City faces fines for late baseball stadium construction - WLOX.com - The News for South Mississippi

City faces fines for late baseball stadium construction

Posted: Updated:
BILOXI, MS (WLOX) -

If Biloxi has to pay fines for missing its deadline for completion of building its new minor league baseball stadium, where will the money come from? The architect told the Biloxi City Council on Tuesday that the completion date will be delayed by about a month to the middle of May.

Biloxi's agreement was to have the stadium built by the first pitch of the 2015 baseball season, in April. For every home game the Biloxi stadium is not ready for play, the city has to pay the team $10,000.

Biloxi residents are starting to feel a sense of frustration when it comes to the fines the city is facing.

"Somebody's going to have to cough up the money if they have to pay fines, because the fines are horrendous," said Biloxi resident Gill Miller.

Bob Kranz, another resident, said he can only think of one way for the city to have enough money to pay.

"Hey, guess what? Our taxes are going up again and again. Somebody needs to stop and think," said Kranz.

Councilman Felix Gines says the city is more than confident in the current timeline.

"We believe that it can be done in 10 months or less," said Gines.

That would still mean the city would miss its deadline and face several weeks of fines.

Gines said they are now negotiating how to deal with that issue.

"The road we're going down right now is talking to the owners," said Gines.

The hope is that the owners will agree to push back home games and adjust the team's schedule. Doing this will keep fines to a minimum.

There is also another step that the city hopes will be taken to ensure faster construction.

"As you know, there is a parking garage that's going to be on the other side," said Gines.

If the architect and contractors can develop a plan to concentrate on the stadium first, that should allow for a quicker build. Gines said there is one more factor that should provide a safety net in case things don't go according to plan. The city hopes to have a new contractor by July 21 that will significantly reduce costs.

"We're hoping that in going through this process, that it will save money, and if that possibility then we would have enough to be able to take care of that," said Gines.

Gines said the architect has done similar projects in the same time frame, like Trustmark Park in Pearl, but there are still other factors to consider, such as weather and construction problems that could push the date back even further. When the city negotiates a deal with a contractor, it will include wording that will protect the city from at least contractor mistakes.

Copyright 2014 WLOX. All rights reserved.

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Hebert Family speaks out about deadly explosion at Omega Protein

    Hebert Family speaks out about deadly explosion at Omega Protein

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 6:55 AM EDT2014-07-29 10:55:14 GMT
    Christopher Hebert was killed in an accident at Omega Protein's Moss Point plant in 2012. Hebert's loved ones said they are heartbroken to hear of another life lost.More >>
    In 2012, Christopher Hebert was killed when he was caught in a rotating screw conveyor at Omega Protein's Moss Point plant. Hebert's loved ones said they are heartbroken to hear another family is having to deal with losing a loved one because of something that happened at the plant.
    More >>
  • Woman, 2 children killed in Leake County ATV accident

    Toddler involved in fatal Leake County ATV accident expected to recover

    Monday, July 28 2014 7:08 PM EDT2014-07-28 23:08:07 GMT
    Two-year-old Alicia Hernandez is currently at Blair E. Batson hospital in Jackson recovering from an ATV accident that killed her mother, brother and a cousin. "My Aunt Lucy Hernandez, her second oldestMore >>
    Sarah Eichelberger, of Baton Rouge, was driving her 2009 Acura car when she collided with Lucy Hernandez's Honda ATV.
    More >>
  • Suspect's death takes a toll on authorities

    Suspect's death takes a toll on authorities

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 6:53 AM EDT2014-07-29 10:53:12 GMT
    The D'Iberville man who was pulled from the Tchoutacabouffa River this weekend drowned, according to Harrison County Coroner Gary Hargrove. Monday, an autopsy was completed on James King. Authorities sayMore >>
    The D'Iberville man who was pulled from the Tchoutacabouffa River this weekend drowned, according to Harrison County Coroner Gary Hargrove. Monday, an autopsy was completed on James King. Authorities say the 21-year-old jumped into the river Saturday while running away from police. It's the kind of tragedy first responders admit always takes a toll on them.More >>
Powered by WorldNow

208 DeBuys Road
Biloxi, MS 39531
(228) 896-1313

FCC Public File
EEO Report
Closed Captioning

All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Worldnow and WLOX. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.