Department to hire as many as 80 additional officers to help implement the traffic plan.
See the Resolution & Plan      CAO talks about Spring Break  (starts at 4:37 mark)

(01/08/17)  A Ward 5 meeting is scheduled for Thursday, February 1, 6:00 pm, at the Donal Snyder Center, Pass Road, for Chiefs John Miller (BPD) and Joe Boney (BFD) to review the traffic and security plans that will be implemented for Spring Break 2018 (April).  This meeting will be conducted on the second floor in the conference room.

(01/05/18)  To read the city resolution and proposed legislation re the Oyster Aquaculture and Conservation Center (Point Cadet Development on jointly owned land, City, State & Institutions of Higher Learning (IHL)) that was approved at Tuesday’s Council meeting,  click here (16 pages).  [Section 1, definitions; Section 2, funds provided; Section 3, established enterprise fund; Section 4, improvements made; Section 5, financing development}

(01/05/18)  Mardi Gras season will officially begin in Biloxi on Friday but the city and the Gulf Coast Carnival Association is now asking for children’s participation.  The annual Biloxi Children’s Mardi Gras Walking Parade, set for Saturday, Feb. 3 at 10 a.m., is open to youngsters age 12 and younger who want to be creative, dress in costumes, and decorate their bicycle, wagons or the like.  Click here for Parade Application and map of parade route

(01/05/18)  Christmas tree recycling:  The Harrison County Beautification Commission has set up a recycling station in Biloxi at the Rodenburg Avenue and U.S. 90 parking bay (by the CTA comfort station).  The drop-off location will be available through Jan. 19.  Please remember to remove all decorations, lights and stands before dropping off a tree. 

(12/31/17)  Garbage and recycling will be picked up Saturday, January 6, due to the New Year holiday.

(12/29/17)  Per the city’s B-mail… Enjoy the weather you’re experiencing today and Saturday because a blast of arctic air and sub-freezing temperatures will arrive Sunday night to usher in the New Year.  The blast of cold air is expected to move into Biloxi Sunday night through Monday morning with the coldest temperatures – as low as 23 degrees – expected Monday night and Tuesday morning, and again Tuesday night and Wednesday morning. In fact, the National Weather Service says, you can expect colder-than-usual temperatures for most of next week.  Click here to see the 5 day forecast.  As a result of the frigid forecast, two cold weather shelters will be opening. The Salvation Army Cold Weather Shelter, 2019 22nd St., Gulfport opens Sunday at 4 p.m., and the Fournier Multi-Purpose Building, 10395 Automall Parkway Blvd. in D’Iberville opens today at 5 p.m. Anyone needing a ride to a shelter should call the Biloxi Police Department at 228-392-0641.

(12/20/17) Special Called Meeting, Thursday, December 21, 10:00 am, City Hall, by the Mayor for the Second Reading/vote on amending the City’s floodplain and National Flood Insurance Program to conform with current FEMA and NFIP requirements.

(12/19/17)  The Popp’s Ferry Road extension (from Pass Road to Highway 90) is moving forward slowly but surely.  Click here to read more.

(12/15/17)  Safety tips from Police Chief John Miller (4 minute youtube videoclip)

(12/15/17)  Holiday Garbage and Recycle schedule: In Ward 5Due to the holidays, garbage pick will be Saturday, December 30, and Saturday, January 6.  Not in Ward 5?  See the holiday garbage/recycle schedule, click here.

