(12/15/18)  Stennis Drive erosion, by the lift station, has been reported to the public works department.

(12/15/18)  Gate installed and secured at the south end of Stennis Drive!

(12/15/18) Damaged concrete panel on Covenant Square Drive repaired!

(12/11/18)  Please note that the Popp’s Ferry bridge will be closed to traffic Friday, December 14, from 10:00 pm until about 6:00 am Saturday, December 15, to repair/replace the submarine cable that provides power to the bridge.

(12/09/18)  Read this week’s Ward 5 eblast

(12/09/18)  Biloxi Marathon, December 9, Highway 90, the leader with about a mile and a half to go… See it (25 sec).  Other participants in the Marathon and Half Marathon… See it (25 sec)

(12/08/18)  Hampton Lane, Andover Court & parts of Brighton Circle … Please note that No Dumping signs were posted this past week on Hampton Lane because of the underground high pressure gas line that runs from Keesler Air Force Base to Gulfport.  I contacted the Code Enforcement office some weeks ago and asked that they study/review the ordinance related to curbside trash on lots that face two streets.  This was the solution they proposed and I agreed.

(12/08/18)  Edgewater Mall and Edgewater Gulf Hotel, 1967See the aerial pic… The original structural footprint of Edgewater Mall is shown above; the multi-story structure east of the mall is the Edgewater Gulf Hotel.  The new Premiere Cinema is about where the westernmost wing of the hotel was located.

(12/02/18)  The next Council meeting is Tuesday, December 4, 6:00 p.m., at city hall.  See the agenda
            Of particular interest…
(1)  4A Second Reading for Trenching and Right of Way Maintenance-Resurfacing; Restoration
(2)  4B Second Reading to rezone the Northwest corner of Cedar Lake Road & Tribe Drive for apartments
(3)  4E Resolution granting Conditional Use approval to authorize a Self- Storage Facility, in concert with a limited amount of outdoor storage, within a portion of an existing building identified as 2381 Pass Road. 18-051 (The old Walmart building)
(4)  5M Resolution authorizing the City of Biloxi to submit an application for the Emergency Road and Bridge Repair Fund Program [(1)Cedar Lake Bridge; (2) Old Highway 67 Bridge, west of Cedar Lake Road; (3) Porter Avenue Bridge; (4) Popp’s Ferry Causeway Bridge)
(5)  5N Resolution authorizing Task Order Amendment No. Three (3) with Neel-Schaffer, Inc. for Area 4- Beauvoir Phase 2 (BEA2), Project No. KG630 on the Hurricane Katrina Infrastructure Repair Program
      (Scope of work to include expedited repairs to Edgewater & Balmoral area where a storm drain is failing)
(6)  5O Resolution recommending that BBR Biloxi, LLC (“BBR”) contract with Southern Mississippi Planning and Development District, Inc., (“SMPDD”) to coordinate and oversee a feasibility study for a convention center in East Biloxi and that SMPDD sub-contract with Convention, Sports & Leisure International (“CSL”) to conduct the feasibility study; and for related purposes
(7)  5Q Resolution approving and authorizing entry into with Service Agreement with Mississippi Power Company for use of license plate recognition cameras and other fixed cameras

(12/02/18)  See the latest Ward 5 eBlast, 12/02/18
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(11/24/18)  Pics of Howard Avenue Restoration Project

Howard Avenue… Pic 1, looking east from Geo Ohr Street
More…   Pic 2     Pic 3     Pic 4     Pic 5     Pic 6

(11/24/18)   What’s going up along Highway 90?
Hilton Garden Inn
(former site of the “old” Biloxi Hospital, east Biloxi)
Watermark Hotel
(former Santa Maria del Mar retirement home, east Biloxi)
Waffle House
(west of the Episcopal Church/Redeemer property, east Biloxi)
Pedestrian Bridge
(MGM Park… to be hoisted in place during December, I think…)

(11/20/18)  Harrison County Utility Authority: Changes to Garbage Services for Thanksgiving, November 22, 2018
Changes to garbage services for Thanksgiving 2018 are as follows:
Monday – No change. All service routes run as normal.
Tuesday – No change. All service routes run as normal.
Wednesday – No change. All service routes run as normal.
Thursday – Thanksgiving. No collection.
Friday – All Thursday routes will be collected.
Saturday – All Friday routes will be collected.
If you have any questions or concerns about your garbage, recycling or trash/debris collection services, please call (228) 701-9086. Once you are prompted, press (1) to speak with Waste Management about household garbage and recycling collection or press (2) to speak with Pelican Waste about yard trash/debris collection.

(11/17/18)  The Parks and Recreation Department welcomed Seniors for their annual Thanksgiving breakfast, November 8, at the Snyder Recreation Center.  (Police Chief John Miller, far left, and Asst. Fire Chief Vincent Payne, left)  The department, under the direction of Mrs. Sherry Bell, offers a number of activities each month for the city’s Seniors.
See the November calendar for Seniors
Visit the Parks and Recreation web page

(11/12/18)  Mississippi Power has begun a Neighborhood Efficiency Program in selected parts of the city.  The program assists low income communities by:  (1) educating the customer on energy usage through an in-home energy audit;  (2) installing energy efficient measures at no cost to the customer and;  (3) reducing the customer’s energy bill by making the home more efficient.  The customer will receive a box of 6 LED bulbs.  Mississippi Power will also pay for a HVAC tune-up, attic insulation, or duct sealing depending on which will benefit the customer the most.  To see the selected neighborhood/streets, click on these links: Hollywood Blvd. and Vaughn St.

(11/10/18) Premiere Cinema Opens soon at Edgewater Mall

(11/07/18)   CTA Executive Director, Kevin Coggin, has announced improvements to Route 32, which now services Popp’s Ferry Road from Pass Road into the city of D’Iberville.  The improved route will include additional stops: Atkinson Road, the Margaret Sherry Library, Cedar Lake Medical Center, neighborhood Walmart and the retail shops at the Promenade.

The 90 minute route will run six days a week, starting at the bus shelter at Pass Road and Popp’s Ferry.
See the stops and times          See the route          See all CTA routes      See the press for Route 32

(11/05/18)  Don’t forget to VOTE tomorrow, Tuesday, November 6th

(11/04/18)  Drainage swale between The Enclave and Audubon Place… Work to begin preventative soil erosion measures and installation of fencing/gates at each end of the drainage swale will begin this week.  The work is expected to take about four (4) weeks to complete.  If you have any questions during this project, please contact the city’s Engineering department, 228.435.6269  See pic

(11/04/18)  See Mayor Gilich’s mail-out that was sent to residents inside the city limits of Biloxi but outside the Biloxi School District (basically Ward 7, that area of the city annexed in 1999).  Read what he wants the residents of Ward 7 to consider before they cast their vote on November 6th to approve a $55,000,000 bond issue to build two new schools in the Harrison County School District.  Read the mail-out

(11/04/18)  New Recreational Vehicle Park planned for property between Brady Drive and the former Broadwater Hotel property… Read more (Sun Herald)see an aerial view of the property

(10/28/18)  Ward 5 eblast, 10/28/18… A sample of what you can receive by email every Sunday… just email your preferred email address to me and I’ll add you to the list!  It’s that easy… and FREE!

(10/26/18)  A Special Council meeting/workshop has been scheduled for Tuesday, October 30, 1:30 at city hall.  The purpose of the meeting is to provide input from council members as to what projects from their ward they would like to be considered in the expenditures of the proposed $14,000,000 bond issue proposed by the Mayor.   See the agenda
Considering the needs of Ward 5 and the city as a whole, here are the projects I’ll ask the administration to add to the list.  In no particular order:
(1) Replace the Pine Grove Avenue drainage line that’s been collapsing for years  1  2  3
(2) Pipe the Churchill Avenue ditch (stability of roadway is deteriorating, despite recent paving)  1  2  3
(3) Penzoil Park improvements:  Walking track  1  2  3  4    Playground equipment  1   Sign  1
(4) Snyder Center improvements… Fence  1  2  3      Pools 1  2  3  4    Ventilation 1  2     Refinish Pool 1  2  3
and chiller repairs/replacements
(5) Repair the “dip” in the northbound land of Big Lake Road  1  2
(6) Repair/Replace the collapsing drainage line on East View Drive  1  
Some of these projects may be inexpensive or pale in comparison to challenges (particularly infrastructure)  in other wards of the city.  Nonetheless, these are the items I’ve been working on in Ward 5 that are still unresolved… some of them for years.

