Council to re-visit Veterans, Boomtown re-zoning and museum proposal

Three repeat issues – re-zoning of property near Veterans Avenue and Boomtown Casino and a request from the Maritime and Seafood Industry Museum – will be on the City Council’s agenda Tuesday at 1:30 p.m.

In the re-zoning cases, Boomtown Casino is asking the council to re-zone 11.25 acres of land on Back Bay – 39 parcels in all – from single family residential and general business to waterfront, which would allow casino gaming and other uses. In west Biloxi, RW Development is seeking to re-zone nearly 20 acres of land off Veterans Avenue north of the CSX railway from community business and general commercial to hospitality business, as part of a multi-million-dollar development proposal.

Both issues were tabled at previous meetings.

Council President Edward “Ed” Gemmill has included two measures on the agenda regarding the Maritime and Seafood Industry Museum.

To see the complete agenda – 20 measures in all – and available resolutions, click here.

Mayor discusses progress on roads, marinas

Mayor A.J. Holloway spoke to a number of issues – the Maritime and Seafood Industry Museum, and council approval of construction management for five major road projects and debris-cleanup at the city’s harbors and marinas – during the Biloxi Chamber’s “Breakfast with the Mayor” gathering this week.

You can read what Holloway had to say in the Speeches section of the city web site. Go there by clicking here.

News and notes

Webcasting: Gene Coleman, editor of The Bay Press, asks questions about the issues du jour in this week’s “City Desk” webcast. To listen, click here.

Media coverage: The New York Times is planning a return visit to Biloxi in the next couple of weeks for a story on the robust business being reported by the city’s casino resort industry, and Mississippi Magazine is working on a photo package about the marine life sculpted from standing dead trees in the median of Beach Boulevard in Biloxi. Photos of the tree work are among the thousands of images and volumes of video in the city’s online Photo Gallery. To go there, click here.

Video tour: You can take a five-minute video tour of Biloxi and the surrounding area courtesy of a video now on the city web site. To see the video, along with other visitor info, click here.

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