Friday, May 24 2013 6:49 AM EDT2013-05-24 10:49:03 GMT
It's a voyage that helps introduce tourists to those small waterfront towns that they may not ordinarily think to visit. A cruise ship docked in Biloxi on Wednesday night. Then on Thursday, passengersMore >>
It's a voyage that helps introduce tourists to those small waterfront towns that they may not ordinarily think to visit. A cruise ship docked in Biloxi on Wednesday night. Then on Thursday, passengers visited several attractions including the Biloxi lighthouse and the visitors center. The Grande Caribe set sail from New Orleans and will continue on until it reaches St. Petersburg. Crew members said it's the stops along the way that makes these small cruises stand out.More >>
Monday, May 13 2013 12:24 PM EDT2013-05-13 16:24:04 GMT
MARION COUNTY, MS (WDAM) - A weekend-long drug raid left 22 individuals behind bars, and more arrests to come. According to Marion County Sheriff Berkley Hall, the drug raid is the result of severalMore >>
A weekend-long drug raid left 22 individuals behind bars, and more arrests to come.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 5:38 PM EDT2013-05-23 21:38:18 GMT
The picture of a George County dog set on fire is disturbing. Authorities say the circumstances surrounding how fire consumed the dog are shocking. According to George County Sheriff Dean Howell, 20-year-oldMore >>
Socks, the dog reportedly burned this week by his owner, has died. That word comes from a George County Sheriff's deputy. Socks succumbed to injuries suffered after 20-year-old Brandon Pierce allegedly set his dog on fire Tuesday night. The suspect told deputies he torched the dog because he "wanted to help the dog go to heaven."More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 10:07 PM EDT2013-05-24 02:07:07 GMT
"Study the past if you would define the future." Those words were once said by Confucius and those are the words the Historical Society of Gulfport strives toward for its city. Wednesday, that societyMore >>
Hoping to highlight Gulfport's history, members will be making that building a museum and welcome center for the city.More >>
An 87-year-old grandmother took on billionaire Donald Trump. And on Thursday - she lost.More >>
An 87-year-old grandmother took on billionaire Donald Trump. And on Thursday, she lost.More >>
PASCAGOULA, MS (WLOX) -
Pascagoula's mayor and three city councilmen are in Washington, D.C. to fight for changes to the FEMA flood elevation maps. They said FEMA's post-Katrina mandate to build higher is strangling rebuilding efforts in the city.
Pascagoula Councilman Frank Corder said the current FEMA maps are supposed to help reduce flood damage. But to him, the elevation requirements have been nothing but a hindrance and a headache.
"Say if a young couple wants to add on an extra bedroom in the Pine Crest area, it has to be an additional two, three or possibly four foot higher than the actual house is," Corder said. "It is not good development practice and it causes a lot of problems for us as we are trying to bring this city back."
Councilman Joe Abston said he has also heard an earful of complaints from citizens about FEMA height demands. He said depending on where folks want to build, they will have to go up as high as 19 feet.
"It is just not very fair," Abston said.
The men also blame FEMA's elevation requirements for the lack of rebuilding in the areas of the city they represent. That's why the two are headed to Washington, D.C., hoping to convince Mississippi's Congressional delegation the FEMA maps need some tweaking.
"Most of our housing is below Highway 90, so basically you are affecting the whole city by having the stringent requirements," Abston said.
"We are definitely losing money on redevelopment with having so many restrictions on height requirements as far as building up," Corder said.
"When we don't have people building houses, it hurts our tax base. And when businesses can't locate here, it hurts our tax base," Abston said.
The councilmen said reducing elevation demands by a couple of feet would be a win for the city and citizens. They just hope leaders in Washington see it that way.
"You have the power to tell FEMA to adjust the rate maps, bottom line."
The councilmen plan to meet this week with Senators Thad Cochran and Roger Wicker, as well as U.S. Representative Steven Palazzo.
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