Biloxi’s proposed new ward lines will be presented at a community workshop on Nov. 17, the Sun-Herald reported.

Councilman Felix Gines is hosting the event at 5:30 p.m. at Frank Gruich Community Center, 591 Howard Ave., the newspaper said.

Gines told the Sun-Herald that the redistricting is needed to provide equal representation for residents who were added to the city in the last annexation. If that entire area on the north end of Biloxi were included in Ward 7, he said, it would have hundreds more residents than the other districts, he said.

Southern Mississippi Planning & Development District was hired to oversee the rezoning and divide the wards more evenly, the newspaper reported.

The last time the city did a redistricting was in 2013.

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