The Community Improvement District Petition Signing Kick Off Party was a Touch Down!! There is still time to Join the Team!!

Thank you to everyone who came out on Tuesday October 8 to be one of the first residents to sign our Petition to form a Community Improvement District. We got off to a great start but let’s keep this momentum going! Please see below more dates that Petition will be out and about for you to sign. If you would like to schedule a time to sign please email me at A copy of the Petition is also available for signing at NeighborHouse, 1104 North Jefferson Street.

Greater Belhaven CID Petition Signing Opportunities

  • Friday, October 18, 7:30am to 9:30am, Deep South Pops, 1800 North State Street
  • Monday, October 28, 5:30pm to 7:00pm, BIA Neighbor Night, The Fairview Inn, 734 Fairview Street
  • Thursday, October 31, 6:00pm to 8:00pm, Belhaven Boo, Belvoir Circle
  • Saturday, November 2, 10:00am to 11:30am, Puppets in the Park, Belhaven Park, 1000 Poplar Blvd.

Thank you for joining us for Pumpkins in the Park!

Saturday, October 5 was a wonderful day in Belhaven Park!! T.B. Ledford performed during pumpkin decorating which was followed by a showing of “Goosebumps 2, Haunted Halloween.” Thank you to everyone who attended and especially thank you to our event sponsor Keifer’s Restaurant. Thank you to all our Art Series Sponsors: Mississippi Arts Commission, City of Jackson, Baptist Health Systems, Funderburg Sessums & Peterson PLLC, & Brandley Arant Boult Cummings.

Community Improvement District Petition Signing KICKOFF Party!!

Stop by The Rickhouse, 717 Poplar Blvd., between 5:30 and 7:00pm Tuesday, October 8 to be the one of the FIRST residents to sign our Community Improvement District Petition!

What is a Community Improvement District? Before 2001, Mississippi law allowed special local improvement assessment districts to be formed to supplement city services and enhance property values and quality of life. That legislation “sunset” (it expired) in 2001. For more than a decade, the Greater Belhaven Foundation has worked with legislators and community leaders to get it re-enacted, and in 2019, House Bill 1612 was passed by the Legislature and signed by the Governor. The passage of this Special Local Improvement Assessment District Act once again allows communities to form special assessment districts in order to enhance their neighborhoods and property values. The proposed Greater Belhaven Community Improvement District is the first step toward creating a detailed plan to improve Greater Belhaven by taking advantage of the reenacted legislation.

In order to form our Greater Belhaven we must submit a petition showing that the owners of 60% of the taxable property in Greater Belhaven are in favor of creating the CID. Once this is done, the City will schedule a special election. If 60% of qualified voters within the district are in favor, then the CID for Greater Belhaven can be created.
Bring any questions you may have and bring your ideas for what we can do!

Registration is open for the 2019 Pearl River Clean Sweep!

Cleanup teams will be deployed at over 30 locations along the Pearl River watershed, from its headwaters in Nanih Waiya, MS, downriver through the Ross Barnett Reservoir, along the border of Mississippi and Louisiana, all the way to Pearlington on the Gulf Coast. The Sweep also includes locations on the Strong and Bogue Chitto River tributaries. This event will celebrate drinkable, swimmable, fishable water in 15 counties, 2 parishes, 2 states and over 490 miles of beautiful river!

In 2017 and 2018, this event engaged more than 1,700 volunteers and removed over 60,000 pounds of trash from our watershed! The Clean Sweep was an American River’s 2017 Cleanup Champion Award Winner for “Most River Miles Cleaned”. Huge thank you to all who participated last year!

Please join us for our 3rd annual event scheduled for Sept 21, 2019. All event information can be found here:

Belmont Street Bridge Closed

The Department of Public Works has closed the Belmont Street Bridge due to multiple structural deficiencies.  The existing structure is a timber bridge that has exceeded its life expectancy.  The bridge structure is located on Belmont Street between Piedmont Street and Saint Mary Street in Belhaven.  Please adhere to the Detour signage.  The Department of Public Works will review design strategies, and funding during the closure.  The closure could last for several months.  The Department is requesting patience as they review all avenues to get the bridge back open to traffic.

Mississippi Farmer’s Market Open for Summer Hours

The Mississippi Farmers Market is located at 929 High Street, adjacent to the State Fairgrounds. The Mississippi Farmers Market is open Saturdays from 8:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. Beginning June 13, the Market will also be open on Thursdays from 8:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. For more information about the Market or to find out what’s fresh each week, call (601) 354-6573, go online to, or visit the Mississippi Farmers Market on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter.

