Council to eye budget, Back Bay zoning change

The Biloxi City Council, which meets Tuesday morning and afternoon, will consider the re-zoning of 4½ acres of land at the northeast end of Lee Street from heavy industry to a waterfront designation, which would allow casino gaming on the site.

The proposed re-zoning, which is being requested by owners Anita Gutierrez, Frank Gutierrez and Custom Pack Inc., will be on the council’s 1:30 agenda.

Also on the afternoon agenda: a proposal by Councilman Mike Fitzpatrick to ensure that $246,000 is included in the current capital projects budget for the Maritime and Seafood Industry Museum.

The council will continue deliberations over the FY ’08 budget during a 10 a.m. meeting Tuesday.

To see complete agendas and available resolutions for both meetings,
click here.

News and notes

Picture this: “Operation Photo Recovery,” a project where damaged photos may be restored, will operate through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Margaret Sherry library on Popp’s Ferry Road. In the free program, the organization makes digital copies of damaged photos and uploads them to a website, where volunteers from across the country work to digitally restore the photos.

Katrina ceremony: A half dozen local clergymen will take part in the city’s Katrina observance Wednesday at 8 a.m. on the Biloxi Town Green. Seating will be arranged for the 30-minute ceremony. Also, Cable One will carry the city’s documentary “Katrina & Biloxi” Coastwide on Cable 13 Wednesday morning and evening. For details, click here.

West Biloxi library closes Tuesday: The West Biloxi library on Pass Road will be closed Tuesday so that the library building can be used as a polling station for primary election runoffs. The library will re-open Wednesday at its regular, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Webcasting: Hear the background on issues du jour in this week’s “City Desk” webcast with host Gene Coleman, editor of The Bay Press. To listen, click here.

West Nile virus reminder: To read tips on how you can minimize your exposure to the West Nile virus, click here.

Weekend preview: The Mississippi Gulf Coast Convention and Visitors Bureau offers a preview of the weekend’s events in its activities listing. To see the list, click here.