It was a Week 321 Years in the Making, more Biloxi News   

From:  City of  Biloxi    2/14/2020   GCN

Biloxi observed the 321st anniversary of its founding this week, with the day named in honor of longtime local historian Edmond Boudreaux. History and culture were celebrated throughout the week.

Mayor Andrew "FoFo" Gilich, in one of the widest ranging interviews of his 56 months in office, spoke about old and present-day Biloxi in an appearance on Coast Vue, a radio show and podcast with former Sun Herald Publisher Ricky Mathews.

The city's YouTube channel, which offers dozens of Biloxi videos, published two new videos: a recap of the recent Gulf Coast Historical and Cultural Expo and a look back at Tet, the Vietnamese New Year.

"City Within a City," the look back at Civil Rights issues in '60s Biloxi, is nearing a thousand views.

And, finally, there was a look back at an historian whose life was well-lived, "Edmond Boudreaux: Living History."

Video: Coast Vue with guest "FoFo" Gilich
Video: Gulf Coast Historical and Cultural Expo
Video: Tet in Biloxi
Video: City Within a City
Video: Edmond Boudreaux: Living History

Short-term rental operators closed, fined

Operators of four unlicensed short-term rentals were fined a total of $200 in Biloxi Community Court this week and ordered to cease operations.

Four other cases were resolved before court proceedings began, and three other cases face court dates.

"The city took assertive steps to ensure that operators of short-term rental units are complying with city ordinances," said Community Development Director Jerry Creel, whose department is responsible for enforcing city ordinances involving land use and zoning.

Operating a short-term rental without a proper license can result in fines of up to $500 per day.

Owners of four properties -- 256 Lameuse St., 6268 Kimbrough Blvd., 1984 Todd Cove and 4071 Lickskillet Road -- pleaded guilty, paid $50 fines and were ordered to cease operations.

Owners of two other properties -- 168 St. Paul and 214 Gill Ave. -- had their cases dismissed but agreed to cease operations and stop advertising as a short-term rental.

The owner of the property at 1880 Southern Ave. agreed to stop advertising as a short-term rental and will apply to the city for proper permits, and the owner of 126 Briarfield was issued a short-term rental permit.

City Prosecutor Robert Harenski will pursue cases against three other locations where owners failed to show up for court: 187 Bilmarson Drive, 975 Howard Ave and 170 Iberville Drive.

Said Creel: "Operators of short-term rentals who have questions concerning the regulations or anyone who believes an unlicensed short-term rental may be operating in their neighborhood should contact the city's Community Development Department at 435-6280."

Background on the short-term rental issue

News & notes: Shuckers, IP, 'Greetings from Biloxi'

Oh, say can you sing: The 2020 minor league baseball season is just around the corner, and the Biloxi Shuckers will host tryouts to perform the National Anthem on Saturday, Feb. 29 at Edgewater Mall. To find out how you can participate, click here.

Explorers: IP Casino Resort & Spa donated $3,000 this week to the Biloxi Police Department's Police Explorer Program. To see a photo of the check presentation, click here.

A new mural: "Greetings from Biloxi" is the latest in the Biloxi Main Street series of downtown murals. To see the new effort and read more about the program, click here.

Released by Vincent Creel and Cecilia Dobbs Walton