The City of Biloxi dedicated a new civic and visitors center earlier in the month and have reported an electric bil of nearly $16,000 for the restoration construction projects first month’s operations.
Mayor A.J. Holloway said, “this is about what we had expected. During the design phase, we knew what we wanted and what the community had asked for, and at the same time, we were speaking to the architect and Mississippi Power Company about what we could expect in the way of utilities. We’ve budgeted accordingly, but that doesn’t mean we’re not going to try to reduce the cost. This is good timing, too, since we’re working with the City Council on the budget for the new fiscal year.”
The electric bill for the Biloxi Visitors Center, scheduled to open August 8th, is expected to be between $5,000 and $8,000 a month noted Holloway.
The visitors center and civic center-library represent a $30 million investment, funded primarily through federal money and insurance proceeds from destroyed city facilities.
The city expects to offset some of the utility expenses by renting facilities for special events.
“We’re received very favorable comments from the Biloxi Bay Chamber’s business expo last week. The chamber was impressed with the functionality of the building, and they were able to save money by being able to serve their own food and drinks. More and more groups are going to take advantage of both the civic and visitors centers for special events,” said Mayor Holloway.
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The new Biloxi Public Library formally opened its doors today, and visitors throughout the day have all been saying the same thing. [click here] for the latest information
The CBS “Early Show,” with a nationwide audience of 2.1 million, aired a segment about development in Biloxi. Our story will featured a live interview with Governor Haley Barbour and taped interviews with Mayor A.J. Holloway, city Community Development Director Jerry Creel.The segment topics are traced to Associated Press and Sun Herald stories that began back in May. [click here] for a recap of the articles.
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