At least one Biloxi councilman wants the city to reconsider its decision to annex more land. For more than two months, Biloxi and D'Iberville have been battling over land near D'Iberville. Annexation of the area could mean major growth for both cities. But with it also comes the responsibility of providing needed services like sewer and water to the area.
In a close vote on August 7, the Biloxi City Council voted in favor of an ordinance to annex a 12-square mile stretch of land off Highway 15. At Tuesday's meeting, the council voted to review their decision in a workshop next week.
"We want to reverse that decision. It was a 4 to 3 vote. I was going to change the vote, which was an affirmative vote, and probably one other councilman was going to change his vote. It would have ended up 5 to 2 against annexing that area today," said Ward 4 Councilman Mike Fitzpatrick.
Councilman Fitzpatrick originally voted in favor of the annexation plans.
"The original annexation fight over that real small area that D'Iberville wants to annex has expanded, and now our annexation, our water service district, surrounds D'Iberville completely. And this wasn't the intent when I first voted to go along with annexation," Fitzpatrick said.
Biloxi Mayor A.J. Holloway and other city officials were surprised that Councilman Fitzpatrick added the motion to the agenda on such short notice.
"I think that's back door, back room, back handed, dirty politics by Fitzpatrick, and it all comes down to sour grapes on the Tivoli project. He was so involved in that, and it didn't pass, and he'd do anything now to slow the progress of the city of Biloxi," Mayor Holloway said.
The mayor hopes the council will stick with its original decision.
"We're the third largest city in the state, and we don't want to be boxed in like Jackson got with Ridgeland, Canton, Pearl, where Jackson can't move now. And I don't want that to happen with the city of Biloxi," Mayor Holloway said.
The Council will hold a workshop to discuss the matter next Tuesday, after its 10:30 a.m. meeting.