As one of the first settlements in this part of the country, Biloxi’s history is as rich as any history of a colonial town. Stepping into the 21st century, the city did not slow down. Without a doubt, the hurricane Katrina that hit the area in 2005 still marks this period. While the wind itself was not extremely devastating, the surge that followed it was. Fifteen years after the devastation, the population still did not reach the levels prior to the disaster, but the area lives on.
- In 2006, the Golden Fisherman sculpture was stolen and then recovered in damaged condition two days later.
- In 2011, eight years after Joan Kroc passed away, the Ray Kroc and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center opened.
- Margaritaville Casino received approval in 2011, opened in 2012, but closed after only two years of operation.
“Population at Biloxi in 2000 was 50644 people and by 2010 had decreased to 44,054 people due in a large part to the loss of homes and businesses from Katrina. With insurance litigation, FEMA, and other onerous issues, rebuilding of the Katrina decimated waterfront at Biloxi proceeded very slowly and by 2010 some notable progress had been made.”