(10/25/18)  A Special Council meeting/workshop to discuss projects to be included in the proposed $14M bond issue has been scheduled for Tuesday, October 30, 1:30, city hall.

(10/23/18)  Public Hearing for the Popp’s Ferry Road Extension Project re-scheduled to Tuesday, November 13, 6:00 p.m., 1st floor of the Snyder Center on Pass Road… Residents south of Pass Road, between Beauvoir Road and Edgewater Mall (Oakmont, Briarfield and Edgewater subdivisions;  Maison d’Orleans and Grande View apartments) should note this Hearing for the Popp’s Ferry Road Extension Project.  The Hearing relates to the property acquisition of four (4) parcels on Oakmont Place for the Coliseum’s entry/access road.

(10/23/18)  The Biloxi Cemetery Tour re-scheduled from tonight, 10/23/18, 5:00-7:00 p.m., to Tuesday, October 30, 5:00-7:00 p.m. due to weather.

(10/23/10)  2018 Biloxian Made Good is John Simms, BHS Class of 69… Join the Biloxi Bay Area Chamber as they honor John at the Gruich Community Center, Thursday, November 15, 5:30.  Please note this is a ticketed event.  See the invitation/info

(10/21/18)  Keep up with Council meetings and actions that affect you in Ward 5 and other parts of Biloxi.  How? Email me your preferred email address and I’ll add you to the Sunday eblast list!  It’s FREE… Don’t think it’s for you?  Click here for a sample of what you’re missing!

(10/21/18)  Public Hearing for the Popp’s Ferry Road Extension Project… Residents south of Pass Road, between Beauvoir Road and Edgewater Mall (Oakmont, Briarfield and Edgewater subdivisions;  Maison d’Orleans and Grande View apartments) should note another Public Hearing for the Popp’s Ferry Road Extension Project.  The Hearing relates to the property acquisition of four (4) parcels on Oakmont Place for the Coliseum’s entry/access road… Snyder Center, Pass Road, 1st floor, Monday, October 29, 6:00 p.m.

(10/21/18)  The Cemetery Tour is worth seeing; check the calendar to the left for the date and time.

(10/18/18)  Halloween at Hiller Park (WLOX):  Attendees to Halloween at Hiller Park will have to make sure to take the right route to get to the event.  One of the city’s most popular events takes place Friday from 6 to 8 p.m., and those attending must use Atkinson Road to enter the park.  “We want everyone to enjoy the event, but you must enter from the west end of the park, at Atkinson Road,” said Parks and Recreation Director Sherry Bell. “The Hiller Drive area will be used only as an exit. This plan is only in effect for Halloween at Hiller.”  Children ages 11 and younger can go trick-or-treating with local business set up along the Barbara Ferrill Softball Fields, dance to a DJ spinning tunes, and enjoy games.  Admission is free to this family-friendly and safety-conscious Halloween event.

(10/14/18)   The next Council meeting is Tuesday, October 16, 1:30 p.m., at city hall.  See the agenda
     Of particular interest to those in Ward 5…
(4B)  Ordinance to approve a Zoning Map Amendment to authorize a change in zoning district classification for a portion of a parcel of land from its present zoning district classification of RS-1 0 Low Density Single Family Residential to NB Neighborhood Business for land identified as 2730 Pass Road. Case No. 18-038, W.C. Fore, LLC.
Note: This item was tabled at the last Council meeting after residents of Edgewater Estates expressed their concerns/fear that this re-zoning is believed to be the first step to re-zone residential property, adjacent immediately to the west of their homes, to commercial status in future years, based on a previous property donation by the current owner to Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College for a road to the college.
(5Z)  Resolution in Opposition to Harrison County School Board Referendum
Note: This Referendum for a Bond Issue in the Harrison County School District affects only those residents living inside Biloxi city limits but outside the Biloxi Public School District, e.g., or ,roughly, all of Ward 7.  Biloxi Public School District and the Harrison County School District are two separate school districts.  When Biloxi annexed the Woolmarket area in 1999, the residents of that area became citizens of Biloxi but remain members of the Harrison County School District.
Also… Public Hearing, Monday, October 29, 6:00 p.m., Snyder Recreation Center, first floor, for the Popp’s Ferry Road Extension Project… property acquisition of four parcels on Oakmont Place related to the Coliseum’s entry road.  These properties were not included in the original EA document that is to be updated to incorporate these properties

(10/03/18)  I received word this afternoon from Chief Miller, BPD, that the “coliseum shortcut” will be open beginning tonight at 7:00 pm.  I’ve also been told that the east end of Marshall Road (Edgewater Park) will be closed to traffic.

(10/02/18)  The City of Biloxi is collaborating with other entities in Mississippi that receive funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to prepare an Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice (A.I.). The purpose of this five-year document is to document what efforts are being taken to affirmatively further fair housing in Mississippi. When it is determined that a citizen’s rights under the Fair Housing Act are obstructed, a local government and/or housing authority must identify in the A.I. what steps will be taken to address the problem.  Complete the survey (English)     Complete the survey (Spanish)     See printable versions of the survey: English, Spanish, and Vietnamese    Please contact Susan Pickich if you have any questions about the survey: spickich@biloxi.ms.us or 228-435-6269 or P.O. Box 429 Biloxi, MS 39533.

(09/30/18)  Carroll Campbell, Ward 5 representative on the city’s Tree Committee asked that I share a revised document regarding the Tree Committee’s purpose and committee members contact informationClick here to see that updated document.

(09/29/18)  About 45 stout souls attended the Ward 5 meeting this past Wednesday night at the Snyder Center.  During the two hour meeting, quite a bit of time was spent on the Popp’s Ferry Road Extension (connecting Pass Road to Beach Boulevard) and the impact it is expected to have on the residents of Oakmont Place; another chunk of time was spent on the re-zoning of property fronting Pass Road just west of Edgewater Estates.  The Traffic Plan for Cruisin’ the Coast (and my Neighborhood Passes for single and double outlet streets just off Beach Boulevard in Ward 5) was discussed.  Other topics noted on the agenda were also covered during the two hour meeting which was attend by a number of residents from outside Ward 5.   Finally, a special Thank You to those who attended to make presentations, answer questions and add to the discussions: Carroll Campbell, Ward 5 volunteer representative on the city Tree Protection Committee… Major Chris DeBack, Biloxi Police Department; Chief John Miller, Biloxi Police Department… Christy Lebatard, city Director of Engineering and Kreg Overstreet, Neel-Schaffer Engineering… Ken McKeown, city Director of Administration… Mr. Jerry Creel, city Director of Community Development… and Mr. Mike Leonard, the city’s Chief Administrative Officer.  I encouraged all who attended to note their email address on the sign-in sheet so I could add them to my Sunday Ward 5 eblast list.

(09/26/18)  Biloxi Fire Chief Joe Boney and a group of volunteers want to bring a piece of Biloxi to two small flood-ravaged towns in the Hurricane Florence-disaster zone, but your help is needed. Please listen to this three-minute plea and make a donation at www.gofundme.com/uakgv-hurricane-florence-relief or at any Biloxi fire station. Please do it now.

