Council to hold rare post-Katrina night meeting; other news and notes

The Biloxi City Council, in one of its rare post-Katrina nighttime meetings on Tuesday, will be asked to approve Mayor A.J. Holloway’s request to expand the city’s northeastern boundaries by 12-square miles and approve the platting of 82 new single-family lots in a proposed subdivision off Atkinson Road in west Biloxi.

The council is meeting Tuesday at 6 p.m. to satisfy state requirements for a nighttime hearing as part of the municipal budget process. Those attending the City Hall meeting will be given a chance to comment on the proposed $210 million budget, which is expected to be finalized in a couple of weeks.

The council also will discuss the budget during a 3 p.m. workshop Tuesday at City Hall.

To read the complete agenda and available resolutions for both meetings, click here.

Lighthouse, Community Center galleries now online

A photo gallery showing images of the Biloxi Lighthouse through the years and a gallery showing the ongoing work at the Biloxi Community Center are now online. To see the Lighthouse gallery, click here. To see the Community Center gallery, click here.

To see the city’s overall photo and video gallery – showing images and video taken before, during and after Katrina — click here.

News and notes

Weekend preview: Taylor Hicks, the product of TV’s “American Idol,” is among the headliners in town this week. To see the complete list of entertainment, as compiled by the Mississippi Gulf Coast Convention and Visitors Bureau, click here.

Night Out: The Biloxi Police Department on Tuesday will host its annual Night Out Against Crime. To read details on the free event, which will be held on the grounds of Nativity BVM Elementeary, click here.

Growth talk: Mayor A.J. Holloway talks about the city’s proposal to expand its boundaries toward the northeast on WLOX News This Week, which airs Saturday at 6 p.m. on WLOX. Also appearing on the segment: D’Iberville City Manager Richard Rose.

Updated forecast: William Gray, the nationally recognized hurricane prognosticator, today lowered his 2007 forecast, predicting 15 named storms, with eight becoming hurricanes and four becoming intense. At the outset of hurricane season, Gray had predicted 17 named storms and nine hurricanes, five of them intense. The Atlantic hurricane season, which runs from June 1 to Nov. 30, averages 9.6 named storms, 5.9 hurricanes and 2.3 intense hurricanes per year. For more on what you can do to prepare for storms and flooding, click here.

Katrina on Cable One: Cable One on Monday will begin airing commercials to promote the Aug. 29 re-airing on the city’s “Katrina & Biloxi.” The cable company is partnering with the city and sponsoring businesses to air the 50-minute documentary Coastwide to help educate residents about the dangers of storms and flooding. To get a sneak peek at the 30-second commercial,
click here. To order your copy of the documentary, which includes a companion photo album and is on a DVD with bonus footage, click here.