Council eyes variance issue; holiday meals on way for needy

The Biloxi City Council has called a special meeting for Tuesday afternoon to vote on an ordinance designed to streamline the variance process for homeowners hoping to re-build non-conforming structures that were destroyed by Hurricane Katrina.

The meeting will begin after the council’s 1:30 p.m. meeting, when the first reading of the proposed ordinance will take place.

The back-to-back meetings are occurring to satisfy statutory requirements that two readings of a proposed ordinance take place before it is voted on.

The ordinance — a compromise from an earlier proposal that called for blanket variances — would reduce the variance process for homeowners from six to eight weeks to between 20 and 30 days.

To see the entire agenda and available resolutions for both meetings, click here.

Volunteers to deliver Christmas meals

The Harrison County Volunteers to
Feed the Needy will be delivering hot
meals to the homes of those in need on
Christmas Day.

To register for delivery of a meal, call the Biloxi Police Department at
435-6133 or e-mail

Orders will be taken until noon on Friday, Dec. 22.