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 >>
WAVELAND, MS (WLOX) -
For some Waveland residents whose homes still bear the scars of multiple storms, there may be a chance to start over, thanks to a FEMA acquisition program.
"What this project will do is give residents the fair market value of their structure, post-Katrina. Once that happens, it will buy their house. Then it will be deeded over to the city. That structure will be demolished, and then that piece of land will forever be green space," Fire Chief Mike Smith said.
The homes being looked at are on what's called a repetitive loss properties list. That's any home that has had two or more claims within a 10 year period equaling or exceeding $1,000 in value. By removing those homes, this process will help save money for national flood insurance programs.
"The amount of funding that we're approved for at this time is $933,000. On the current list, we have seven properties that we're acquiring. Those are all severe loss or repetitive loss properties. Those properties all received substantial damage during Hurricane Katrina as well," Smith said.
No action has been taking as of yet, but the chief is hoping the city can move forward with this project, and open it up to more residents in the future.
"Currently, the application is closed as of today. There's seven properties on that list to be bought out. We're hoping to expand that list in the near future. We actually discussed it today with MEMA. For those who don't desire to be bought out, we're also looking at trying to get elevation grants to help those people elevate their homes," Smith said.
The city applied for this program for the second time back in 2010, and was approved this past May. At this time, there's no word yet as to whether or not approval for an expansion of the project will be given.
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