Preparations For The Isle's Proposed Garage Ruffles Some Point Cadet Feathers

The Isle of Capri needs to put some test pilings in the ground behind the J.L. Scott Marine Education Center. The tests will help the casino determine how much money it should budget for a new parking garage.

Early Wednesday morning contractors unloaded some of the equipment they'll use for those tests. Because the Isle doesn't have permits to do the tests yet, officials at the marine education center questioned whether the arrival of the equipment was jumping the gun just a bit.

Howard Walters is the assistant director of the Point Cadet aquarium. "We don't know to what degree and how close the pilings will go down," he said. "We don't know what the damage will be to those aquariums."

A spokesman for the Isle of Capri said the casino won't do any work on its garage until it gets the city's approval.

The Biloxi Planning Commission will hold a public hearing Thursday at 2 p.m. to hear comments on the Isle's proposed 1,000 space garage.