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Happening now: Matt Stebly's iconic art wins Biloxi Seafood Festival poster contest

July 16, 2014

By Mary Perez and Justin Mitchell, The Sun Herald

July 16--BILOXI -- Matt Stebly has done it again.

The Ocean Springs artist's Biloxi Seafood Festival poster contest entry was unveiled as the winner Wednesday morning at the Biloxi Chamber of Commerce Breakfast with the Mayor at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Biloxi.

Stebly, who also owns Twisted Anchor tattoo shop in Ocean Springs, has won the contest four years in a row.

He encourages others, especially young artists, to enter the poster contest.

"I tell everyone about it," Stebly said.

He got the inspiration for this year's poster by visiting the Biloxi Maritime and Seafood Museum store at Edgewater Mall with his wife, Gina, and their children Kennedy and Anderson.

"I wanted to do something a little different than the last few years," he said. He saw sea turtles and made a turtle the focus of this year's poster.

The Biloxi Seafood Festival returns to Point Cadet Plaza this year on Sept. 13 and 14.

Also at Wednesday's Breakfast with the Mayor, David Nichols, chief administrator for Biloxi, and the heads of the city departments reported about projects throughout the community.

-- Nichols said the city is evaluating bids and working to get the baseball stadium built. "We've invested a lot of money and time," he said.

-- Community Development Director Jerry Creel ran down a list of projects under way or proposed in the city. "There's renewed interest in the Casino Magic building," he said, and three new restaurants, six hotels on U.S. 90, a shopping center at Interstate 10 and almost 1,500 new are among the projects his department is reviewing or talking about with developers.

-- Public Works Director Dan Gaillet said a meeting will be held July 24 at 6 p.m. at the Gruich Center in East Biloxi to tell the community about the $116 million infrastructure project north of the railroad tracks in East Biloxi.

-- Parks and Recreation Director Cheryl Bell said a grand opening celebration is planned at Point Cadet PlazaJuly 26 and the Sports Hall of Fame activities are Aug. 22-25. Her department continues to work with Councilwoman Dixie Newman to sponsor fundraisers for Hiller Park and the next event is a kickball tournament Aug. 30.

-- Biloxi Police Chief John Miller said Biloxi is recognized as "Law Enforcement Justice Ground" because of the many law enforcement groups holding their conventions in the city.

-- Biloxi Fire Chief Joe Boney said a record number of Biloxi's fire inspectors are going through a national fire training program in Maryland and bring the training home and share it with the department.


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