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Biloxi City Council Faces Elevation, Outreach and Lighthouse Measures

From: City of Biloxi    Vincent Creel   Filed 2/16/07  GCN

Mayor A.J. Holloway will be asking the City Council to address two key rebuilding issues when councilmembers gather Monday at 1:30 p.m.: to adopt FEMA’s proposed flood elevations, and authorize a public outreach effort that will gauge opinions on land-use and height regulations.

The council moved its meeting schedule up a day to avoid Fat Tuesday.

The measure to address FEMA’s months-old advisory flood elevations, which the majority of councilmembers has resisted, proposes to enlarge the flood zone and increase elevation requirements as much as 25 feet above sea level. To not do so, FEMA warned the city last week, would risk losing tens of millions of dollars in FEMA recovery funding. To read more on the issue click here.

The mayor’s proposal to conduct a public opinion survey is a precursor to a re-working of the city’s comprehensive plan, portions of which became obsolete in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. Holloway originally proposed the idea in the his State of the City address Monday, and the firm suggested performed a similar survey prior to the exsiting comprehensive plan. For background on the proposal, click here.

The council’s agenda – more than three dozen issues in all – also includes a resolution to set aside $2.5 million in grant money to help attract a total of $8 million to fund a proposed park and Visitors Center near the Biloxi Lighthouse. The measure was tabled during a meeting earlier this week. To see the complete agenda and available resolutions, click here.

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