Hearing on Tivoli re-zoning proposal is Monday evening

The Biloxi Planning Commission, following through on a charge from the Biloxi City Council, will conduct a hearing on Monday to receive public input on re-zoning a 30-acre tract of beachfront land near the former site of the Tivoli Hotel to allow casino gaming and other uses.

The hearing will begin at 6 p.m. at the Donal M. Snyder Community Center, 2520 Pass Road.

The east Biloxi site includes 21 contiguous parcels, bordered by the “mean high water line” or “toe of the seawall” on the south, Kuhn Street to the east, Howard Avenue to the north and Holley Street on the west.

The area is currently zoned multi-family residential and commercial. Besides gaming, a waterfront or “WF” designation would allow residential, commercial and amusement uses on the site.

To read a public notice and see a map the city has published in The Bay Press and is scheduled to be published Sunday in the Sun Herald, click here.

Public discussion over the Tivoli project also prompted a letter from the Mississippi Gaming Commission to city leaders last month, with Gaming Commission Chairman Jerry St. Pe and Commission Director Larry Gregory pointing out that the gaming commission would be the ultimate authority on determining the legality and suitability of proposed gaming sites.

For background on that aspect of the Tivoli issue, click here.