(09/23/18)  For the past eight months I’ve been sending an email blast every Sunday to those in Ward 5, and any others who may be interested, who would like to know more about what’s going on in our city.  Click here to see what you’ve been missing, the 09/23/18 Ward 5 eblast   If you’d like to receive the free Ward 5 eblast every Sunday, send your preferred email address to me, ptisdale1@yahoo.com, and I’ll add you to the distribution list.

(09/22/18)  The next Council meeting is Tuesday, September 25, 1:30 p.m., at city hall.  See the agenda
Of particular interest to those in Ward 5… (1)  4A  First Reading: Ordinance to change the zoning for a portion of a parcel of land from RS-10, Low Density Single Family Residential to NB Neighborhood Business for land identified as 2730 Pass Road and (2)  50  Resolution to approve lowest/best bid for Enclave-Rue Palafox Ditch improvements (drainage swale between The Enclave and Petit Bois subdivisions)

(09/22/18)  Brick pavers going down on Howard Avenue between Lameuse Street east to Reynoir Street…

(09/20/18)  Mark your calendar for the next Ward 5 meeting: Wednesday, September 26, 6:30 pm, at the Snyder Recreation Center, second floor, Pass Road.  Topics to be covered: Volunteers to assist the Tree Protection Committee, proposed re-zoning of property on Pass Road by Mississippi Music building, Spring Break 2019 update, Cruising the Coast Traffic Plan, speed table on Mercury Lane, drainage swale between The Enclave and Petit Bois, Popp’s Ferry Extension (Pass Road to Highway 90), and FY2019 budget highlights.  Hope to see you there!

(09/16/18)  Be reminded that the city water and sewer rates will increase October 1, 2018.  About 70% of the city’s residents and businesses will experience no increase, despite the rate change, since they use less than 5,000 gallons per month.  See the rate increase

(09/16/18)  Two projects at Edgewater Mall are progressing on schedule; pics below were taken September 14.

Premiere Cinema

Sky Zone trampoline park

(09/13/18)  Harrison County Utility Authority (HCUA)… NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING…  Proposed Fiscal Year 2019 Budget and Water and Waste Water Rates… The Harrison County Utility Authority (HCUA) will conduct a public hearing concerning the proposed Fiscal Year 2019 Budget and proposed water and wastewater rates. The public meeting will be held as follows: Thursday, September 20, 2018, 9:00 A.M. at the Harrison County Utility Authority office, 10271 Express Drive, Gulfport, MS 39503.  The purpose of the hearing is to inform and obtain input regarding the proposed Harrison County Utility Authority budget and water and wastewater rates.  HCUA staff and consultants will present the proposed budget and rates and receive comments and feedback for consideration by the HCUA Board of Directors, prior to the adoption of the FY 2019 Budget.  Questions or requests for additional information should be directed to the Harrison County Utility Authority at (228) 868-8752.

(09/12/18)  The Council will conduct a special meeting to approve the Fiscal Year 2019 budget, Friday, September 14, 1:30, at city hall.    See the agenda      See the FY19 budget documents

(09/09/18)  The work on Howard Avenue ($1.7M) continues.  The restoration is expected to be completed by mid to late October.  Pics taken 09/09/18.

Howard Avenue, looking west from George Ohr Street.
Note new curb/sidewalk, street lights, and paving bricks, for the road surface, stacked on the right.

Howard Avenue, looking east from George Ohr Street.

(09/07/18)  A Council meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, September 11, 1:30 pm, city hall, for the purpose of a budget workshop.  This meeting is open to the public.

(09/05/18)  Budget Hearing, Friday, 09/07/18, 5:30
What you need to know… (1) Citizens will be given a reasonable amount of time to comment on the proposed FY19 budget; (2) It’s not a Q&A format; your comments only; (3) The updated documents below will likely help you prepare your comments; (4) Let your council member know how you feel before the FY19 budget vote, not after; (5) Council will vote on the FY19 budget Friday, September 14, 1:30, at city hall.    See the Council meeting

Updated documents:
– FY19 Combined Funds Statements & historical
– FY19 Budget, by Department & historical
– FY19 Budgeted vs Actuals, Revenue only & historical
– FY19 Proposed Capital Projects, FY19
– Mills Levied, historical
Previously published:
– FY17 CAFR/Audit (Comprehensive Annual Financial Report)
– Previous CAFRs/Audits
– Energy Costs, FY18 vs FY17
– Legal Debt Margin, historical

(09/05/18)  The administration and council will conduct two (2) workshops this week related to the Point Cadet Waterfront and related areas development that’s being contemplated by the Mayor.  The first workshopwill be tomorrow/Thursday, September 6, 1:30, at city hall.  Ann Breen and Dick Rigby of The Waterfront Center, Washington D.C. will facilitate discussion of ideas and visions that anyone in the assembly may have for Biloxi’s Waterfront at Point Cadet, as well as related areas for context, and specifically about the highest and best use of the vacant Point Cadet Property held by the state and city.  The second workshop, Friday, September 7, 10:00, at city hall, is when Breen and Rigby will summarize their observations from the past two days and present them to the workshop group for more discussion.  They will also outline a potential National Waterfront Conference in Biloxi in late 2018.

(09/04/18, 9:50 am)  Attention Briarfield subdivision, Grande View Apartments & Maison d’Orleans Apartments… Biloxi Police Department has informed me that the “Coliseum shortcut” (Pine Grove Avenue gate to the west parking lot) will be open in the event that Highway 90 floods, giving you access to Beauvoir Road.

(09/04/18)  City council will meet this morning, 11:30 to declare a state of emergence due to Hurricane Gordon.  I anticipate this evening’s Council meeting and public budget hearing to be re-scheduled for Tuesday, September 11, 6:00 pm.  I’ll post updated information regarding the September 4 Council meeting after this morning’s 11:30 meeting.

(09/03/18, 5:28 pm)  (City of Biloxi, Bmail)  It’s official: Gordon is expected to make landfall on the Mississippi Gulf Coast on Tuesday night, and the National Weather Service has issued a hurricane warning, with the possibility of hurricane-force winds expected begining late Tuesday afternoon.   See Hurricane Checklist (MDOT)     Sign up for B-Alert

All vessels in Biloxi’s four harbors and marinas, about 300 craft in all, have been ordered to evacuate the harbor by 2 p.m. Tuesday.

Biloxi Port Division Manager Larry Sablich said that nearly two-thirds of the vessels at the Biloxi Small Craft Harbor had already heeded the notice, and others were moving from the adjoining commercial harbor, Point Cadet Marina, and the Sherman L. Canaan Back Bay Fishing Docks.

“Our Emergency Managers are being told to expect tides 2 to 3 feet above normal and a 6-foot storm surge,” Sablich said. “Ordering an evacuation was the prudent thing to do. We need to make sure boat owners know the potential for damage, and at the same time we’re protecting the public harbors and marinas from damage. We’re seeing good cooperation.”

“We’re asking people to do the same things that we’re doing: prepare,” said Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich. “There’s no reason to be alarmed. We’re being told to expect rain and wind, and we’re preparing accordingly. We expect our citizens to be doing the same.”

Among the suggestions: Store lawn furniture, trash cans and other objects that can become projectiles. Continue to monitor weather reports and follow advice of authorities. Review your storm plan.

The city is also expected to see road closures, primarily in low-lying areas such as near the Cedar Lake Bridge, as tides began to rise.  The city plans to declare a state of emergency on Tuesday.

Bridge tenders at the Popp’s Ferry bridge, meanwhile, planned to open the bridge as needed to allow groups of vessels to pass. Parks & Recreation workers will be picking up trash cans from parks throughout the city Tuesday morning, and Public Works laborers were expected to be clearing storm drains and catch basins, and helping prepare city facilities.

The city’s infrastructure contractors, Oscar Renda and Hemphill, had been notified to secure their work areas.

“Just keep up to date on the weather reports and do common-sense things to prepare,” Gilich said. “We’re confident everyone will do their part.”

