Finances to dominate meetings Tuesday

City finances will be the topic of discussion during two City Council meetings on Tuesday.

At 1:30 p.m., councilmembers will again be presented the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report for 2008, which provides a snapshot of city finances covering the period from Oct. 1, 2007 to Sept. 30, 2008. The report was originally presented to councilmembers this week.

The council will begin discussion of the municipal budget for FY 2010 – the period from Oct. 1, 2009 to Sept. 30, 2010 – during a meeting that will begin immediately after the 1:30 meeting.

See the financial documents online

— To see the overview of the executive summary for the Fiscal Year 2008 audit, click here.

— To read the entire 137-page CAFR, click here.

Renaissance Garden group to discuss fund-raising ideas

The Mississippi Renaissance Garden Foundation’s “Bring Back the Beauty Gardens” fund-raising committee will meet Tuesday at 6 p.m. in the Donal Snyder Center on Pass Road.

Creative fundraising events will be explored and set into motion. The group is currently raising funds for two Biloxi sites: the Hiller Park Garden and the Katrina Sculpture Garden on Beach Boulevard.

Individuals, organizations, businesses, schools and churches interested in promoting public gardens on the Gulf Coast are encouraged to attend or send a representative.

For more information call Martha Boyce at 388-2622 or at

News and notes

Weekend preview: Among the headliners this weekend are Delbert McClinton at the Hard Rock, and Toni Braxton at the Beau Rivage. To see the complete weekend entertainment lineup, click here.

Knock your socks off: Scott Lancaster, the videographer who lensed the award-winning “Katrina & Biloxi” DVD, has created a new 30-second TV commercial that will soon be making its way to local airwaves, courtesy of Cable One. To see the jarring spot designed to promote sales of the DVD, click here.

Live from Waco: The Biloxi Little League 12-year-old Major League All-Star team will play Texas West this afternoon at the Southwest Regional Tournament in Waco, Texas. The 5:30 game can be heard live on News Radio 104.9.FM. The station will also carry the Biloxi team in games on Sunday and Monday at 1 p.m.

Lighthouse progress: Workers from J.O. Collins Contracting are scheduled to begin erecting scaffolding around the Biloxi Lighthouse on Monday as restoration work moves to the outside of the structure. Sometime after all scaffolding is in place, a huge shroud will cover the lighthouse as preparation of the structure’s exterior begins. Says Historical Administrator Bill Raymond: “The Biloxi Lighthouse will disappear for several weeks.”