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Biloxi ups CTA funding, hears comments on taxi service

JOHN FITZHUGH/SUN HERALDA taxi waits Tuesday across the street from Beau Rivage for its turn to get in line for a fare at the Biloxi casino. Biloxi, D'Iberville and Gulfport are considering creating new regulations for the taxi industry in South Mississippi.
JOHN FITZHUGH/SUN HERALDA taxi waits Tuesday across the street from Beau Rivage for its turn to get in line for a fare at the Biloxi casino. Biloxi, D'Iberville and Gulfport are considering creating new regulations for the taxi industry in South Mississippi. SUN HERALD

BILOXI -- The Council held a hearing Tuesday on new regulations for taxis and voted to give Coast Transit Authority an additional $65,000 a year.

The increase to CTA brings Biloxi's contribution to $265,000 a year.

Councilman Kenny Glavan said he thought Harrison County should increase its contribution, and because the Casino Hopper is heavily used by tourists, the casinos should contribute to help provide the service,

"I believe it's fair and reasonable to ask them to do something," he said.

The council last year cut the allocation to $200,000, and CTA director Kevin Coggin said ridership was down because of the reduction in services.

Council members told Coggin they want a workshop to discuss providing more service to the handicapped and residents of assisted-living communities.

The morning hearing was to get comments from taxi cab drivers and residents on proposed regulations that would create a new taxi authority for Biloxi, D'Iberville and Gulfport.

Those who weren't able to attend have 10 days send comments to the clerk of council at lbrashier@biloxi.ms.us.

In other action Tuesday, the council:

n Tabled a first reading to change the zoning from architectural to residential on several parcels between Hudson-Krohn Road and Old Highway 67 where Dennis Stieffel proposes building single-family housing.

n Denied by a vote of 4-2 an application by Dennis Stieffel & Associates for an 87-lot mixed-use subdivision at 13151 Old Highway 67 in Woolmarket. Councilman David Fayard said the site plan does not have proper storm-water control and is not in the best interest of the residents of Biloxi. He and council members Paul Tisdale, George Lawrence and Dixie Newman voted to deny; Glavan and Felix Gines voted against denial. Councilman Robert Deming III was absent.

n Heard from film producer Mark Headley that the world premier of "Artists Die Best in Black," which was filmed in South Mississippi, will be at 6 p.m. Sunday at the Saenger Theatre in Biloxi.

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