(09/02/18)  The next Council meeting is Tuesday, September 4, 6:00 pm at City Hall; click here to see the agenda.  A Public Hearing to provide the general public with an opportunity to comment on the taxing and spending plan incorporated in the proposed budget of Biloxi for the fiscal year beginning 10/01/18 and ending 09/30/18.  An increase in city millage (city tax increase) is not expected.  Here’s your chance to comment on the city’s proposed budget before it’s approved!  Don’t miss the opportunity…   A copy of the proposed budget is available for inspection in the Offices of the Municipal Clerk and the Clerk of Council (both at City Hall) during regular business hours.

(09/02/18)  Biloxi Excel By 5 supports parents and pre-school children by connecting them with available resources and services they need to lead healthy strong lives.  The Parent Resource Center is located on the Lopez School campus, 140 St. John Avenue, Biloxi, Mississippi 39530.  (Parking is available on Wilkes Avenue; please use the Wilkes Avenue entrance.)  Need more information or have questions? Contact Susan Hunt, 228.297.6808 or leave a message at 228.432.2431.  Visit their website     See the September Calendar

(08/28/18)  Click here to watch today’s Council meeting   Note: The meeting begins at the 30:24 mark of the recording.

(08/27/18)  Biloxi Soccer Registration: Sept. 15, 9 a.m.-Noon, Donal M. Snyder Sr. Community Center, 2520 Pass Road. Open to ages 4-7 (must be 4 by 7/31/18). Fees for Biloxi Residents: $30 for one child, $50 for two children, $75 for three children, and $50 per child for non-Biloxi residents. Registration is available online at biloxisoccer.net. Details: 228-388-2483 or sports@biloxi.ms.us.

(08/26/18)  Interested in the city’s budget?  Wondering where your tax dollars go?  The third budget workshop is scheduled for Friday, August 31, 3:30 p.m., at city hall.  Capital projects and anticipated revenue will be covered at the workshop.

(08/26/18)  A number of interesting items on Tuesday’s (August 28) agenda… see the agenda.
Also, be reminded that Citizen Comments, part of every Council agenda, permits any citizen to address the council on topics that concern them.  Although it’s not a time for Questions & Answers, for 3 minutes you can certainly let the Council and/or the Mayor know how you feel about what concerns you!

(08/19/18)  Would you like to receive my Ward 5 eblast every Sunday?  Send me your preferred email address and I’ll add you to my distribution list.

(08/19/18)  What if I receive a Notice of Violation (NOV) from the Code Enforcement office?
     The city’s Code Enforcement Officers issue a Notice of Violation (NOV) when they observe a violation of city code or receive a complaint from citizens.
The most common violation, based on my experience, is uncut grass.  Neighbors might phone such a complaint in or a Code Enforcement Officer may notice the high grass. A Notice of Violation is then issued to the resident.  Ten (10) days later the code enforcement officer will examine the issue to see if it’s been corrected.  If it has been corrected, the matter is documented and filed; no charges are pursued.
If the violation has not been corrected, a Citation Summon will be issued for the violator to appear in Municipal Court on the date noted in the Summon.  Violations not corrected may be pursued by civil and criminal action.     See the Notice of Violation (NOV)          See the Citation Summon
Note: In the case of an extreme public health and safety or life threatening violation, a citation will be issued immediately upon the discovery of the violation(s) and a separate citation may be issued each day that the violation(s) continue(s).  The Code Enforcement Office will request the next available date for an immediate hearing on the violation(s) and a cease and desist order may be issued.

(08/09/18)  A Budget Workshop for the FY19 budget will be conducted Tuesday, August 14, 1:30, at city hall.  Department budgets and, if time permits, proposed Capital Projects will be discussed.  Find out where your tax dollars are going…

(08/09/19)  Back to School Special Needs Party, Aug. 24, 6-9 p.m., Donal M. Snyder Sr. Community Center, 2520 Pass Rd. Open to all physically and mentally challenged adults and children. Free admission. Refreshments provided. Details: 228-388-7170.

(08/09/18)  A Budget Workshop for the FY19 budget will be conducted Tuesday, August 14, 1:30, at city hall.  Department budgets and, if time permits, proposed Capital Projects will be discussed.  Find out where your tax dollars are going…

(08/09/19)  Back to School Special Needs Party, Aug. 24, 6-9 p.m., Donal M. Snyder Sr. Community Center, 2520 Pass Rd. Open to all physically and mentally challenged adults and children. Free admission. Refreshments provided. Details: 228-388-7170.

(08/04/18)  A Budget Workshop for the FY19 budget will be conducted Tuesday, August 7, 3:30, at city hall.  This is the first in a series of budget workshops to help the administration and Council finalize the budget which must be finalized no later than September 15.  The regularly scheduled Council meeting will be later that day, August 7, 6:00 p.m.  Items of particular interest on the 6:00 agenda: (1) Conditional Use for a short term rental at 157 A & B, Briarfield Avenue (2) Resolution calling for a Public Hearing on proposed downtown facade and redevelopment incentive grant projects for a number of properties on Howard Avenue (3) Resolution adopting the HUD-required 2018 Action Plan and Five Year Consolidated Plan Substantial Amendment for the use of funds     See the complete agenda

(08/04/18)  The city conducted an engagement meeting this past Thursday to solicit input on the proposed federally-funded construction of an east-west roadway north of CSX railway in east Biloxi.  Two routes were discussed; no final decision was made… again, community input was the purpose of the meeting.  If you have comments you’d like considered, mail/email them to Susan Pickich, Federal Programs Manager, City of Biloxi, P.O. Box 429, Biloxi, MS 39533 or spickich@biloxi.ms.us by the end of this month.  Overview of area     Closeup of area, in box     Option 1, away from RR    Option 2, beside RR

(07/30/18)  Special Council meeting to discuss Airbnb  See Agenda    What is Airbnb?

(07/27/18)  The Council will meet Tuesday, July 31, 1:30, for a special meeting to consider: The Biloxi Coding Academy, the Downtown Housing Incentive Pilot Program, and Downtown Facade and Redevelopment Program Administration and the Biloxi Waterfront at Point Cadet – Planning, Engineering and Development Project.  The Council wanted to know more about these projects; the Waterfront at Point Cadet – Planning, Engineering and Development Project is likely to be reconsidered since it failed on a 3-3 vote at the July 24th meeting.

(07/27/18)  Swimming Lessons…  Registration     Additional information    Need more information?  Call the Biloxi Natatorium, 228.435.6205.

(07/21/18) Short term rentals (rentals of less than 30 days, sometimes referred to as vacation rentals) are becoming quite popular in tourist areas as a revenue stream.  In Biloxi, short term rentals are permitted by right in some zones, permitted by Conditional Use in some zones, and prohibited in the remaining zones.  It’s not unusual for folks to purchase or renovate property for the purpose of using it as a short term rental only to discover that the property is not zoned for such a rental.  Read the city’s general guidelines for short term rentals

(07/19/18)  Were you aware that the Biloxi Fire Department will install smoke detectors/alarms in your home… FREE!  Contact Deputy Chief Vincent Payne, 228.435.6200 or vpayne@biloxi.ms.us
See/Print the Request Form     Smoke Alarm Safety Tips

(07/15/18)  The next Council meeting is Tuesday, July 17, 1:30 p.m., at city hall.  Click here to see the agenda
(1)  4A – Second Reading (Council vote) to designate Popp’s Ferry Causeway Park a Leisure and Recreation District
(2)  5B – Resolution to rescind tax exemption to Kress Live LLC (downtown, Howard Avenue)
(3)  5D – Contract amendment for Saenger Theater exterior repairs
(4)  5H – Resolution to repair Edgewater Estates Storm Drain from Suncoast (by through street at Fairview & Lakeview)
(5)  5L – Dredging at Hiller Park and Mercedes Drive
(6)  5M – Considering issuing $14M General Obligation Bonds & $7M TIF Bonds
(7)  5N – Allocating additional monies to Ohr-O’Keefe and Seafood museums for repairs and electricity (Total $90,000)
(8)  5R – Moving $996,350 to Fire Station 10 construction project (east Woolmarket, Hwy 67) from General Fund

And, the City now uses a real-time, on-the-go messaging system to advise residents/visitors of traffic information and other advisories… directly to your cell phone!  (Might just help you get around before, during, and after the air show…)  Click here to sign up… it’s FREE!

