Council eyes residential, condo issues, new gaming zones

The Biloxi City Council on Tuesday faces an agenda of two dozen issues, including five requests for residential setback requirements, a sign variance for a rebuilt Waffle House restaurant, 194 additional residential condominiums in west Biloxi, and a measure that would direct the Planning Commission to conduct public hearings about creating new gaming districts in east and west Biloxi.

The meeting begins at 1:30 p.m. at City Hall.

The majority of the setback requirements involve neighborhood rebuilding or repair efforts, while the condominium project involves approval of Phase 2 of Oak Shores Condominiums, formerly known as the Oakwoods Apartments. Phase 2, which involves a nine-story structure, seeks several variances, including height and parking exceptions. A measure on the agenda would also allow variances involving plans to reconstruct the Broadway Inn Express motel on U.S. 90 in west Biloxi.

A proposal requesting a zoning change for a 12.8-acre site off Brodie Road for a proposed condominium project is also on the agenda. Developers say the project, called Magnolia Cove Resort, could also include a marina, restaurant and retail shops.

Councilmember Mike Fitzpatrick has introduced a measure that would direct the Planning Commission to hold hearings for input on proposals to re-zone 30 acres north of U.S. 90 between Holley and Kuhn streets for a proposed Tivoli Resort project; and a proposal to rezone 20 acres north of U.S. 90 from Debuys Road to Gateway Drive for a proposed Casablanca project.

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

City eyes purchase of police cruisers, canines and trucks

The city is proposing to purchase a host of vehicles and a couple of canines during Tuesday’s City Council meeting.

On the agenda for council consideration are measures to buy 15 Crown Victoria police cruisers for a total of $360,000; a narcotics canine and an explosives-detecting canine, for $16,000 total; four crew-cab pickup trucks for use in the Police Department, for a total of $100,000; and two half-ton pickup trucks for Parks and Recreation for a total of $30,000.

Main Street airs movie tonight on the Town Green

Main Street Biloxi, the organization that works with businesses to help revitalize downtown Biloxi, will sponsor the Town Green showing of Disney’s “Herbie Fully Loaded” this evening at 6:30. Also taking part in the program will be singing group 4 Part Angel.

Admission: one canned food item, which will be donated to the Salvation Army Food Pantry.

To see more about the event and to register for door prizes, click here.

News and notes

Gaming revenue: Gross gaming revenue figures from the Biloxi casino resorts continue to climb. The numbers show that May’s revenue was 75 percent of the May ’05 figure, and June’s revenue, the largest post-Katrina month at $65.2 million, is 83 percent of the June ’05 figure. See the calendar-month gross gaming revenues by clicking here.

To see a report showing the gaming revenue collected each month – based on a non-calendar month reporting period and showing how the funding is allotted — click here.

Webcasting: Hear the latest on the issues du jour in this week’s “City Desk” web cast, which was recorded this morning. To listen, click here.