Posts Tagged ‘Hurricane Katrina’

The last FEMA project — Municipal pier in Bay St. Louis had been put off for years

by Published: January 17,2014

Tags: Business, FEMA, Hancock County, Hurricane Katrina, Mississippi, Politics

When the Jimmy Rutherford Pier is completed in the next month or so, it will have the distinction of being the last FEMA project on Bay St. Louis’s long list of almost 70 post-Katrina projects worth around $80.5 million. Mayor Les Fillingame said, “It is very exciting to get to the point where we are […] [...]

Court of Appeals rules for Coast utility authority

BILOXI — The Mississippi Court of Appeals has sided with a South Mississippi utility authority in a dispute over the use of eminent domain to take private property for a massive sewage plant built with federal Hurricane Katrina money. The court’s ruling on Tuesday overturns about $47,000 in attorney’s fees that had been awarded to […] [...]

Parts of Katrina-damaged pier to finally come down

WAVELAND — The city of Waveland intends to tear down storm-damaged parts of the Garfield Ladner Pier. The board of aldermen is reviewing bids submitted earlier this month for the work. Coming down are the concession stand, ranger’s house, and a bathroom. The work is necessary, officials said, because the structures don’t meet current Federal […] [...]

Judge denies ex-mayor’s motion to vacate Katrina-related conviction

GULFPORT — A federal judge has denied a motion to throw out the conviction of a former south Mississippi mayor sentenced to probation in a Hurricane Katrina fraud case. Former Gulfport Mayor Brent Warr pleaded guilty to one count on Sept. 25, 2009, more than four years after the August 2005 storm devastated parts of […] [...]

Bid let for Signet Maritime containment slab

PASCAGOULA — The Jackson County Board of Supervisors and the Port of Pascagoula approved using federal Katrina money to build a containment slab at a shipyard in Pascagoula. The project, called an environmental slab, will be a concrete slab about 55,000 square feet, according to port officials, and will cover and contain contamination at Signet […] [...]

HUD: State lax in recruiting low-income workers for Katrina efforts

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has upheld its ruling that the Mississippi did too little to recruit low-income people for Hurricane Katrina recovery work at the Port of Gulfport. HUD’s Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity also found the Mississippi Development Authority failed at times to track employment of […] [...]

MDMR uses sonar to identify debris in bay

BILOXI — The Mississippi Department of Marine Resources has identified a large piece of concrete near the Biloxi-Ocean Springs bridge after using a sidescan sonar in the area Wednesday. Staff in the Marine Fisheries and Marine Patrol departments found a piece of concrete about 15 feet long that is two feet below the water’s surface, […] [...]

New Orleans developer buys Katrina-damaged school

BAY ST. LOUIS — A New Orleans developer has bought the Hurricane Katrina damaged Second Street Elementary School in Bay St. Louis and plans to give the historic landmark new life. Developer Jim MacPhaille tells WLOX-TV he is seeking ideas. Many in town are just happy to see the building still standing. “I would hate […] [...]

Port works out agreement with feds over job data

GULFPORT — Mississippi officials say they have an agreement with the federal government to show how existing jobs were preserved with federal money at the state-owned Port of Gulfport. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development ordered the state, in a letter received Sept. 11, to provide more documents about those jobs. The state […] [...]

Communities buy more time for Katrina aid forgiveness

MISSISSIPPI GULF COAST — With the deadline extended for federal forgiveness on Hurricane Katrina disaster loans, political entities on the Mississippi Coast are asking one last time. The cancellation deadline has been extended to April 2014, former Bay St. Louis Mayor Eddie Favre told the Sun Herald. In addition, political jurisdictions are allowed to show […] [...]

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