(07/11/18)  Boaters have asked about viewing the Blue Angels show from the water. This map gives an idea of the “show box,” an area where vessels and marine traffic will be prohibited.

(07/11/18)  Biloxi Public Schools online registration begins Monday, July 16.    Click here for registration links and info   Click here for the 2018-19 school calendar

(07/06/18)  Popp’s Ferry Causeway Park, expected to open officially in early August, is expected to offer a more enjoyable experience to residents and visitors.  A Concession Agreement with Biloxi Watershed, LLC, was approved by Council this week.  Phase I: Sale of food items, non-alcoholic beverages, ice, bait and related fishing items, souvenirs, and sundry items and services; (2) Phase II: If this park is designated as a Leisure and Recreation District, the sale and consumption of alcoholic beverages will be permitted.  Additional phases may be approved to sale specified goods and/or services within the concession area.  Read the Agreement

(07/06/18)  Have a city issue, concern, complaint, or agenda item that you feel passionate about?  The Citizen Comments portion of the Council agenda occurs relatively early in the meeting, right after the Mayor’s Report, Departmental Reports (which are rare), and Council Reports.  A total of 45 minutes is set aside for citizen comments; each speaker is permitted up to 3 minutes to comment.  It is not a question and answer period so if you pose a question or two, don’t expect an answer!  It’s an opportunity to be heard, to share your thoughts/opinion on a topic or topics of your choice.  (And, since it’s a public forum, with witnesses I might add, you probably don’t want to make libelous statements.)  Protocol requires that you state your name and address, so the Council clerk can identify the speaker, prior to your comment(s).  The clerk times each speaker and notes when their three minutes are up.  Most folks say what they have to say in a minute or two.  It’s OK to read a prepared statement.  Interestingly, a public body is not required to allow members of the public to speak at meetings, although it has become customary to do so.

(07/06/18)  The Mississippi Power office, 195 Reynoir Street, will be closing before October 1st of this year.  No specific date has been announced yet.  The office has been used by local residents to pay their power bill for many years but with the advent of online bill pay and its popularity with customers, trips to the Biloxi office have diminished significantly.  Mississippi Power

(07/02/18)  The city’s FY17 Audit (Comprehensive Annual Financial Report or CAFR) will be presented at tomorrow night’s Council meeting.  Click here to see FY17 CAFR (152 pages)

(06/30/18)  Wednesday, July 4, all city offices will be closed.  If you plan to watch the fireworks that evening at 9:00, please know that there’s a fireworks free zone provided… Click to see the zone

(06/29/18)  Moore Community House Early Head Start provides early childhood education, health and family support services to low income families with pregnant women, infants, and toddlers up to age 3.  See/Print the flyer

(06/27/18)  A Special Council meeting has been scheduled for tomorrow, Thursday, June 28, 1:00 pm, to authorize and implement extension of costs of living increases to beneficiaries of the General Municipal Employees Retirement Fund and the Biloxi Disability and Relief Fund for Firemen and PolicemenClick to read the Resolution

(06/26/18)  Margaritaville announces expansion to their property: an amusement park and more! Click to read   Click to read more

(06/24/18)   Email me your preferred email address if you’d like to receive my Sunday Ward 5 eBlast… If you’re already on my list your received your copy in today’s email.  If you’re not on my list, here’s what you missed: Ward 5 eBlast, 06/24/18

(06/22/18)  Ever thought about how your city water and sewer bill is calculated?
See the water & sewer rates for this year
(and the next two scheduled rated increases)
See two examples, 1 residential and 1 commercial 
A senior citizen rate is available for Seniors.
Questions about your water bill? Contact the city water department, 228.435.6236; 195 Main Street, Biloxi, MS, 39530.

(06/16/18)  Scrapin’ the Coast begins this week.  Because the Coliseum’s west parking lot is used for Scrapin’ events, the “shortcut” often available to residents in Maison d’Orleans apartments, Briarfield subdivision, and Grande View apartments, will not be open.  So, “Neighborhood Passes” will not be issued.  The Traffic Plan will be the same used for Spring Break and will be implemented in stages as traffic increases.  So, expect to see traffic cones…  See the Traffic Plan  Sign up for   No additional law enforcement officers will be hired for this event.  Suggestion: Sign up for B-Alert for traffic advisories sent to your phone; it’s FREE!

(06/14/18)  Blue Angels Air Show is headed to Biloxi!  It’s been three years since the last air show… and this one’s over the beach… Home     Info     Lineup     Sponsors     Q&A     Map

(06/05/18)  A.J. Holloway, who oversaw an unprecedented number of quality-of-life improvements during his unprecedented 22 years as Biloxi’s mayor, died early Tuesday morning. He was 79.  He was elected to the City Council in 1989 and elected mayor in 1993, 1997, 2001, 2005, 2009, and 2013, before resigning in 2015.  Holloway became mayor a year after casino gaming was legalized. The industry re-energized the local economy, creating 15,000 jobs, generating $6 billion in development, boosting the number of annual visitors to the community from a million a year to between 8 and 10 million a year, and accounting for billions in new revenue.  And Holloway, long known as a fiscal conservative, tripled the size of the Biloxi Police and Fire departments (he called them the “best-trained, best-equipped and best-paid police and fire departments you’ll find”), built a $10 million Lopez-Quave Public Safety Center and new fire stations in east Biloxi, north Biloxi and Eagle Point; abolished fees for youth sports leagues  and oversaw the construction of the Donal M. Snyder Sr. Community Center, the renovation and expansion of the Biloxi Community Center, and the construction of an 80-acre sports complex in north Biloxi that would later bear his name.  “He was a force,” Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich said. “He was always in it, and that smile was infectious.” (Source”: Bmail, 06/05/18)

(06/02/18)  Interested in receiving my weekly Ward 5 eBlast every Sunday?  Just e-mail me your preferred email address and I’ll add you to my distribution list!

(06/02/18)  On June 1, the City of Biloxi began operating under the 2018 International Building and Fire Codes, which, on the surface may not be a big deal but the updated codes mean property owners should continue to enjoy discounts on building and flood insurance premiums.  The codes, which govern new construction and renovations, have minimal changes from previous editions, but it’s vitally important the city keep them updated, said Community Development Director Jerry Creel, whose department is the lead agency overseeing construction in the city.  “The codes are updated every three years to address any new technology in the field of construction or to address any life safety issues that may have surfaced,” Creel said.  The building division of Community Development and city’s fire department are graded by the Mississippi Building Department Rating Bureau. Each participating city and county are given a grade between 1 and 10, with one being the top rating.  Currently the city has some of the top-rated codes in the state: The building division has a “4,” and the Biloxi Fire Department has a “3.” Said Creel: “As a result of these excellent ratings, Biloxi property owners who build structures under this rating should be receiving discounts on their building insurance premiums. The amount of the discounts vary depending on a number of factors.”  Additionally, the city’s efforts in helping prevent flood damage, through code enforcement or public education, also earns property owners discounts on flood insurance. (Source: Bmail, May 31, 2018)

(05/25/18)  Holiday trash schedule: Pelican Waste and Waste Management will be running their normal pickup days and routes for Monday, Memorial Day.

