Posts Tagged ‘Hurricane Katrina’

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Supervisors to hear city’s complaint over tax assessments

BILOXI — The Harrison County Board of Supervisors will hold a hearing next week on Biloxi’s complaints about tax assessments in the city. Officials say the city has lost millions since Hurricane Katrina because the Harrison County tax assessor has assessed some properties at $0 and other properties below where they should be. The Casino […] [...]

Corps hires firm to finish post-Katrina beach restoration

PASCAGOULA — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers hired Tropical World to begin the final phase of Hurricane Isaac repairs to the Pascagoula Beach. The Sun Herald reports work began yesterday to further replenish sand and riprap, clean and restore the concrete mats, and correct filter fabric that is exposed. Jaci Turner, the city’s planning, […] [...]

Shipbuilder wants grant for skills-training facility

PASCAGOULA — Ingalls Shipbuilding has applied for a $1.3-million state grant to build a basic skills training annex to the nearly complete Haley Reeves Barbour Maritime Training Academy. Jackson County has requested proposals for professional services, such as engineering, for the project. Officials tells The Mississippi Press the 4,105-square-foot multi-purpose classroom that will be able to […] [...]

Mississippi Gasification decides against $2B plant on Coast

MOSS POINT — Mississippi Gasification will not build a $2 billion plant on the former International Paper Co. site in Moss Point. The decision came in an announcement yesterday that the company would not renew a lease for the plant site. Mississippi Gasification, owned by New York-based Leucadia National Corp., planned to turn petroleum coke, […] [...]

Katrina Cottages project hits snags in Greenwood

GREENWOOD — Bill Crump says recent setbacks for the Baptist Town project won’t prevent it from moving forward. “We are committed to getting this project completed one way or another,” the chairman of the Greenwood-Leflore-Carroll Economic Development Foundation said. Two new setbacks recently were added to the list of challenges the project has faced since […] [...]

Ocean Springs kicks it up a notch with Main Street Award

OCEAN SPRINGS: Among all the ravages wrought by Hurricane Katrina, and more recently, the BP Oil Spill, there have been many great examples of individuals, businesses, and communities rolling up their sleeves and getting back to work. One of the most noteworthy of these is the community of Ocean Springs. On a recent visit to […] [...]

Insurance costs contribute to slow residential growth on Gulf Coast

A drive along coastal U.S. 90 reveals many vacant lots where homes and businesses sat before Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Eight years after the devastating storm, rebuilding is scarce along the beach and on nearby streets. While reasons vary, the high cost of insurance is heard more than any other reason. For full coverage, property […] [...]

Construction date set on new wharf face for Port of Gulfport

GULFPORT —Work is set to begin June 6 on building a new wharf face for the west pier of the Port of Gulfport, a project that marks a key phase in restoring the port nearly destroyed almost a decade ago by Hurricane Katrina. The Mississippi State Port Authority awarded Hattiesburg-based L&A Contracting a $55.8 million […] [...]

Offensive launched against bogus contractors

A new anti-contractor fraud campaign is underway with a two-fold goal — educate Mississippi consumers on the best practices when choosing a contractor, particularly in the wake of a natural disaster, and give would-be bogus contractors a stern warning that preying on vulnerable homeowners will not be tolerated. “In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in […] [...]

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