Holloway: Spending must be brought under control

Mayor A.J. Holloway and the city’s financial advisers met with groups of City Councilmembers last week to issue warnings about the city’s finances.

The message: The city cannot continue spending money at its current rate while revenue continues to decline.

To read background on the city’s budget challenges, click here.

Mayor to seek re-consideration of measure involving donated house

Mayor A.J. Holloway has requested City Historical Administrator Bill Raymond to brief councilmembers on Tuesday about the impact of tabling a measure to spend $25,000 to re-locate a historic house that was donated the city.

Councilmembers last week voted to table the measure that would have re-located a turn-of-the-century home being donated to the city from Reynoir and Jackson streets to a city-owned site on the Rue Magnolia, adjacent to the Creole Cottage.

The council months ago had authorized Raymond to apply for a grant from the Mississippi Department of Archives and History to restore the house.

Raymond has since received verbal approval of a $250,000 grant, but by tabling the issue, the city stands to lose the funding.

News and notes

Marlin’s marlin: Marlin Miller was back in Biloxi this weekend, carving a blue crab and sea turtle into the trunk of the tree that he has transformed into a 24-foot marlin. To see a video interview with Miller conducted Sunday morning, click here.

Camille luncheon: Bill Reed, director of the National Hurricane Center, has accepted an invitation to speak to a Biloxi luncheon to mark the 40th anniversary of Hurricane Camille. The luncheon will be Monday, Aug. 17, 2009, at the Biloxi Community Center on Howard Avenue. Details are pending.