(05/24/18)  Point Cadet Waterfront Enterprise… Council approved, this past Tuesday, a resolution requesting the state legislature increase the principal amount of bond proceeds authorized to be issued by the Department of Marine Resources to be used for the improvement of marine resources in this state.  Translation:  The city has a development plan for Point Cadet, on property by the Golden Nugget casino, and is requesting the legislature bond $25M, annual notes to be paid from Tidelands grant money.  (The city of Biloxi generates about $8M/year in Tidelands money but has typically received less than $1M in Tideland grants annually.)  The resolution is expected to be considered in the 2019 legislative session.  See the resolution and drawings

(05/23/18)  The City of Biloxi Engineering Department, in conjunction with the Public Works Department, is planning to perform sanitary sewer smoke testing in parts of Ancient Oaks and Tanglewood subdivisions.  The objective of the testing is to remove sources of rainwater from the sanitary sewer system by locating breaks and defects in the sewer lines.  This helps to protect the environment by reducing the number of sewer overflows and keep wastewater treatment costs down and sanitary sewer rates low.  See the letter to affected residents     See the part of Ancient Oaks that’s affected     See the part of Tanglewood that’s affected

(05/23/18)  A reminder that all city offices are closed Monday, May 28, for Memorial Day.

(05/20/18)  The city’s Tree Committee has a representative from each ward; do you know what they do?   Click here to see the committee’s purpose, who represents your ward, and how to contact them

(05/20/18)  A relatively short Council agenda this Tuesday, May 22….. click to see

(05/20/18)  Installation of a 16 inch water line will begin very soon (if not already begun as you read this) on the north side of Irish Hill Drive from behind Biloxi Upper Elementary School (the old BJHS and prior to that BHS) east to the cemetery.   The main gate to Keesler Air Force Base on White Avenue will remain open during this project, although lanes may be restricted to some degree during the installation in front of the gate.

(05/13/18)  To receive my weekly Ward 5 eBlast every Sunday, just e-mail me your preferred email address and I’ll add you to the distribution list!

(05/13/18)  A lengthy agenda awaits Council action this week: (1) School Board appointment for an unexpired term, (2) Preliminary Subdivision Plat approval for 15 residential lots in Ward 7, (3) Vacation of an approved public right-of-way in Ward 6, (4) Zoning map amendment, 13251 Reece Bergeron Road in Ward 7, and (5) a number of change orders, funding applications, and budget amendments.  Click here to see the agenda

(05/13/18)  Pics of the boardwalk under construction behind “Restaurant Row” in west Biloxi

(05/10/18)  Ward 5 Meeting feedback…  Major Ron Lessner, Biloxi Police Department, heard comments related to Spring Break from about a dozen Ward 5 residents who attended last night’s meeting at the Snyder Recreation Center on Pass Road.  All present agreed the Traffic Plan, including police cruisers at the entrance to some subdivisions, worked very well and traffic through those neighborhoods was minimal. Maj. Lessner noted there were five stages to the plan but only three stages were implemented because, due to the weather Saturday, crowds were well below estimates.  He acknowledged that hiring additional law enforcement officers for the event allowed police cruisers to help control traffic in and out of those subdivisions between the Coliseum and Edgewater Mall.  Also, Jane Shambra, Biloxi Library, spoke about the Preservation in May historical program events which were listed in last week’s eBlast.

(05/07/18)  There will be a Ward 5 Meeting, open to the public, Wednesday, May 9, 6:00 pm, at the Donal Snyder Recreation Center, second floor.  Biloxi Police Department officers want feedback from residents in Ward 5 about the traffic and safety plan associated with the Spring Break event that occurred April 13-15.  Jane Shambra will also talk about Preservation in May events.

(05/07/18)  Local, state and federal officials will join Keesler Air Force Base leaders Friday, May 11, at 10  a.m. to formally break ground on Phase 1 of an estimated $37 million project to locate a new main entry gate at Division Street and Forrest Avenue. The two-and-half-year project includes an expanded and enhanced boulevard along Division from I-110 to Forrest Avenue.  Click here to read more

(04/30/18)  A brief reminder of the R U Ready? Hurricane Preparedness program Wednesday evening, 5:00 pm, at the Donal Snyder CenterClick here to see the flyer

(04/27/18)  The Great Biloxi Schooner Mayors Cup Race, Saturday, May 5… Noon start with an after party to follow!  Schooner Pier Complex, 367 Beach Blvd., Biloxi… Fish Plates $7, Cash Bar, Entertainment by Michael Halat, FREE Admission!

(04/23/18)  There will be a Ward 5 Meeting, open to the public, Wednesday, May 9, 6:00 pm, at the Donal Snyder Recreation Center, second floor.  Biloxi Police Department officers want feedback from residents in Ward 5 about the traffic and safety plan associated with the Spring Break event that occurred April 13-15.

(04/18/18)  The “Blues over Biloxi” Air Show, featuring the U.S. Navy Blue Angels, is coming up July 21-22 over the Biloxi Beach, and local businesses have a chance to have their brand in front of the tens of thousands of individuals expected in town for the show.  Click here to learn more

(04/18/18)  The City of Biloxi is testing the waters to see if developers are interested in prime city-owned downtown properties: the Magnolia Hotel and an adjoining public parking area, the Creole Cottage, and the large tract of land across the street from Biloxi City Hall.  The complete Request for Proposals for the three sites, including descriptions and submission forms, are in the city’s online Plans Room. To visit the online Plans Room, where interested firms or individuals must register for free, go to www.biloxiplans.com.

(04/16/18)  Spring Break comes to an end  (WLOX video)

(04/10/18)   Biloxi Councilman Paul Tisdale says his area of Biloxi is “ground zero” for Spring Break traffic issues.   With that in mind, Tisdale has a plan so those who work and live in Ward 5 can at least gain access to their homes and businesses. He calls them neighborhood or “hall passes.”  See the video (WLOX)

(04/10/18)   Over the years, two “park-n-play” lots, heavily promoted on social media for months as “Spring Break headquarters,” have been the focal point of Spring Break activities near the Coast Coliseum, which has its own array of activities under the banner of “Black Beach Weekend.”  The Coast Coliseum has thousands of parking spaces that will be open for Spring Break, and a host of property owners along front beach – including Michael L. Shuler, RW Development, Sundance Capital Investments, South Beach North and Gulf Beach Resort Hotel – are leasing property to individuals to either sell parking spaces, food or beer.  As of April 6, a total of 20 vendors have applied for and received city permits to sell food, beer or parking at private properties they have rented along the front beach, according to records from the city’s Community Development Department.
See the list of locations, vendors and property owners

(04/07/18)  Spring Break (Apr. 13-15):   Podcast/BPD Chief speaks   Q&A/Traffic Plan   B-Alert for traffic updates    Traffic will pick up south of Biloxi Bay Thursday, increasing Friday, and peaking on Saturday.  Remember that there are only two (2)  roads running east/west from Point Cadet to Gulfport, south of the bay: Highway 90 and Irish Hill/Pass Road.  When traffic gridlocks on Highway 90, “Venting” will begin by closing through streets off of Highway 90 and directing traffic west to Cowan-Lorraine Road and up to I-10, or east to Ocean Springs and up to I-10.  If you must travel this weekend allow yourself plenty of time to get from where you are to where you want to go.

(04/07/18)  R U Ready?  Find out…  The City of Biloxi is sponsoring 3 hurricane preparedness outreach events, 5:00-7:30 pm, each evening: May 1, at Frank G. Gruich Community Center, 591 Howard Ave.; May 2, Donal Snyder Community Center, 2520 Pass Rd.; and May 3, Woolmarket City Center, 13034 Kayleigh Cove.  Free public events to educate and remind residents about the precautions they should take before, during, and after a storm.  Each event will include informational booths, demonstrations, round table discussions, food and giveaways.  For more information, call 228.435.6200.

