Council eyes IP re-zoning, condo; other news and notes

The Biloxi City Council this afternoon will consider a re-zoning case that would see the IP Casino Resort Spa increase its footprint along Back Bay by 14.2 acres, to 24 acres.

The issue is among more than three dozen measures on the agenda for the council’s 1:30 meeting at City Hall.

The IP case involves re-zoning more 10.5 acres, more than 60 parcels of land on Anglada, Caillavet, Croesus and Reynoir streets, primarily storm-ravaged property IP has purchased since Hurricane Katrina. A measure updating the resort’s master plan is also on the agenda.

Councilmembers also will consider approval of a proposed 30-unit condo project, Bayside Harbor Condominiums, on Brasher Road; a three-lot subdivision, Ashley Oaks Subdivision on North Country Club Lane; approvals for architectural firms to begin design work on the Creole Cottage, Swetman House and Biloxi Fire Museum; and a resolution by Councilman Mike Fitzpatrick that would rename the Biloxi Sports Complex for Mayor A.J. Holloway, after Holloway’s tenure as mayor ends.

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

Renaissance Garden group to hold planning meeting

Organizers of the drive to create a garden and horticulture center in Hiller Park will hold a planning meeting for their May 17 “Walk in the Park” this afternoon at 4 at McAllister’s on Pass Road in west Biloxi.

The Renaissance Garden gathering is open to the public.

To learn more about the Hiller Park plans, and to find out how you can get involved in the “Walk in the Park” on May 17, click here.

News and notes

Community pharmacy: The St. Vincent de Paul Community Pharmacy, located in the new Coastal Family Health Clinic at Main and Divison streets, will have its formal dedication this afternoon at 4. Volunteer pharmacists use donated and society-purchased drugs to fill prescriptions for qualified residents at the pharmacy. Mayor A.J. Holloway will be among the speakers at the dedication ceremony.

City Desk: Biloxi-D’Iberville Press Editor Nicole Young moderates a discussion of the issues of the day in Biloxi in the weekly City Desk webcast. To listen to the program, click here.

Public safety cooking: Businesses or groups interested in having fried fish plates delivered as part of the 2008 Law Enforcement Torch Run fish fry on Friday can sign up now. The fish fry will be held Friday at the Lopez-Quave Public Safety Center. To learn more about the event, click here.