CNN program to focus on Biloxi issues; other news and notes

The issues of Biloxi’s ongoing recovery from Hurricane Katrina will receive national attention on Thanksgiving when Nancy Grace of CNN Headline News devotes her program to the rebuilding effort in Biloxi

The hour-long program airs in primetime, locally at 7 p.m., with repeats at 9 p.m. and midnight.

Grace was in Biloxi earlier this month, helping rebuild homes in east Biloxi.
According to CNN’s preview of the program: “Nancy Grace helps rebuild Biloxi, Miss., homes devastated by Hurricane Katrina and talks to survivors of the deadly storm. More than a year later, federal and state aid is held up in red tape, while thousands remain homeless or living in FEMA trailers that may be taken away soon.”

To learn more about the Nancy Grace show, click here.

To see updated information on a number of relief agencies working in Biloxi and an archive of citywide recovery newsletters, click on the Katrina & Biloxi icon on the front page of

Council to hear appeal of Seashore zoning case

The Biloxi City Council, during its meeting Tuesday at 1:30 p.m., will hold a public hearing to hear an appeal of the Planning Commission’s recommendation to deny a zoning change that would allow a hospitality business district to be created at the 6.5-acre site of the Seashore Methodist Campground Retirement home on U.S. 90.

The council’s agenda also includes measures that would grant setback variances to two homeowners on Miller and Clower streets, release liens on several parcels of land since federal rehab loans have been satisfied, and purchase several patrol vehicles for the police department.

To see the council’s complete agenda and available resolutions, click here.

News and notes

Municipal holidays: Non-emergency city departments and divisions will close at noon today in observance of Thanksgiving and will re-open and their usual times on Monday.

Webcasting: The City Desk program discussing the issue of setback variances for storm-destroyed homes will remain online until next week because of the Thanksgiving Day holidays. To listen to the program, click here.