Council to eye elevation map, pay raises

The City Council this afternoon, in its first meeting of the year, will consider the latest request by Mayor A.J. Holloway to enact new flood elevations and discuss a proposal by Councilmember Mike Fitzpatrick to raise councilmembers’ salaries by as much as 12 percent over the next four years.

The meeting, which also includes measures to continue the states of emergency for Hurricane Gustav and Katrina, will begin at 1:30 p.m. at City Hall and is open to the public.

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

Seats now available for State of the City address

Mayor A.J. Holloway will deliver the annual State of the City address Monday, Jan. 26 at the Beau Rivage Resort & Casino.

The event, where the mayor provides a status report on myriad city projects and initiatives, typically sells out well in advance.

Doors open at 11 a.m. and the Biloxi Bay Chamber-sponsored luncheon begins at 11:30.

Corporate-sponsored tables for 10 are available for $300, and individual tickets are $25. The last day to purchase a table is Wednesday, Jan. 21.

For more information, contact Tina Ross-Seamans, executive director of the Biloxi Bay Chamber of Commerce at 435-6149 or e-mail

To see details of last year’s State of the CIty address — highlights of the mayor’s remarks, along with photos and video from the event — click here.

Postal service to issue Lighthouse stamp

The recognition of the Biloxi Lighthouse continues to grow.

The U.S. Postal Service has announced that the Biloxi icon will be one of five lighthouses featured in a series this summer about the lighthouses of “hurricane alley.”

Last year, the Mississippi license plate that features the Biloxi Lighthouse was named the Best Plate of 2007 in the U.S. and Canada by the 4,000-member Automobile License Plate Collector’s Association.

The Postal Service, in making the annoucnement of the new stamp series, said the Biloxi Lighthouse will be included in a series that is based on paintings by artist Howard Koslow of Toms River, N.J. Other lighthouses in the hurricane alley series represent Matagorda Island, near Port O’Connor, Texas; Sabine Pass, near Sabine Pass, La.; Sand Island, near the entrance to Mobile Bay in Mobile, Ala.; and, Fort Jefferson (also known as Garden Key Lighthouse), nearly 70 miles west of Key West, Fla.

To see the stamps and read more about the series, click here.

The Biloxi Lighthouse also earned a year-end honor in 2008. A photo of the landmark in the weeks after Katrina was featured on the cover of the Mississippi State Tax Commission’s annual report.

To see a photo gallery of the Biloxi Lighthouse through the years, click here.