- Associated Press - Tuesday, November 4, 2014

BILOXI, Miss. (AP) - The Biloxi City Council has called a special meeting to consider strengthening the city’s tree ordinance.

The Sun Herald reports (https://bit.ly/1yTVyD5 ) prompting the meeting is an application to cut down 37 protected trees for a new hotel on Beach Boulevard. More than 100 trees have been lost for development in the last year, and some residents say that’s already too many. They are calling for the return of a citizen tree committee in hopes of saving more trees.

Eric Nolan, city arborist, says Biloxi hasn’t had a tree committee since 1999. He says the volunteer committee often didn’t meet, because not enough members could attend to achieve a quorum.

The council will hold their special meeting Tuesday at 4:45 p.m. at City Hall.

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Information from: The Sun Herald, https://www.sunherald.com

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