Council Set to Vote on Biloxi Rezoning Proposal

Councilman Mike Fitzpatrick said the owners of 20 acres south of the Gulf Coast Medical Center in West Biloxi and 30 acres near where the Tivoli Hotel once stood have asked that the item be pulled. The council was set to vote on whether to direct the Biloxi Planning Commission to hold a public hearing on the rezoning proposal.

Several Biloxi residents showed up Tuesday at Biloxi City Hall to defend land across the sand beach from casino development, and then learned that an idea to rezone the areas for gambling had been pulled off the City Council agenda.

State Rep. Michael Janus, R-Biloxi, one of the authors of a new state law that allows casinos to go ashore within 800 feet of where gambling barges were permitted, wrote Mayor A.J. Holloway and the council a letter stating it was not the intent of the Legislature to expand areas zoned for casinos. Holloway had already decided to veto what the characterized as "wholesale" zoning for casinos.

Griffin told the council that the people have already stated their vision for the city's future through a series of town hall meetings that led to the Reviving the Renaissance report for the city and the Living Cities redevelopment plan for East Biloxi.