Biloxi News Update

From:  City of Biloxi   3/24/17   GCN

Dredging work moves a step closer

Boat owners who use the boat launch at Hiller Park have complained for years about the need for dredging of the canal near the boat launch, and now it appears a city project is on track for deepening of that area and other sites along the Biloxi waterfront.

Christy LeBatard, the city's director of engineering, reports that bids will be opened on April 26 for the dredging at, in order of priority, Sherman Canaan Back Bay Fishing Dock, Hiller Park canal, Mercedes-Walda canal, North Haven-Holly Hills canal, Point Cadet Marina, Goosepoint-Lakeview-Bay Point canal and Sunrise canal.

One warning, according to LeBatard: "Much of the work will depend on the bids and how far we can stretch the $645,000 in Tidelands funds. We don't have a date on when dredging will begin, but we are closer today than we have ever been. We'll know more after we open and review the bids."

See aerial photos of the proposed sites
 
'Southern Living' has a list about Biloxi

"Southern Living," which is all about Great Things Southern, has a glowing update on Biloxi, which it hails as a charming town "with gorgeous scenic views, a fantastic art museum, and some of the best seafood around -- you'll want to stop and stay awhile."ť

Among the list of seven things that would-be visitors are missing in Biloxi: the new Margaritaville Resort and the renovated White House Hotel; plying the deep-sea waters with Captain Jay or Captain Kenny, or the near-shore waters with the Biloxi Shrimping Trip; or visiting the striking Ohr-O'Keefe; or just seeing a strike with the Biloxi Shuckers.

See the story and video for yourself
 
Registration coming up for summer playground

Hundreds of youngsters will soon be out for summer break, and the City of Biloxi is preparing to fill their time with fun and creative activities through the Summer Playground and Enrichment Program. Registration for the summer camp will be held on two main dates: Saturday, April 1 and Saturday, April 8. 

On April 1, registration will be open to Woolmarket residents for Woolmarket school site, and will take place from 9 a.m. to noon at the Woolmarket Elementary Gym, 12513 John Lee Rd.

Then on April 8, registration will be open to Biloxi residents for Biloxi school sites and facilities and will take place at the Donal Snyder Sr. Community Center, 2520 Pass Road.

The program is for children ages of 5 to 14 and if approved by the school board, camps will be held Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. with extended care or latch-key, from 3 to 6 p.m. Camps will begin Monday, June 5 and end on Friday, July 28.

If slots are available, late registration will be held Monday, April 3 through Friday, May 19 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Hiller Park, 377 Hiller Drive.

Said Parks & Recreation Director Cheryl Bell: "This program is always a lot of fun for the campers and counselors and fills up fairly quickly.  So we are asking parents to be prepared and have the required information and payment ready."

See information on Woolmarket registration
See information on Biloxi registration
See more about the Summer Playground program
 
City seeks nominations for volunteer awards

The City of Biloxi is seeking nominations for its upcoming 34th annual Volunteer Recognition Ceremony, which takes place Tuesday, April 25 at the Dr. Frank Gruich Sr. Community Center, 591 Howard Ave. 
The city will recognize individuals who volunteer in the areas of health, community, arts and history, education, military, non-profits, youth, and sports. Also recognized will be businesses, adult and youth groups, and a Distinguished Volunteer of the Year.

The deadline for nominations to be received is Monday, April 10. Forms can be picked up at the Bond-Grant House on Howard Avenue or can be filled out electronically by clicking here.

If you have any questions on the 34th Annual City of Biloxi Volunteer Recognition, please contact Downtown Services Manager Kay Miller at 228 435-6339 or kmiller@biloxi.ms.us.

See the nomination form
 
Absentee ballots available weekdays at City Hall

Absentee voting is now taking place Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. for the May 2 Democratic and Republican primaries for mayor and City Council.

Some registered voters are eligible to vote by an absentee ballot because of age, health, work demands, temporary relocation for educational purposes or their affiliation with the U.S. Armed Forces. For details on whether you are eligible, contact Municipal Clerk Stacy Thacker via email at sthacker@biloxi.ms.us or (228) 435-6254.

Learn more about the upcoming elections in Biloxi
 
News and notes

City Council meeting:  Among the issues on the agenda for the Biloxi City Council meeting Tuesday at 1:30 p.m. are consideration of an updated Tidelands lease for the Popp's Ferry causeway park, where the city plans to move forward with plans for a recreational area; and nearly $150,000 in support vehicles for the fire department. To read the entire agenda and supporting documents, click here.

Traffic update: To see the latest on streets and infrastructure work throughout the city, click here.