Council faces casino zoning, harbor, other issues

The Biloxi City Council on Tuesday will be asked to re-zone 17 acres of land on the former “West Biloxi strip” to allow a casino component as part of a mixed-use development.

The proposal by RW Development is one of more than a dozen measures on the agenda for the meeting, which begins at 1:30 p.m. at City Hall.

The re-zoning for Gold Coast Resort would allow a casino to be located north of Beach Boulevard, at Veterans Avenue. The site is the former location of Surf Style gift shop and years ago, the Gus Stevens supper club.

To read the full ordinance, with details about the project, click here.

Among the other issues on the agenda is a proposal by Mayor A.J. Holloway that the city enter in a contract with Medical Analysis, a firm that will offer low-cost or free medical care and prescription drugs for municipal employees and their families.

Harbor hotel: The council has also called an 11 a.m. meeting for Tuesday to hear details of a proposal to locate a Windham Hotel at the Biloxi Small Craft Harbor.

To read the entire agenda for both meetings, click here.

News and notes

Weekend preview: On tap this weekend you’ll find “A Streetcar Named Desire” at BLT; KNS presenting “The Sound of Music” at the Saenger; and shows by Heart and Chris Rock. For details on the weekend entertainment lineup, as compiled by the Mississippi Gulf Coast Convention and Visitors Bureau, click here.

Chamber and schools: The Biloxi Bay Chamber of Commerce’s sponsorship of a new TV commercial promoting Biloxi Public Schools will have its final scheduled airing Sunday evening, near the end of the 5:30 edition of WLOX News. The chamber has sponsored a dozen airing of the spot on WLOX over the past couple of weeks, while Beau Rivage sponsored more than 200 airings on cable TV last month. To see the 30-second spot online, click here.