BILOXI -- The City Council didn't comment Tuesday on the mix-up with Coast Transit Authority before pulling the additional $65,000 it had approved last week.
Council President Paul Tisdale said after the meeting the action was taken because CTA eliminated some service, contrary to what was in the resolution as adopted. The resolution was amended at the start of the meeting and said if the city contributed the $65,000, service would be maintained.
Kevin Coggin, CTA executive director , left the meeting after the vote and had no comment. He told the Sun Herald last week he had not seen the resolution and would not have agreed to maintain current service when Biloxi contributed only half of the $130,000 requested.
"I don't anticipate any further funding requests from CTA," Tisdale said,
But Councilman Felix Gines kept the door open for negotiation and said CTA needs to come back to the council.
"It's not about CTA and it's not about the city," Gines said. "It's about the citizens."
The council also didn't discuss -- but did approve -- the proposal that directs timber from the trees that will be cut to build the baseball stadium to the Biloxi Maritime & Seafood Industry Museum or other groups to restore historic ships.
In other action the council:
n Approved extending the tax-increment financing agreement that paid for improvements on Caillavet Street and Bayview to pay for work on Fifth Street leading up to Margaritaville Casino.
Chevis Swetman, president of The Peoples Bank, said the developer spent $4.5 million to $5 million and is requesting reimbursements, not to exceed $2 million, as agreed. He said the casino is generating more than enough taxes to pay the estimated $157,000 annual bond payment and a hotel will generate even more revenue. "You need to get the developer going so he can start on the hotel," he said.
n Was asked by Chris Ferrara, developer of Boardwalk Biloxi marina and Hook-Up restaurant in East Biloxi, why the council continues to table his request for a tax incentive promised before he invested $13 million at the site. Ferrara said he was promised a seven-year tax incentive on the improved value. Tisdale said the council will hold a workshop at 5 p.m. March 11.
n Agreed to sell land now leased to IP Casino Resort. Michael Cavanaugh, attorney for IP Casino, said the land was appraised for $414,000 and the casino will pay $425,000 and then pave and landscape the road.