Holloway pleased with latest annexation ruling

A specially appointed Chancery Court judge has dismissed an annexation case in which Gulfport sought to annex 2.5 square miles of area across Biloxi’s northwestern boundary.

“This is outstanding news for Biloxi,” Mayor A.J. Holloway said. “We think that the judge looked at the facts in the case — just as he did in the annexation attempt by D’Iberville a while back — and he made a sound ruling.

“The important issue here is that Biloxi has a natural path of growth. As I’ve said in the past, Biloxi didn’t go looking for these cases, but we could not sit by idly and be boxed in.”

The ruling: To read the judge’s 38-page ruling issued this morning, click here.

The background: To see a map and background on the annexation cases brought forward by D’Iberville and Gulfport, click here.

News and notes

Webcasting: The big stories in this week’s City Desk webcast include the sale of the IP Casino Resort Spa, discussion over the city’s water bills, and other issues. To listen to the program, click here.

Weekend preview: To see this weekend’s lineup of entertainment — plus a list of ongoing and upcoming offerings — click here.

Miller time: Marlin Miller dropped by City Hall this afternoon, with news of his latest venture, a huge sculpture in downtown Fort Myers, Fla. See video of the finished artwork by clicking here. Of course, the stories that started it all were right here in Biloxi. To see the NBC and Mississippi Public Broadcasting video, click here.

Council meeting: The Biloxi City Council meets Tuesday at 1:30 p.m. at City Hall. Among the issues on the agenda: funding for roadways at the Margaritaville casino and an extension of Popp’s Ferry Road to U.S. 90, and a pedestrian overpass at U.S. 90 and Hopkins Boulevard. To see the complete agenda and available resolutions, click here.