Tuesday meeting signals beginning of new terms
Biloxi’s new slate of elected leaders, who took their oaths of office Tuesday during a ceremony at the Saenger Theatre, will officially assume their respective roles for the first time next week, when a Tuesday evening meeting ushers in their four-year terms.
The agenda for the 6 p.m. council meeting at City Hall includes a number of beginning-of-the-term appointments – approval of department heads and their salaries, clerks of council, municipal clerk – as well as a resolution that would make Mike Fitzpatrick council president and Tom Wall council vice president.
Also on the agenda are measures involving the Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art, the city’s bed-and-breakfast ordinance, and the proposed re-zoning of property near the Gulf Beach Resort on West Beach.
To read the entire agenda and available resolutions, click here.
New faces in new places0
Tuesday’s City Council meeting will mark the arrival of two new councilmembers – William “Bill” Stallworth of Ward 2 and Edward “Ed” Gemmill of Ward 6.
The duo will be joining six city leaders whom voters returned to office in June -- George Lawrence of Ward 1, Charles T. Harrison Jr. of Ward 3, Mike Fitzpatrick of Ward 4, Tom Wall of Ward 5, David Fayard of Ward 7, and, of course, Mayor A.J. Holloway, who becomes the first Biloxi mayor in more than 70 years to be elected to a fourth term.
You can hear their respective visions for the city -- as expressed in Tuesday’s inaugural ceremony – online. Get a copy of the inauguration program by clicking here, and listen to audio of the hour-long ceremony by clicking here.
Updated biographical and contact information for the mayor and council will be posted on the city web site before Tuesday’s first council meeting – the new terms don’t begin until Monday, the first Monday ion July” by state statute.
A red, white and blue weekend
Cedar Lake Christian Assembly’s star-spangled salute to July 4, the outdoor production of “I Love America,” is back with its ’05 edition, with Town Green performances Sunday and Monday at 7 p.m.
City staffers were positioning bleachers and chairs on the Town Green this afternoon, while technicians erected staging and lighting for the free performances.
Monday evening’s show, of course, will be capped by the annual fireworks show, which will be presented off Deer Island.
To review the entire lineup for the weekend – including info on the Mississippi Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo in Gulfport – click here.
City’s business-interruption insurance was a worldly experience
When Mayor A.J. Holloway proposed the idea of the city’s acquiring business-interruption insurance to ensure a steady source of revenue should a catastrophic hurricane close waterfront resorts, the proposal sparked months of research that led around the globe.
Stewart Sneed Hewes, the Coast firm the city selected to provide a $10 million policy with a $92,000 annual premium, was faced with crafting a policy that was apparently the first of its kind for a Mississippi municipality
The firm, which has provided coverage for the city for more than two decades, consulted with insurance brokers worldwide – including Lloyds of London and firms in the Bermuda market – seeking to convince insurance underwriters to provide the unique coverage.
“The final product,” says L. Wayne Tisdale, executive vice president of Stewart Sneed Hewes BancorpSouth Insurance, “was simplified by working with the London and domestic underwriters that currently provide the city’s property insurance coverage and have done so for some years. Stewart Sneed Hewes’s relationship with the broker and underwriters and their knowledge of the City of Biloxi from past experience resulted in a business interruption coverage program that is fairly simple and cost effective.”
News and notes
Webcasting: Get the latest news on city events and issues in the weekly “City Desk” web cast. To listen, click here.
Road running: Find out how city streets and drainage projects will be impacting the flow of traffic this holiday weekend in the Traffic Update. To read it, click here.