What's happening in Ward 5 08/29/14
Big Lake Rd >>> 25 mph!
Street light out in Ward 5?
Mississippi Power Co. at 1-877-656-1836
Pick up debris, trimmings, etc.
Public Works at 228-435-6271
Short Term Rentals 08/20/14
Short term rentals (less than 30 days) are beginning to generate some interest. A brief powerpoint overview was presented by Jerry Creel, Community Development director at yesterday's council meeting, 08/19/14. Generally, short term rentals are currently permitted in zones designated as Down Town (DT), Regional Business (RB), and Community Business (CB) as a "Conditional Use". They are not currently permitted in single family residential neighborhoods. Only one short term rental has been approved by the council. Two websites generally used to advertise short term rentals are VRBO and Air B&B. Typically, a privilege license is issued by the state and a 12% tax applied; 2.25% of the revenue goes to support the Visitor's Bureau and 2.75% of the revenue goes to support the coast coliseum. What's the consequence if no license is secured by the owner? If caught, the matter is heard in community court and the owner is subject to a $1,000 fine. I'm sure more discussion is ahead.
Traffic Advisories... 08/20/14
Lighthouse Park 08/21/14
The new park – a $5.2 million endeavor, which includes cost of land acquisition — will feature a children’s playground area, a pavilion to host outdoor events, additional parking for the Visitors Center and new drainage lines. The work also will restore parts of the site to their pristine state.
I spoke with HNTB's inspector on the job this morning; here's the latest: (1) HNTB (construction manager hired by the city) is reviewing ADA (American Disability Ac) issues related to sidewalks and intersections in Channel Mark, (2) HNTB is reviewing storm drain pipes at 5-6 locations in the project because of concerns related to installation, (3) Once these issues are settled, a "walk through" will be conducted to construct a "punch list" of items that need to be completed, (4) The contractor then has 30 days to correct items on the punch list; it may take less than 30 days, and (5) No one is putting a date on final paving, the last item to be completed on this project. My best guess, and I'm no engineer, is the contractor wraps up in 6 weeks.
Baseball Milestones 08/27/14
Read what Jason Wold, project point man for W. G. Yates & Sons Construction Co., had to say about the stadium construction schedule, as written in a recent city B-Mail... Click here to read
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