Leaders Gather to Mark Keesler Gate Project, more Biloxi News

From:  City of Biloxi    6/2/17   GCN

Local, state and federal officials joined Keesler Air Force Base leaders Thursday to announce an estimated $37 million project to locate a new main entry gate at Division Street and Forrest Avenue. The two-year project includes an expanded and enhanced boulevard along Division from I-110 to Forrest Avenue.

Mississippi Development Authority Executive Director Glenn McCullough underscored the State's support. And Myrtis Franke, director of the Southern District Office of Sen. Thad Cochran, also read a statement from Mississippi's senior senator, who crafted federal funding for the project.

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"This has been dreamed about for years, and together the partners have taken the dream and made it reality," Gilich said. "The new gate was my No. 1 priority upon taking office two years ago, and thanks to the collaboration and support from Sen. Cochran and Sen. Wicker, Gov. Bryant, Col. Edmonson and Congressman Palazzo, we're here today to announce a project that will advance the long-standing relationship between Biloxi and Keesler. There were many others involved in this process, and we are indebted to every one of them."

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See a timeline for the Keesler gate
See images from the announcement
See the 31 minute MDA video of the announcement 
See the preliminary rendering of the Division Street entrance
News and notes

Shuckers doubleheader: The Biloxi Shuckers will play a doubleheader with Mobile BayBears tonight beginning at 5:05 at MGM Park. The twin bill will feature two seven-inning games, with game two games beginning about  30 minutes after the end of Game 1.  To see more about the Shuckers, click here. 

Preservation bonus: The Preservation in May Series will conclude tonight with a bonus event at the St. Michael Catholic Church.  The church will celebrate its 100th anniversary at 5 p.m. at the St. Michael Family Life Center followed by the Mass of the Deceased Fisherman which will kick off the Blessing of the Fleet weekend of activities.  To see the flyer, click here

R U ready?:  On this first day of hurricane season, the City of Biloxi wants to help make sure you are ready for a storm or flood by hosting preparedness outreach events.  The events will be from 5 to 7:30 p.m. at three locations: on Tuesday, June 20 at the Dr. Frank G. Gruich Sr. Community Center; Wednesday, June 21 at the Donal M. Snyder Sr. Community Center; and Thursday, June 22 at the Joppa Shrine Center.  To see the flyer, click here.

Biloxi happenings:  This week's City Desk podcast has follow-up discussions on the Conference USA baseball tournament and the recent vote on the mayor's homeless initiative, as well as a preview of this weekend's Biloxi Shrimp Festival and Blessing of the Fleet. To listen to the program, which was recorded earlier today at City Hall, click here.   

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