Biloxi seeks to expand northward

The City of Biloxi has begun the process of enlarging its boundaries to extend municipal-level services to an area of about 12-square miles on the city’s current northeastern edge.

The City Council on Tuesday heard the first reading of an ordinance that would annex an area that runs several miles to the north of the city and meets the existing borders of Jackson County and D’Iberville on the east.

The ordinance proposes that Biloxi introduce municipal-level services that would include police and fire protection, street maintenance and improvements, and parks and recreation, and extend water and sewer service where legally permissible and financially feasible.

Said Mayor A.J. Holloway, who introduced the proposal: “Biloxi must protect and preserve its path of future growth, and the city is in the best position to serve this area.”

The City Council, which has been briefed on the proposal for months, is expected to vote on the issue at its next meeting, allowing attorneys to file the necessary court documents.

To see a map showing the area of Biloxi’s proposed growth, click here.