(12/05/17)  Coast Transit Authority (CTA) will begin a new fixed route on Popp’s Ferry Road, Monday – Saturday, 6:47 a.m. to 6:37 p.m., with service at 45 minute intervals, for a trial period of 6 months.  Service will begin at Winn Dixie on Pass Road and continue to the Cedar Lake area with planned stops at: Winn Dixie, Atkinson Road, Margaret Sherry Library, Indian Drive, Trustmark Bank, Bellmont Gardens Apartments, Virginia College, Cedar Lake Medical Center, Santa Maria retirement home, WalMart Neighborhood Market, Bob’s Storage, and Summer Chase Apartments.  The new route is expected to begin on or about Monday, December 18Click here to visit the CTA website

(12/04/17)  There is a pre-construction meeting scheduled for the BVW1 and BVW2 infrastructure/FEMA projects at the Biloxi Visitors  Center, Beach Boulevard, by the lighthouse, 5:30, Wednesday, December 13.  An overview of the both projects will be presented to the public and there will be an opportunity to ask questions related to these projects.  If you live in/near these projects, I strongly urge you to attend so that you are informed as to what will be happening in your neighborhood(s).  I would suggest you take pictures (date and time stamped) of your property, before the construction begins, to document any damage that may occur to your property.  Click here to see the postcard mailed to residents in these construction areas.

(12/02/17)  On Tuesday’s agenda: Resolution re Trunk Infrastructure and Roadways with Pitcher Point Investments (the Belle La Vie development in Woolmarket)hiring a lobbyist (the Resolution)… and city water lines coming to the Larkin area, Woolmarket Plantation, Woolmarket Road area, and Husley Road area.

(11/30/17)  Heads up, Briarfield subdivision… (1) Gulf Beach RV Resort/Park is moving forward with their plans to expand the RV park to the west; they own the northern half of what’s referred to as the Shuler property, south of Beach View Drive.  Preliminary plans include a wrought iron fence around the expansion with landscaping; (2) The Mercury Lane gate will be opened for traffic, if not already, as lawyers maneuver on this matter.  The possibility exists that the end result is that the gate will remain open.

(11/27/17)  This site was down for the past 10 days to install some software updates.

(11/15/17)  Garbage/recycling/trash pick up schedule for Thanksgiving:
Thursday, November 23… No pick up!!
– If your scheduled service day was Thursday, November 23, your garbage/recycling/trash waste will be picked up Friday, November 24.
– If your scheduled service day was Friday, November 24, your garbage/recycling/trash waste will be picked up Saturday, November 25.
See/Print the HCUA Notice

(11/15/17)  Update on the Public Hearing on the proposed Special Events ordinance)  Thanks to those who attended the Public Hearing, particularly those who commented: representatives of Cruisin’ the Coast, Krewe of Neptune, Gulf Coast Carnival Association, and Scrapin’ the Coast, and Nicole Sullivan (who did much of the research associated with the ordinance; she was present to note concerns and answer questions).  Those concerns revolved around additional costs associated with events and the “chilling effect” it might/would have on future event organizers. No one representing Spring Break attended the hearing; not surprising since it’s primarily a social media driven event.  Several council members echoed concerns that were raised and made clear the need for a different approach to manage Spring Break, particularly; they could not support the proposed ordinance in its current form.  The only alternative offered, by T. Nathan Fairley, was for the City to manage Spring Break, which occurs annually in early April.  Attendance for this past April has been estimated between 65,000 to 85,000.  Chief John Miller noted that additional law enforcement could be secured (pay them, feed them, house them) for Spring Break but it would come with a price tag, which the city has not budgeted for FY2018 and would run into hundreds of thousands of dollars. Police Chief Miller and Fire Chief Boney noted their safety/logistics concerns related to traffic gridlock that was evident this past April.  The proposed ordinance was Tabled Subject to Call at the November 7, Council meeting.   As reported by WLOX     As reported by WXXV  

(11/15/17)  Lifeguards!!!  Most people think of swimming as a summertime pursuit, but, the fact is, Biloxi’s two indoor public pools are open year ’round, and the city is always seeking certified lifeguards to staff the Biloxi Natatorium and Donald M. Snyder Community Center.  Click here to learn more about lifeguarding     Click here to see the lifeguard job post

(11/13/17)  I received word today from the Harrison County Utility Authority (HCUA) that Team Waste (new solid waste/garbage contractor) will only be collecting garbage that is in the brown HCUA carts. All contents must be inside the cart.  ALSO… PelicanWaste (new yard waste/rubbish contractor) has started collecting all the old non-Waste Pro carts this week. The carts must be empty and placed upside down curbside or in a rubbish/yard waste pile.

