State seeks to buy city's portion of Deer Island
Mayor A.J. Holloway on Tuesday will recommend to the Biloxi City Council that it accept a state offer of $1.4 million to buy 12½ acres of partially submerged land that the city owns on Deer Island.
A resolution asking the council to approve the sale is among the nearly two dozen measures on the agenda for the City Council’s 1:30 p.m. meeting Tuesday at City Hall.
The state already owns the majority of the 490-acre island, which is just off the east Biloxi shoreline. The mayor, who has been negotiating terms of the proposal for nearly two years, said the sale will guarantee the continued public recreational use of the island.
“Keeping this land available for public use is something that has been and will continue to be very important to me,” Holloway said. “I think the state shares that view, but just in case things change down the road, language has been inserted into the agreement that restricts use of this land to permanent preservation and for public purposes only.”
To read the resolution the mayor is proposing to the council, click here.
School board appointment, roadwork also on agenda
Mayor A.J. Holloway on Tuesday will ask the City Council to approve the appointment of his brother, John K. “Kenny” Holloway to the Biloxi school board. Kenny Holloway, whose daughter is a student at Michel Seventh Grade, would replace Madelon Gruich on the six-member board.
The agenda for the council’s 1:30 p.m. meeting also includes a proposal for the city to seek up to $2 million in funding from the Mississippi Development Authority for a project to connect Popp’s Ferry Road to U.S. 90. The extension of the roadway would help improve the increased traffic resulting from the planned expansion of the Mississippi Coast Coliseum and Convention Center, and help handle traffic generated by a subdivision proposed for the area.
To read the complete agenda and available resolutions -- including a request to zone 24.5 acres of land west of the Broadwater for tourism-related businesses -- click here.
Arlene delays re-opening of Cedar Lake Bridge
Tropical Storm Arlene came ashore two states to the east with 70 mph winds last weekend, but the storm’s initial threat to Biloxi was strong enough to knock the Cedar Lake Bridge work off schedule.
Contractors have announced that the bridge, which had been scheduled to re-open to limited traffic today, will not re-open until June 27, barring any other weather delays.
“In order to prepare for the possibility of the storm striking Biloxi, contractors had to spend nearly four days disassembling wooden scaffolding from atop a barge at the site,” said project manager Todd Bradford of Yates Construction Co. “They also had to remove the huge containment tarp that protects the river, and once the storm passed, they had to spend another four days re-assembling the scaffolding and re-hanging the tarp.
“We apologize for the inconvenience, and we appreciate the patience.”
An average of 4,000 vehicles a day use the bridge, which is north of I-10 at Cedar Lake Road.
Weekend lineup: Fair-ly entertaining
The Summer Fair at the Coast Coliseum continues its run through Sunday, and you’ll find Credence Clearwater Revisited at the Beau Rivage, and the Grass Roots and Herman’s Hermits at the Grand in Biloxi. For details on these and other events this weekend, as compiled by the Mississippi Gulf Coast Convention and Visitors Bureau, click here.
News and notes
Total-access park: The Biloxi Lions Club on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. will dedicate Lions-Lopez Park, a public park that has been designed to provide for the handicapped. Lions Club members will hold a fish fry to celebrate the re-opening of the Benachi Avenue park, and a number of activities will entertain visitors.
A new beginning: The city will hold its Inauguration Ceremony for the Mayor and City Council on Tuesday, June 28 at 5:30 p.m. at the Saenger Theater for the Performing Arts. The ceremony, where the city’s elected officials will take their oaths of office for their new terms, is open to the public.
On the issues: Mayor A.J. Holloway will discuss a number of timely issues – the BRAC visit this week and the city’s storm-related initiatives, among them – when he appears on “WLOX News This Week,” airing Saturday at 6 p.m. on the Biloxi-based ABC affiliate. You can also hear talk of timely city events in this week’s “City Desk” webcast. To listen now, click here.
Traffic: Get the status of major roadwork and how it’s impacting traffic in the daily Traffic Update on the city’s web site. To read today’s report, click here.
Expanded hours: The city is now opening three of its prized showplaces -- the Mardi Gras Museum, Tullis-Toledano Manor and the Old Brick House – an hour earlier each Monday through Saturday, now from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.