Rebuilding issues dominate council agenda

Progress on the rebuilding of Biloxi’s infrastructure — economic and otherwise — will be front and center when the Biloxi City Council meets next week at City Hall.

The council’s agenda for its 1:30 meeting Tuesday includes approving additional design work on the city’s massive infrastructure project, approval of zoning to allow the Margaritaville casino at Clay Point, and a tax incentive for a new Sharkheads gift shop on west beach.

In all, the council has an agenda of nearly three dozen measures. Eight measures deal with keeping design work moving forward on the city’s $355 million project that will see new drainage, water and sewer lines installed in areas throughout of the city. Construction is expected to begin in several months, after design work is completed and contractors are secured.

Elsewhere on the agenda, the council will accept a $200,000 Tidelands grant to help fund the million dollars worth of exhibits being constructed for inside the new visitors center.

The council also will be asked to approve purchase of additional equipment for the police and fire departments, and funding for the Woolmarket Youth Baseball League.
A half-dozen issues involve permitting for taxi drivers in Biloxi also are included on the agenda.

During an 11 a.m. meeting, leaders of the Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport will appear before the council to ask for support for a measure to increase the airport’s passenger facility charge from $4.50 to $7 for each departing passenger.

To see the complete agenda and accompanying resolutions, click here.

News and notes

Weekend preview: You’ll find the Biloxi Boat & RV Show and Mississippi Surge Hockey taking place this weekend at the Coast Coliseum. There’s “Babes in Hollywood” at Center Stage, the second anniversary of Gallery 782 in downtown Biloxi, Willie Nelson at the IP, and The Pink Floyd Experience at the Hard Rock. To see information on these events — and a host of others — click here.

Batter up: The city’s Parks and Recreation Department will conduct registration for its Biloxi Little League Baseball and Biloxi Girls Softball on Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon at the Donal Snyder Sr. Community Center on Pass Road. For information about fees and age requirements, click here. Incidentally, you can learn about a host of activities offered by the Parks and Recreation Department by clicking here.

Traffic update: For the latest on road work in and around the city, click here.