Belhaven Neighborhood Night – Wednesday, May 29 at 7:30 pm.

Mention Belhaven Night and receive a $12 ticket. Limited seats available. Subject to availability.

May 28-June 1 and June 4-8, 2019 at 7:30 p.m.
June 2 and 9, 2019 at 2:00 p.m.

Tickets $35; $28 seniors/students

Every true story carries a secret untold.

Inspired by a real event and featuring the Grammy-nominated bluegrass score by Steve Martin and Edie Brickell, Bright Star tells a sweeping tale of love and redemption set against the rich backdrop of the American South in the 1920s and ’40s. The arrival of a young soldier just home from World War II, sets Alice Murphy on a journey to understand her past; what she finds has the power to transform both of their lives. Winner of the 2016 Drama Desk Award, Bright Star is as refreshingly genuine as it is daring and hopeful. Recommended for ages 13+

Urban Foxes has Opened!

Urban Foxes is a family-owned business that opened in 2019. We serve small-batch baked goods, coffee, beer and other rotating food and beverage options. Our pie forward menu is designed to brighten the day of each customer that comes through the door, whether for a quick breakfast or coffee on the way to work, an afternoon treat, or an early evening happy hour.

We are located in the historic Belhaven Heights neighborhood in a remodeled 1920s house with open seating in three rooms and a bookable meeting room that offers catered services; our outdoor spaces include a front porch and a courtyard.

Fairview Inn Owner Receives National Recognition

Jackson, MS – Peter Sharp, Owner of the Fairview Inn, has just been awarded the 2019 Voice of Innkeeping Award by the Association of Independent Hospitality Professionals (AIHP).

AHIP represents over 14,000 Inns and Bed and Breakfasts throughout the United States and Canada. The award is given to an individual in recognition of long lasting contributions to the Innkeeping Industry. They must demonstrate excellence in Innkeeping and in Industry leadership on a national and regional level.

Steve Hiatt, when presenting the award quoted former Association President Jay Karen: “To an association executive, there is nothing more encouraging and supportive than a member who is the first to show up, the first to register, the first to volunteer, the first to praise, the first to offer ideas and the first to donate. In my decade of the Innkeeping industry, Peter was always that person. He sought neither attention or credit, and he always gave generously in every way possible. Associations only work because of people like him. Any association member is lucky to have him as a peer, but any of us who can call him a friend are among the most fortunate of all.”

Sharp was on the Board of the Bed and Breakfast Association of Mississippi for six years and President from 2008 to 2011. He is also served on the Board of the Mississippi Tourism Association, the Professional Association of Innkeeper’s International (PAII), Select Registry ( A collection of 400 national Inns) and Beth Israel Congregation here in Jackson. He is a founding member of AIHP.

Sharp has operated the Four Diamond, Fairview Inn, along with his wife Tamar since 2006.

Said Sharp: “I am honored and humbled to receive this special recognition and share it with our outstanding Fairview Inn Management team and Staff; and especially with my wife, Tamar, who is my rock, and allowed me so many times to be away from the Inn to serve our Innkeeping community.”

“Serving our Innkeeping community has been so rewarding. The relationships you develop, the learning you garner, and the fun you have interacting with other Innkeepers has been invaluable to our business success, and giving back and helping newer Innkeepers gives one a real sense of satisfaction.”

The Fairview Inn is an eighteen room, boutique luxury Inn in the Belhaven neighborhood of Jackson, MS. Along with lodging, the Inn has 1908 Provisions Restaurant for dining, the Library Lounge for cocktails and appetizers, Nomispa for relaxation, and provides event service for rehearsal dinners, weddings and receptions, along with Corporate and Social gatherings.

For more information go or call 601-948-3429.


Neighbors – Join us Monday, March 4 from 6-8p for “Neighbor Night” at Lous! Come and go as you wish. This is a great way to meet some neighbors and have a fun night! BIA will provide some appetizers and Lous is generously extending “happy hour” to “happy night” for the Belhavenites!

Cash bar, happy hour prices (in bar area and event room). Everyone is encouraged to come enjoy the night, grab a table, order dinner, get to know some of your neighbors, and learn about the exciting BIA projects for 2019!

Email with questions