Harrison County

Public hearing set for Biloxi waterfront plan

The Biloxi Small Craft Harbor before Hurricane Camille had a covered pier into the Mississippi Sound. A proposed waterfront plan looks to bring back the piers along the beach, around Point Cadet and on Back Bay.
The Biloxi Small Craft Harbor before Hurricane Camille had a covered pier into the Mississippi Sound. A proposed waterfront plan looks to bring back the piers along the beach, around Point Cadet and on Back Bay.

The Biloxi City Council this week asked for a public hearing to learn more about the proposed waterfront plan, and that meeting is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. on Nov. 29 at City Hall.

Attorney Gerald Blessey on Tuesday gave an overview of the plan, which calls for no construction within 25 feet of the waterfront, design guidelines so new buildings will look like “Old Biloxi” and boardwalks and piers all along the waterfront from DeBuys Road to Point Cadet and around Back Bay to Interstate 110.

Councilman George Lawrence said the plan looks expensive, and he and the other council members voted unanimously for a public hearing.

“This proposal does not require the city to spend any city money at all. It is simply a guide for design by any developer on the waterfront,” Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich said Thursday.

However, parts of the plan do call for using public money for projects, such as the West Biloxi Boardwalk that is being constructed by the city and Harrison County using Tidelands funds, and Back Bay Phases I and II, which call for Biloxi to construct a boardwalk, walkway and piers.

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