Budget, cottages and Bay Village on tap for council meetings Tuesday

The Biloxi City Council will have three meetings on Tuesday, including a rare nighttime meeting in which a re-zoning request to allow the proposed Bay Village subdivision will appear on the agenda.

Council members will meet at 9 a.m. to discuss the city budget for Fiscal Year 2009, at 4 p.m. to discuss Katrina cottages, and at a 6 p.m. meeting that will include a mandatory nighttime public hearing to allow citizens to comment on the city’s FY ’09 budget.

All meetings will be at City Hall and are open to the public.

Two of the biggest issues before the council are recurring: requests for a zoning change to allow the Bay Village mixed-use subdivision in west Biloxi, and a measure to allow Katrina cottages throughout the city.

The Bay Village issue, where developers are seeking a zoning change, would allow a mixed-use subdivision to be situated on 28 acres of land on Pass Road in west Biloxi. The latest wrinkle in the issue: Whether approval would require an affirmative vote by five of seven council councilmembers or a simple majority.

The cottage issue scheduled to be discussed at the 4 p.m. meeting regards a previous proposal that would amend the city’s Land Development Ordinance to classify MEMA-sponsored “Mississippi cottages” as modular construction, meaning that the once-temporary cottages could become a permanent part of neighborhoods. The measure was withdrawn from agendas in April and July.

To see the complete agenda and available resolutions for Tuesday’s meetings, click here.

School news: Registration, football tickets, high-school tours

With classes scheduled to begin in less than a week, administrators and teachers at Biloxi Public Schools are gearing up for the arrival of students. Among the items of note:

Late registration: Parents who have not yet registered their children for Biloxi Public Schools may do so Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday at the school the child will be attending. However, in order for school staff to compile rosters, these late registrants cannot attend Thursday’s opening day of school. Biloxi schools also are requiring two types of proof of residency at the time of registration.

Tribe football: Season ticket holders have until Aug. 8 to renew their existing reserved seats for upcoming Biloxi High School football games. For details, click here.

School tours: Biloxi High student council members will offer tours of the massive high school for new students, incoming sophomores and others interested on Wednesday at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

The Windtalker: Those interested in news about Biloxi Public Schools can receive the district’s free Windtalker e-mails. To learn more about the free e-news service, click here.

Weekend preview: An Isle milestone, Al Green and more KNS

The Isle of Capri marks its 16th anniversary – and, as such, the 16th anniversary of legalized gaming in Mississippi – today with free cake and several $1,000 hourly giveaways.

The Isle’s celebration, part of what the Isle’s Rich Westfall calls the kickoff of a “month of fun,” is part of the weekend’s entertainment offerings.

Also on tap: Al Green performs tonight at the Hard Rock, and on Saturday night a who’s who of the Coast theater scene will celebrate 20 years of KNS in “Any Dream Will Do” at the Saenger Theater. Def Leppard and Joan Jett wrap up the weekend with a Coliseum show.

For details on each of these events, as detailed in listings from the Mississippi Gulf Coast Convention and Visitors Bureau, click here.