Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich applauded U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran today for his leadership in obtaining a quarter-million dollars in funds that will allow the city to analyze land use issues affecting Keesler Air Force Base.

Cochran, chairman of the Senate Defense Appropriations Subcommittee, today announced the award of $214,000 in Department of Defense funds and $23,000 in funds from the Mississippi Development Authority for the city to conduct a 24-month Joint Land Use Study to review issues related to potential effects of future growth for Biloxi, Keesler and the surrounding area.

“Senator Cochran knows the importance of Keesler Air Force Base, and he knows that it is vital that the base’s mission be protected,” Gilich said. “His leadership on this issue is giving Biloxi the tools to work with Keesler and our neighboring communities to make sure that growth is for the betterment of all.”

The Biloxi study will consider issues such as height, density, encroachment, noise abatement and other factors.

The city has tasked Gulf Regional Planning Commission to oversee the study and to involve the City of DIberville and Harrison County. The commission plans to request proposals from qualified planners in November.

This Joint Land Use Study is part of ongoing work by the city, state and Air Force to ensure beneficial growth for both Keesler and surrounding communities, Cochran said. Were proud that Keesler is in South Mississippi and this review should provide good information to sustain the mutual interests of the Air Force and Biloxi.

The Biloxi City Council in July approved a resolution authorizing the city to serve as a sponsor for this study.

Joint land-use studies are used by the Department of Defense to involve local stakeholders, such as local governments, in finding compatible development patterns that complement the mission of a military base and its host community.
See the Cochran announcement


A Halloween heads up

Halloween, Part 1: The Parks and Recreation’s free annual Special Needs Halloween Costume Ball will be Friday from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Donal Snyder Community Center. Individuals with physical and mental disabilities can don Halloween garb and enjoy tasty treats. Details: 228-388-7170. To see a flyer, click here.

Halloween, Part 2: Biloxi Main Street’s “drive-in movie” returns to the Town Green on Saturday with the movie “Race to Witch Mountain.” You’ll also find a Halloween costume contest, games, inflatables and trick or treating. Details: 228-435-6339. To see a flyer, click here.

Halloween, Part 3: Seniors can dress up in Halloween attire, listen to a local DJ and enjoy lunch during the Seniors Halloween Bash and Luncheon on Friday, Oct. 30 from noon to 2 p.m. at the Donal Snyder Community Center. Seniors are asked to bring a dessert. Details: 228-388-2494. To view a flyer, click here.

Halloween, Part 4: The annual Halloween at Hiller Park for children up to age 11 will be Friday, Oct. 30 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Barbara Ferrill Softball Fields. Children can wear festive costumes, enjoy Halloween-themed games, and trick or treat around the field. Local businesses will have decorated tables filled with candy. For details: 228-388-7170.


News and notes

Soccer: Registration for Biloxi’s youth soccer league for ages eight and up will take place Saturday, October 24 from 9 a.m. to noon at the Donal Snyder Community Center on Pass Road. For more information, call the Recreation Department at 228-388-2483. To see a flyer, click here.

Cemetery tour finale: To see photographs from the encore presentation of the cemetery tours on Tuesday, click here.


Released by Biloxi Public Affairs Manager Vincent Creel