Reminder: First LDO meeting is this evening; other news and notes

City planners, consultants and interested citizens will share information and feedback this evening at 5:30 in the first of three public hearings about the city’s proposed new Land Development Ordinance.
The LDO draft, which has been available online and in public libraries for weeks, is a set of standards and provisions to govern construction and land-use in the city.

Tonight’s gathering begins at 5:30 at the Donal M. Snyder Community Center. Other meetings will be Tuesday at 9 a.m. at the Biloxi Community Center on Howard Avenue and at 4:30 p.m. at the Joppa Shrine on new Highway 67 in Woolmarket.

To see online copies of the existing and proposed LDOs, and to read background on the issue, click here.

New and returning blogs focus on Biloxi

Longtime Biloxi broadcaster and newsman Gary Michiels returns to cyberspace this week with the launch of Michiels, who is also former publisher of The Biloxi-D’Iberville Press and onetime host of the public affairs program “City Desk,” takes aim on post-Katrina Biloxi on his new blog, which features audio reports that will be updated throughout the week. To visit the site, click here.

Another Biloxi media rep, Keith Burton, has offered the city the opportunity to resurrect the award-winning “City Desk” program on his web site at “City Desk” went on hiatus years ago, sometime after Michiels sold The Biloxi-D’Iberville Press. Look for the city-produced program to return on Thursday afternoon.

News and notes

Easter Egg hunts: More than 300 children turned out Saturday for the city’s Easter Egg Hunt in Woolmarket, which is about double the number of participants from last year. Said Sherry Bell of the city’s Parks and Rec Department: “First United Methodist Church stepped in and really helped get the word out.” This weekend, about 500 Easter Egg hunters are expected to gather on the Town Green for another hunt. For details on that and other city recreation events, click here.

Road work: Read the latest report on road construction throughout the city and on roadways leading into the city in the Public Works Department’s weekday morning Traffic Update. For today’s report, click here.