Repairs to begin at harbor administrative offices

Mayor A.J. Holloway said today that repairs at the storm-damaged administrative offices at the Biloxi Small Craft Harbor should begin in August and be completed six to eight months later.

The project – expected to cost just under a million dollars and paid for with federal funds – will see restrooms and showers moved to the second floor of the three-story facility, in place of a board room that had occupied the second and third floors of the building. More office space also would be added on the third floor.

“We’ve gone ‘round and ‘round on this project because we had wanted to keep the restrooms and showers for transient boat owners on the ground floor, but flood elevations just would not allow it,” Holloway said. “In short, we fought the law and the law won, as usual.”

City arborist to be featured in Mobile rebuilding program

City arborist Eric Nolan is among the officials interviewed in a three-part series, “Gambling Against Mother Nature,” that premieres this evening at 6:30 on WKRG-TV, Newschannel 5, in Mobile.

The show will explore how beaches and barrier islands protect the coast; how Orange Beach, Ala., has changed since Hurricane Ivan; and how Mississippi is rebuilding after Katrina. Other topics will include storm preparedness for homeowners and how flood maps impact insurance rates.

The two additional programs in the series will air at 6:30 p.m. on Aug. 19 and Aug. 26.

News and notes

Personnel update: Mayor A.J. Holloway will allow the committee reviewing candidates for the position of Director of Police to consider an application from acting director Linda Atterberry. Holloway, who made the decision before the July 17 application deadline, had originally said the acting director would not be a candiate for the position. To see background and responsbilities of the department directors who were approved by the City Council on Tuesday, click here.

Traffic update: To see the latest report on how road construction is impacting traffic on city streets, click here.