(11/12/17)  If you have constructive comments or concerns related to the proposed ordinance on Special Events in the city of Biloxi, please note that a Public Hearing, for the specific purpose of hearing comments and concerns related to this proposed ordinance, is scheduled for Tuesday afternoon, following the regularly scheduled Council meeting at 1:30.  Don’t miss this opportunity to be heard on this matter!  Read the proposed ordinance.

(11/04/17)  The ordinance dealing with city holidays may be causing unnecessary concern for city employeesCity ordinance 15-2-2, designates legal holidays for all city employees, except emergency employees (fire, police, etc.), and currently lists 12 holidays… but state statute 3-3-7 permits only 10 holidays.  However, the governor, by proclamation, may declare discretionary holidays which municipalities may then adopt by resolution.  Governor Bryant has already declared Friday, November 24, and Tuesday, December 26, as discretionary holidays in 2017.  So, although adopting the ordinance on Tuesday’s agenda trims two city holidays from the city  ordinance, a Council resolution adding the governor’s two discretionary holidays would restore two additional holidays in this calendar year.  (Several Attorney General opinions have made it clear that municipalities cannot add holidays to the list specified by state statute unless the governor’s proclaimed discretionary holidays are adopted by local resolution.)
Update, 11/12/17… This proposed ordinance died for lack of a Second.

(11/04/17)  The first phases, BVW1 and BVW2, of the “South Project” (FEMA infrastructure rebuild, south of the railroad tracks) will begin in January, 2018. BVW1 runs, roughly, from White Avenue west to where Miller Street begins, i.e., the west end of Father Ryan Avenue, between Irish Hill and Highway 90.  BVW2, generally, runs from Azalea east to Seal Avenue, but does not include all properties in that area south of the railroad tracks.  I’m basing this description on the map that was included in an October 27 Bmail. Click here to see the map I’m referring to.

(11/01/17)  Reminder: Set your clocks back 1 hour before going to bed Saturday night… Daylight Savings Time ends!

(11/01/17)  North Pole Calling is a program designed by the City of Biloxi Parks & Recreation Department and co-sponsored by the Biloxi Fire Department, Biloxi Police Department and Biloxi High JROTC. This program offers children in Pre-School, Kindergarten, First and Second grades an opportunity to talk directly with Santa Claus and his Elves on Wednesday, Dec. 13 and Thursday, Dec. 14.  Read more and sign up… click here

(11/01/17)  You can receive timely advisories and news about city issues and events of community interest by signing up for Bmail from the City of Biloxi. It’s a free service.  click here

(10/30/17)  Trick or treaters… safety tips!

(10/30/17)  The city has lifeguard vacancies at Donal Snyder Community Center and the Natatoriumclick here to learn more or call the Natatorium, 228.435.6108, for more information.

(10/30/17)  The city is upgrading the public parking area south of the Biloxi Lighthouse. The 60-day, $70,000 project by Twin L Construction includes removing the guardrail between the beach and parking area and installing concrete bollards. The site also will see new parking lot islands, curbing and landscaping. There will also be a designated staging area for the Biloxi Tour Train and the center entrance and exit, east of the Biloxi Lighthouse will be closed to allow for additional parking. 

(10/28/17)  55 or older? Find out about the city of Biloxi’s Seniors Programclick here

 

(10/05/17)  The Biloxi City Council received the final draft of Biloxi’s Downtown Restoration Plan, an 85-page document that lays out a year-by-year timetable for progress, with identified funding sources for much of the work and a host of incentives for small businesses.  Links…
Read the entire final draft
See the proposal for Howard Avenue
In a nutshell, year-by-year    

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