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New Building Code on Biloxi Council Agenda for Tuesday
Gaming revenue inches nearer three-quarters of pre-Katrina figure

From: City of Biloxi - Vincent Creel    Filed 3/17/06  GCN

Mayor A.J. Holloway is asking the Biloxi City Council to approve the city’s move from the Southern Building Code to the International Building Code during the council’s meeting Tuesday at 1:30 p.m.

The move, which had been in the works before Hurricane Katrina, brings Biloxi in line with other communities across the country who have moved to the more uniform building code.

The 13 ordinances top an agenda of nearly 30 measures, including proposals involving condo development in west Biloxi. To see the entire agenda and available resolutions, click here.

In some very good news for the city, Biloxi’s three casino resorts reported nearly $59 million in gross gaming revenue for the calendar month of February, which amounts to nearly 72 percent of the business that the nine-resort strong industry in Biloxi did this time last year.

The city on its web site Friday posted the calendar-month figures for February, and last week posted the February ’06 state collections, which use a timetable based on when the city receives the funds from the State Tax Commission.

The true-month $58.8 million reported in February shows a decline in actual revenue from the $64 million posted in January, but the February gross represents a larger percentage of the February ’05 gaming revenue.

“The bottom line is that these numbers show brisk business at the Biloxi resorts, and this is testament to the unprecedented potential we’ll realize as we move forward in the recovery process,” said Director of Administration David Staehling. “And it’s not just a matter of gaming revenue. It’s about jobs, and showing the investment world that Biloxi is indeed on the road to recovery.”

To see the breakdown for yourself, click here.

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