(04/07/18)  Summer Playground registration information:   Woolmarket, April 14     Rest of Biloxi, April 21

(04/03/18)   With Spring Break just around the corner – April 13-15 – the City of Biloxi is launching B-Alert, a new notification system that will offer real-time traffic information and other advisories directly to your cell phone.  Although the system will have a wide array of uses as time goes by, the initial roll out will be exclusively for Spring Break.   It takes only a few seconds to sign up.  Text SPBK to 888777 That’s all it takes.  After Spring Break, you’ll have a chance to learn about a host of other uses for B-Alert. They’ll all be free, too.

(04/03/18)  Biloxi residents, motorists, businesses and public safety workers are preparing for more visitors and heavy traffic April 13-15 in connection with an influx of tens of thousands of visitors for Spring Break events.   Here are frequently asked questions and answers about the event and steps the city takes to keep traffic moving:  Click here

(04/03/18)  Spring Break Traffic Plan

(03/17/18)  (1) Among other things on Tuesday’s agenda, there will be a First Reading to extend the waiver, for another year, permitting temporary signs (like the “feather” flags or banners) to be displayed every day.  Denying the waiver would mean the ordinance on the books would be enforced, permitting temporary signs to be displayed for a very limited each year.  (2) What bills are on the Docket to be paid? Click here   (3)  How complex can the agreements with the Secretary of State’s office be?  We’re acting to renew the Tidelands Agreements… Click here to read the renewal agreement   (4) Check out the city’s GIS web page… interesting,  informative, and useful.

(03/11/18)  Easter is on the way and the Parks & Recreation Department has three (3) events scheduledSee the calendar on this page… Easter Carnival with refreshments, inflatables, games and Egg Hunt!  Be sure to note the restrictions on the flyer, i.e., age, parents, volunteers, and time of Egg Hunt.

(03/09/18)  For those who attended the Ward 5 meeting Wednesday night: The Coast Coliseum Commission meets the fourth Tuesday, 9:30 am, Green Room in the lobby of the Coliseum.  From what I understand, although the meeting is open to the public, Citizen Comments are not a part of the agenda. (I’ll check to see if this is accurate.)  I can only assume that those wishing to speak must meet/conference with the Executive Director of the Coliseum before being placed on the agenda to address the commissioners.

(03/07/18)  About 35 Ward 5 residents who live between Edgewater Mall and the Coast Coliseum heard Major Ron Lessner, Biloxi Police Department, make the following points about Spring Break… The police department will do what can be done to facilitate your movement and protect your property… There will be more officers stationed on Highway 90, at each intersection… One lane east and one lane west will be reserved for emergency vehicles… Based on information BPD is receiving/gleaning information that an estimated 70-90,000 will attend this event… Edgewater Mall will be open and will hire additional security… As the night progresses, BPD will be prepared to handle the vast majority of violations that may occur…The White Avenue entrance to KAFB will be closed… Highway 90 traffic will be bumper to bumper; when gridlock occurs, “venting” east and west will be implemented, pushing traffic toward Gulfport and Ocean Springs… Irish Hill Dr. and Pass Road will be bumper-to-bumper… Officers will be stationed at intersections on Pass Road as manpower permits… An estimated 50 law enforcement officers have been hired from surrounding areas to assist BPD with this event this event.

(03/07/18)  Don’t forget to move your clock forward one (1) hour before going to bed Saturday night! Daylight Savings Time begins at 2:00 am, Sunday, March 11.

(03/04/18)  Don’t forget the Ward 5 meeting… Wednesday, March 7, 6:00, Snyder CenterSpring Break and Mercury Lane gate are the topics… Major Ron Lessner, BPD, and Peter Abide, city attorney, are the speakers.

(02/25/18)  There’s a Ward 5 meeting scheduled for Wednesday, March 7, 6:00-7:15 pm, at the Snyder Recreation Center, second floor. Topics/Speakers: (1) Major Ron Lessner, BPD, request this ward meeting specifically to listen to residents’ concerns related to Mississippi Gulf Coast Spring Break (April 13-15)… particularly those who reside in neighborhoods/apartments/condominiums along Highway 90… and share an update on the traffic/safety plan.  (2) Mr. Peter Abide, city attorney, will be available to speak and answer questions on the Mercury Lane gate.  (Mercury Lane connects the parking lot of Maison d’Orleans with Briarfield subdivision.)  Although this ward meeting is really geared to residents in the areas noted, it’s a public meeting and everyone is welcome.

(02/25/18)  The Tree Committee is scheduled to present an update to the Council at Tuesday’s meeting, February 27, 1:30, city hall.

(02/19/18)  On tomorrow’s Council agenda, among other things:  (1) Public Hearing on rezoning a parcel of land  (from Residential to Neighborhood Business) adjacent to Wells Ferry subdivision… the Council will vote on this issue later in the meeting, (2) First Readings of ordinance amendments related to sewer connections: (A) Property owners will be responsible for the installation of sewer lateral lines and, if necessary, sewer ejection systems or grinder pumps, (B) Sewer charges for residents of trailers will increase to that of homeowners, $29.63 (an increase of $6.25/month), (3) Declaring intent to extend the maturity date of the city’s Grant Anticipation Note, Series 2017 ($8,250,810), (4) Approving Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) subgrant recipients: Gulf Coast Center for Nonviolence ($10,000) and Moore Community House ($25,000) to assist with affordable, education-oriented childcare services, and Open Doors Homeless Coalition ($20,000) to assist eligible homeless families with children, veteran, and non-veteran individuals secure and maintain affordable housing.

(02/05/18)  Arbor Day tree giveaway… Friday, February 9see the flyer

(02/03/18)  I’m compiling a Ward 5 e-mail list to keep constituents informed.  If you’d like to be added to my list, send your preferred e-mail address to ptisdale1@yahoo.com.  

(02/02/18)  Mardi Gras safety tips, traffic info and parade routes for Neptune and Gulf Coast Carnival Association

(02/01/18)  Thank you to the 46 stout souls who attended the Ward 5 meeting tonight and had their questions answered about Mississippi Gulf Coast Spring Break 2018.  Chief John Miller fielded all the questions and explained the traffic plan.  And, thank you Mayor Gilich and CAO Mike Leonard for attending.  See the video (WLOX, 2:20)

(01/30/18)  Click here to see Mayor Gilich’s State of the City presentation (youtube)
Click here to hear the Mayor’s comments after the presentation (podcast)
Read the full text of the presentation

(01/27/18)  Another reminder that the Ward 5 Meeting, Thursday, February 1, 6:00 pm, Snyder Recreation Center on Pass Road, will focus solely on Spring Break bring your questions with you.  Hope to see you there.

(01/27/18)  Mayor Gilich will give his State of the City Address Tuesday, January 31, at the Beau Rivage Casino.  Cable One will air the mayor’s State of the City presentation every hour on the hour beginning 1:00 pm, Wednesday, January 31 through 1:00 pm Friday, February 2… Cable channel 69.

(01/20/18)  A reminder that I am happy to speak about what’s happening in Ward 5 if you’d like me to address your homeowner’s association membership, apartment complex residents, or neighborhood residents.  My contact information is found at the top of this column.  Also, to reduce the costs to the city (about $800/mailout), future notices of Ward 5 meetings will be posted at this website; residents will no longer receive mailed cards/notices.

(01/20/18)  Thinking that some of you may be looking for something different to do may want to check out the new sternwheel paddleboat, Betsy Ann, that has recently opened for business at the Point Cadet Marina… sunset cruises, historical/ecological tours, field trips, and private charters.  Click here to learn more

(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    

(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    

(10/28/17)  Proposed Special Events ordinance: You’re thinking about or planning to conduct an event in Biloxi that will draw dozens, hundreds or thousands of people.  How will this ordinance affect you and your plans?  Read the proposed ordinance   Perhaps you don’t like some, or all, of what you’re reading… Great idea or horrible idea… What can you do about it?  Let the city council know your concerns and suggestions at the Public Hearing scheduled immediately after Tuesday’s, November 14, 1:30, council meeting.  We want to hear from you.  It’s what public hearings are for.  Don’t want to speak publicly on the matter?  Contact your council person click here

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

(10/21/17)  Tuesday’s agenda has First Readings for proposed amendments to three city ordinances that are likely to generate citizen comments and council discussion at the subsequent council meeting: Special Events, Panhandling and Loitering.  Typically for a First Reading, a Motion is made and Seconded, to be carried over to the subsequent meeting (in this case, Tuesday, November 7, 6:30) for council action.  I’d be interested in any thoughts you might have re the proposed Special Events ordinance… email me at ptisdale1@yahoo.com.

