Biloxi, a small but important city on Mississippi's Gulf Coast, has been reincarnated many times since its founding in the early 1700's, but it has always remained the "Playground of the South". Biloxi was once the capital of French Louisiana until it was devastated by a hurricane in 1722 and the capital was moved to New Orleans. In the early 20th century the center of the world's seafood industry. During World War II it was a major training center for the Army and Air Force. And today, it is one of the most popular resort towns on the Gulf Coast.
Biloxi is home to the Biloxi Lighthouse which survived the devastation of Hurricanes Camille and Katrina. The Lighthouse is now emblazoned on most licenses plates in the State of Mississippi and reminds us every day that we are survivors. Today, much of Biloxi has been rebuilt and is more beautiful than ever.
One of the first slangs I learned when I moved here is that Biloxi, MS is pronounced, "Bil-lux-zee, Miss-ssip-pi". I also quickly learned to love the slow, deliberate pace and the special sense of place that exists here.