It's a wet windfest outside today, but organizers say there's still a green light for Grillin' on the Green Saturday on the Biloxi Town Green. The Hibernia Marching Society, as well, says its ready for roll its annual parade, too.
More than 30 grill teams have signed up for the grilling competition, and 75 arts and crafts vendors have lined up for the popular event, which runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Â and has no admission fee.
"I'm thinking that will change the name of one of the groups we have performing," says Laurie Rosetti, in the city's Downtown Services Division. "We're going to change the name of 'Rhythm & Rain' to 'Rhythm & Sunshine.'"
Among the other groups scheduled to entertain during the day are Spectacular Spectacular and the Black Water Band.
The Hibernia Marching Society's annual St. Patrick's parade will roll by the Town Green shortly after 2 p.m. Bleachers have been erected for public parade viewing across from City Hall.
The parade has a new route this year to minimize the impact on U.S. 90 traffic. It begins at Howard Avenue, north of the Biloxi Yacht Club, travels west on Howard, south on Main, west on U.S. 90, north on Lameuse, westward on MLK Boulevard, turning west onto Howard, then north on Caillavet, ending at Esters Boulevard.
See the Hibernia parade route
See the overall weekend lineup
Council to consider April 28 special election
The Biloxi City Council on Tuesday is expected to call for a special election to be held April 28 to fill the unexpired term of Mayor A.J. Holloway.
The issue is on the council's agenda for its 1:30 p.m. meeting at City Hall. The meeting will be open to the public.
The complete agenda and available resolutions were not available at this writing, but you can see the special election resolution by clicking here.
Work continues on a number of projects, proposals
By Jerry Creel, Community Development Director
This week in economic development, Our department issued permits for a new medical office for Dr. Michael Diaz to be located at 936 Tommy Munro Drive, and a renovation permit for Hard Rock Casino to accomodate a new Pie Five Pizza Restaurant.
Also this week, we completed the plans review for Marshall's Crematorium. Plans for the Sheraton Four Points conversion, and for renovations to The Golden Nugget Hotel are ready to be picked up. We have received renovation plans for Walgreen's on Pass Road, and building plans for 7 new single family houses.
Construction continues on the Baseball Stadium, Arbor Landing Apartments, Sal & Mookie's Restaurant, the Blind Tiger Restaurant, Saint Michael's Life Parish Center, repairs to Casino Magic, and a number of other commercial projects.
We are continuing to work with developers to move forward on the proposed Walmart Neighborhood Market for Popp's Ferry Road, Citizen's Bank, the new La Quinta Hotel, the new Hyatt Place Hotel, the Vieux Marche Plaza, the Cottages at Oak Park, Hidden Springs, the Biloxi Boardwalk Expansion and a number of other developing projects.
So far this week we have issued 40 building permits with a total construction valuation of $2.1 million.
News and notes
Head North: The Biloxi Visitors Center will host a free reception Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m. to showcase the the latest works of local nature photopgraher Alex North. To see some of his work and get a glimpse of the exhibit, visit North's Facebook page by clicking here.
Webcasting: The State of the City redux, Grillin' on the Green and the St. Paddy's parade Â are among the topics in this week's program, taped this morning at Biloxi City Hall. To listen, click here.
Traffic update: To see the impact that road and infrastructure work in having on streets throughout the city, and to appreciate the scope of work now underway, click here.
DRC: The Development Review Commission has one project to review next week: water system improvements being made by the Harrison County Utility Authority at its site on Greater Avenue. To see the agenda, click here.
Released by Vincent Creel, Public Affairs Manager, City of Biloxi