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Biloxi breaks two post Katrina records


BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - Biloxi set two post-Katrina records in 2009. Officials say Biloxi saw nearly 4,000 lots cleared of code issues last year. That's more than the number cleared in 2007 and 2008 combined.

Biloxi also saw permits for new homes jump to 271, almost triple the number issued in each year since the storm.

"We're just doing our jobs, to be honest," said Biloxi Community Development Director Jerry Creel. "It's like I've always said, there's a lot going on in Biloxi, whether it's new home construction, new businesses opening, or property owners taking action to clear up their property. The difference in Biloxi is that it's not all in one concentrated place, which means you see growth in different pockets throughout the city."

Creel attributed the jump in single family homes to the Timber Creek Estates development, a 209-home project that is being constructed on 100 acres off Woolmarket Road.

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