Biloxi Council Rezones Neighborhood For Waterfront Development

The Biloxi City Council has opened the door for possible casino gaming for waterfront properties along Pine and Third streets. The council voted unanimously Tuesday to change the zoning of the area to waterfront.

Some residents of the area asked the council for the zoning change because they do not plan to rebuild homes there. Attorney Mike Cavanaugh spoke on behalf of the Pine and Third Street residents.

"All of this property falls with in the 800 feet of the mean high waterline, which became law in 2005. The homeowners have gotten together and believe that this is the best use for the property," Cavanaugh said.

In other business, the Council decided to put off a decision on whether to allow a gas station on the south side of Highway 90.

In September, the Planning Commission recommended the council deny Clark Properties a permit to rebuild a Shell gas station at Veterans and Highway 90. The council was supposed to hear an appeal Tuesday, but tabled action November 6th.

Two other gas stations have been approved on Highway 90 in Biloxi. Both are on the north side of the highway.