Live Oak Trees Continue to Pose Problems for Baseball in Biloxi

Contributor: Nick Patrick
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Updated: 12/10/2013 8:37 pm
The Biloxi City Council is tackling some unique challenges when it comes to constructing a baseball stadium in downtown Biloxi. Paul Tisdale, the Biloxi City Council President, says, "They are asking for a conditional permit and generally speaking, it’s because most places don't anticipate having a stadium in their downtown area and the other condition is ‘What are you going to do with these trees?’ because that generates some local interest." The Biloxi Planning Commission brought forward a resolution today that would authorize this establishment and address some major concerns. Jerry Creel, the City Developer of Biloxi, says, "As a part of the conditional use approval, we had to show that there is adequate parking in the area to accommodate it and it’s something the works in D.T. zoning and just a few questions that had to be answered." The other major road block that's still standing in the way is the issue of the live oak trees that line the property. Tisdale also says, "Currently, it’s going through the planning commission process. The major concern, I think, is the live oak trees on the property. There are a number of trees and you can’t just put caution tape around them and say if a ball hits a tree it's a ground rule double."

While the city is still looking to solve the tree issue, several factors still remain outside the hands of the council and will not be decided on for several weeks. Kenny Glavan, a Biloxi Councilman, says, "We still need the approval of the purchase of the team by Major League Baseball and then the owners will approve the relocation of the said team, so until those two things happen, we are in a holding pattern." No decision has been made on the proposal by the city council, but members are optimistic that they will approve the Planning Commission’s proposal next week.

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