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Biloxi Adding More Lights on U.S. 90
Tree Sculptor Begins New Project on Beach Boulevard, Mayor Seeks Federal Funds for Water and Sewer Work in Woolmarket Area

From: City of Biloxi     5/30/07   GCN

Dayton Scoggins, the Mississippi-born chainsaw artist whom the city commissioned to create the sculptures on Beach Boulevard a couple blocks west of the Biloxi Lighthouse, began working this morning on his latest city-commissioned work: the creation of a pod of dolphins from a 15-foot tree on U.S. 90 east of St. George Street.

To see his progress since 8 a.m. Wednesday morning, click here.

Elsewhere on U.S. 90, Let there be light.

The tree-sculpting work is a fraction of the overall work underway at the moment on U.S. 90 in Biloxi. The city has nearly a million dollars in lighting improvements underway in two separate projects: the installation of lighting between White Avenue and St. George Street and between Rodenberg Avenue and Beauvoir Road. To see background on that work, click here.

MDOT, meantime, continues to work to re-energize the stretch of street lights between the Biloxi Lighthouse and Caillavet Street. Crews have been repairing underground wiring for several days. The state agency also hopes to restore lighting on the I-110 highrise.

And, finally, MDOT contractors installing the nearly 3,000 palms, oaks and other plantings in the center median of Beach Boulevard should wrap up that $1.4 million project within 30 days. The work area covers the center medians between Pass Christian to Casino Row in Biloxi.

Other Biloxi News and notes

Mayor A.J. Holloway was in Atlanta Wednesday afternoon meeting with regional leaders of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Holloway hopes to secure funding to address water and sewer issues in the Woolmarket community. The mayor returns home Thursday afternoon.

We don't want to alarm Coast residents, but Meteorologist Jim Cantore and The Weather Channel are scheduled to be broadcasting live from Biloxi throughout the day Monday, part of cable channelís coverage of the 2007 hurricane season, which begins Friday. In the past, visits by Cantore are jokingly seen by some as a harbinger of a tropical storm or hurricane.

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