Council to consider move to make cottages permanent

The Biloxi City Council next week will consider a measure that will classify “Mississippi cottages” as modular construction, meaning that the once-temporary cottages could become a permanent part of neighborhoods.

The resolution, introduced by Ward 2 Councilmember Bill Stallworth, is one of three dozen measures on the council’s 1:30 agenda Tuesday afternoon. The meeting will be at City Hall.

“Basically,” said Community Development Director Jerry Creel, “they would be agreeing that these cottages meet modular standards and can be used as permanent residences, provided that they comply with all land-use and zoning ordinances, including flood elevations.”

Among the other issues on the agenda are a Back Bay resident’s appeal of the re-zoning for gaming of 10.5 acres of land owned by IP; appointments and re-appointments of residents to the Architectural and Historical Review Commission; two neighborhood setback variances; and equipment purchases in the Police, Fire and Public Works Departments.

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

Weekend preview: CoastCon, Seawolves, Blue Man Group

CoastCon, the annual convention of science-fiction and fantasy enthusiasts, takes place this weekend at the Coast Coliseum. The weekend’s entertainment lineup also includes the Blue Man Group tonight at the Beau Rivage, Seawolves in a playoff game, and comedian Mike Epps at the IP Casino Resort Spa.

For details on each of the events, courtesy of listings compiled by the Mississippi Gulf Coast Convention and Visitors Bureau, click here.

Public Works: Update on projects

A roundup of street and drainage work underway in the Public Works Department:

Popp’s drainage: A city contractor is continuing to inspect drainage lines on Popp’s Ferry Road between the Popp’s Ferry Bridge and Pass Road, and plans to begin inspections of lines on Orleans Drive.

Churchill Avenue: The cutting and cleaning of a drainage easement along Churchill Avenue in west Biloxi was completed on April 7, and crews today were grading the area to improve drainage.

Sunkist Country Club Road: Motorists should use extra caution between On the Green and North Shore Drive, where road widening work continues.

News and notes

Town Green tree: City Arborist Eric Nolan will soon conduct a new assessment of the Live oak on the Town Green where a shoo fly once stood.

Hiller Park: Parks & Recreation leaders have installed signs near the wooded area of Hiller Park, where residents have illegally dumped limbs and lawn clippings recently. Crews noticed the dumping during their Wednesday and Friday litter patrols at the park.