(10/19/17)  A couple of reminders about the new garbage and recycling carts
1. Please place your carts approximately 4 feet apart so trucks can easily and quickly make their pickups.
2. All recycling and garbage materials should be inside the cart.
3. Carts should be placed outside no later than 6 a.m. on your day of service (FRIDAY in Ward 5).
Trash (limbs, clippings, bulky items like furniture, etc) should be placed by the curbside.; all leaves and grass should be bagged.
Click here to visit the Harrison County Utility Authority (HCUA) website.

(10/19/17) Waste Pro looking at ‘legal options’ after Harrison County utility imposed a $500K fine

(10/14/17)  I drove a few Ward 5 neighborhoods this morning to get a feel for garbage, recycle and trash pickup and provide this update(1) Waste Pro (the old contractor) still has many garbage carts and blue recycle bins to pick up, so keep those carts curbside so they can find them and pick them up in the near future. (2) Team Waste picked up Friday’s garbage on Friday!  (3) Recycle carts were emptied by Team Waste (new contractor) Friday!  (4) Much, but not all yard waste/trash was picked up Friday; some was picked up Saturday by Pelican Waste (new contractor). (5) Some yard waste, due to Hurricane Nate, was not picked up yet; a knuckle boom truck will be required due to the length and quantity of tree limbs, shrubbery, etc.  (6) I did observe that some of the old Waste Pro garbage carts were filled with leave and yard waste… I don’t believe Team Waste will dump them with their garbage trucks… Suggest those leaves be placed curbside in trash bags for pickup.  (7) Pelican Waste will be picking up debris on Sunday, and city crews will be following up during the week.  Bring it out to the curb! (8) Reminder: Friday is pick day in Ward 5. (9) (HCUA) has set up a Help Line, 228.701.9086, to connect callers directly to Team Waste or Pelican Waste (the new contractors)(10) If you’re in Ward 5 and need to contact me on this topic, ptisdale1@yahoo.com or 228.297.6800 (cell).

(10/14/17)  A couple of items that are somewhat unusual on Tuesday’s agenda: (1) Waiving the building permit fee for residential, owner-occupied structures that were damaged in Hurricane Nate and (2) Waiving the building permit fee for commercial structures that were damaged in Hurricane Nate.  Any thoughts on these two issues you’d like to share with me? ptisdale1@yahoo.com.  Also, the ordinance concerning city holidays is being amended to be in line with the state statute re the number of holidays that can be observed, and the city has plans to lease the second and third floors of the old federal building/post office on Main Street to house some city offices.  See the entire agenda for Tuesday’s meeting… click here

(10/12/17)  Per the city’s Project Manager (for FEMA projects), sod is expected to be laid next week along Balmoral Avenue, in the city’s right of way.

(10/12/17, 4:00 pm)  The Boil Water Notice has been lifted!

(10/09/17)  Boil Water Notice in effect  for residents of Evergreen, Park View and Oakridge Circle due to ruptured water line at the corner of Oakridge Circle and Big Lake Road.

(10/09/17)   The city is asking property owners to move their Hurricane Nate debris to the curbside now to help speed up clean-up efforts citywide.  Crews from Pelican Waste, the new trash contractor, and the city’s Public Works Department began efforts this morning to haul away debris from streets and neighborhoods.  Tree limbs should be no longer than 10 feet, according to Alan Lane of the Harrison County Utility Authority, who oversees the trash, garbage and recycling programs.  Please make sure to not place debris or bags near mailboxes, utility poles, guy wires, fire hydrants or anything that will cause an issue for the machinery that will used to pick up the trash.

(10/08/17)  After driving Ward 5 this morning, I can attest to the very light damage in Ward 5 due to Hurricane Nate.  Per Biloxi Police Department: The east bound land of Highway 90 is closed until debris from the tidal surge can be cleared from those lanes… likely late this afternoon or tonight.  Finally, it was great to see neighbors checking on and helping each other.  I suspect the city will send trucks by this next week to pick up hurricane yard debris but that’s not been verified yet.

Tree down on Big Lake, north of Pass Road

Tree split on Balmoral Ave.

Trampoline on Rue Petit Bois

Highway 90, looking west, in front of the coliseum

(10/07/17)  The Harrison County Utility Authority (HCUA) has set up a Help Line, 228.701.9086, to connect callers directly to Team Waste or Pelican Waste (the new contractors). Also, the city is advising residents to store carts and bins in a secure location IF Waste Pro, the former garbage, recycling, and trash contractor, has failed to remove its carts or recycling bins from curbside by mid-afternoon Saturday, because of Hurricane Nate.

(10/07/17)  2:40… Five shelters are now open for those individuals who feel vulnerable because of the threat of Tropical Storm Nate.
The shelters, as announced this evening by the Harrison County Emergency Agency:
D’Iberville High School
15625 Lamey Bridge Road, D’Iberville
Saucier Lizana Road 361 Shelter
23771 Saucier Lizana Road, Saucier
County Farm 361 Shelter
15038 County Farm Road, Gulfport
Lobouy 361 Shelter
9509 Lobouy Road, Pass Christian
West Harrison High School
10399 County Farm Road, Gulfport
Those needing transportation to shelters should call Coast Transit, Saturday between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., at 228-896-8080.

(10/07/17)  2:35… What to do before, during, and after the hurricane… click here

(10/07/17)  1:30 pm… Biloxi and all of Harrison County will be under a curfew from 7 tonight through 9 a.m. Sunday. Additionally, a mandatory evacuation takes effect at 2 p.m. today for for all low-lying and flood-prone areasNeed transportation? Call 228-896-8080. The sand beach is closed, effective immediately.

(10/07/17)  Live video feed from Biloxi Lighthouse… click here

(10/07/17)  The Harrison County Utility Authority (HCUA) has set up a Help Line, 228.701.9086, to connect callers directly to Team Waste or Pelican Waste (the new contractors). Also, the city is advising residents to store carts and bins in a secure location IF Waste Pro, the former garbage, recycling, and trash contractor, has failed to remove its carts or recycling bins from curbside by mid-afternoon Saturday, because of Hurricane Nate.

(10/05/17)  Updates: (1) The “Coliseum Shortcut” is open for residents of Maison d’Orleans apartments, Gulf Beach RV Resort, Grande View Apartments and Briarfield Subdivision; the gate at Mercury Lane has also been opened by the Biloxi Police Department; (2) According to Chief Operating Officer Tim Herman, Waste Pro (the trash and recycling firm that formerly served Biloxi) reports that it is escalating its efforts to remove trash cans and recycling bins from curbs throughout the city as the threat of Tropical Storm Nate looms.  Read the Sun Herald article

(10/05/17)  How to repare for a hurricane (Sun Herald)
Hurricane Preparedness Checklist (MDOT)

(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

(10/02/17)   • Your new garbage and recycling carts:  If you do not have a brown garbage cart, please call Team Waste now at (228) 328-1820.
Have a service issue?  The Harrison County Utility Authority (HCUA) has set up a one-call number for missed trash or garbage pickups or other issues. The number to call is (228) 701-9086

(09/29/17)  IMPORTANT UPDATE from the Harrison County Utility Authority (HCUA) (228.701.9086), September 29, 2017… HCUA Cart Delivery Update / Transition Plans If Residents Have Not Received CartsClick hear to read/print the update