Local Vietnamese Population
There is a large Asian population in Biloxi bolstered by a large contingent of Vietnamese. The Vietnamese have a huge Buddhist Temple and a Catholic Church side by side on Oak Street, and they run numerous markets, shops, and restaurants.
Many of the first returnees after Katrina were the Vietnamese who survive on the local fishing/seafood industry. In fact, Vietnamese began arriving in Biloxi in the 70s and 80s and really revitalized this industry as they were happy to accept lower paying jobs that others refused.
The Mississippi Gulf Coast, despite being only about 75 miles east-to-west, is a frequent target of some of the nation's deadliest hurricanes. Most famous are Camille in 1969 and of course Katrina in 2005, but major hurricanes also struck in 1722, 1893, 1915, and 1947. Camille had 200 mile per hour winds and a 25 foot storm surge which eliminated most buildings within 1/2 mile of the ocean and killed about 255 people. Katrina was only a category 4 hurricane with 145 mph winds when it struck, but it was a much larger hurricane affecting a greater portion of the Gulf Coast. Furthermore, Katrina's storm surge was probably a little less than Camille's, but it hit more vulnerable areas such as New Orleans' levees, causing breaks, massive flooding, and many more deaths.
According to a USA Today report, Biloxi has a 10% chance of a hurricane striking within 75 miles on any given year, which makes it one of the most likely places in the country to take a hurricane hit.
Annual Biloxi Seafood Festival -
The festival held at Point Cadet in September and goes all day and night. They report to bring in the best regional amateur and professional chefs to prepare the seafood. Lots of arts and crafts vendors from all over the south sell their wares.
Spring Pilgrimage - The Gulf Coast Garden Clubs open up many of the historic homes and gardens during the month of March.
The Mississippi Gulf Coast has a mild climate with an average temperature around 68°. Even during the coldest month the temperatures averages about 52° with 82° in the hottest month.
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