BP provides ‘Mississippi Update’; new animation of spill

BP, in the wake of a meeting with Gov. Haley Barbour and other state leaders, has released a “Mississippi Report” about its mitigation efforts since the April 20 Deepwater Horizon explosion and ensuing oil leak.

The two-page report includes a recap of booming efforts, claims activity and community outreach efforts.

To read the report and to see a situation status map released by BP, click here.

Updated animation: To see updated animation, showing the path of the spill since the initial April 22 flyover, click here.

More info: You can find a Q&A about health issues, air quality meters and other updated information on the city web site. Click on the Spill Info icon at left or click here.

City to begin taking applications for facade program

The City of Biloxi will begin accepting applications for its Downtown FaƧade Program beginning Tuesday, June 1.

Property owners — as many as 10 in the first year of the program — can receive a $30,000 grant, depending on the age of the architectural integrity of the structure.

The facade program is one component of the city’s overall economic development package that includes property tax deferments and other options.

The facade program will give preference t the core downtown, the areas commonly known as the Vieux Marcheā€™ and the Rue Magnolia, but other areas of east Biloxi are eligible for the program. Preference also will be given to buildings that are occupied or can be occupied, and have no major code deficiencies.

The application, which is only two pages long, requires proof of ownership and that the owner is current on all city and county taxes and fees.

Interested property owners can learn more about the program during a public meeting n May 25 at 5 p.m. at the Community Development auditorium.

To see the application and guidelines of the program, click here.

News and notes

Wooden boat show: The Billy Creel Memorial Gulf Coast Wooden Boat Show, which this year boasts a field of nearly four dozen vessels, takes place this weekend at the Schooner Pier. For more about the event, and to see your weekend preview, click here.

Preservation awards: Know someone who has worked to restore an historic property in Biloxi? The city is seeking nominations for its annual preservation awards, which will be presented on Thursday, May 27. To learn more about the program and to see a nomination form, click here.