City seeks $160 million; debris update; other news and notes

Biloxi Mayor A.J. Holloway today announced that the city has nearly $160 million in requests pending with FEMA, covering tens of millions of dollars in repairs to city facilities and reimbursement for storm-related expenses.

To read more about the issue, click here.

Mayor: More than 88 percent of eligible debris removed

Mayor A.J. Holloway told a Biloxi Chamber of Commerce audience this morning that the city has removed debris from nearly 90 percent of FEMA-approved private properties throughout the city.

However, Holloway noted that about 3,000 Biloxi property owners had filed Right of Entry agreements to have their property cleared of debris, but FEMA ruled that only 2,600 were eligible for the city to clear,

“And,” Holloway declared, “of that 2,600, we’ve cleared 2,273 through April 7.”

He also told audience members that as of today, the city’s storm debris removal teams had hauled more than 2.36 million cubic yards of debris, which would amount to enough debris to cover a football field and stand more than 110 stories high.

Said the mayor: “The big question mark we face these days is when and if FEMA will give us the OK to haul off the remainder of the debris. We’re going to continue seeking that approval.”

To read the prepared text of the mayor’s remarks from this morning, and to see links to previous speeches, click here.

Hands On to offer mold workshop

Hands On Gulf Coast, the army of volunteers working in the Biloxi recovery effort, will sponsor a workshop next week to provide residents with useful advice on dealing with mold.

The “Do-It-Yourself Mold Cleaning Workshop” will be Tuesday, April 18, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Main Street Baptist Church, 321 Main St.

To see a flyer about the free workshop, click here.

Updated Renaissance site now in Vietnamese and Spanish

The Reviving the Renaissance web site has been updated to include available reports from individual committees, as well as Spanish and Vietnamese translations for key areas of the site.

To visit the RTR site and track progress of individual committees, click here.