ST. MARTIN, MS (WLOX) - The Jackson County Planning Commission has put in a proposal with the United States Postal Service to create a ZIP code for the St. Martin community.
“We started working on this back in the summer when we were notified by the West Jackson County Utility District that they just realized that with the construction of their new office they would have three different zip codes," said Director of the Jackson County Planning Commission Michelle Coats.
Currently, residents of St. Martin have a ZIP code that falls under one of three cities; Ocean Springs, D’Iberville or Biloxi.
Jerry Dodge, director of the D’Iberville/St. Martin Chamber of Commerce and resident of St. Martin, is excited to put St. Martin on the map.
“For the longest time, we really haven’t had an identity here in St. Martin,” Dodge said. "We want more people to come and see what the secret is that we’ve kept here for so long. It’s a beautiful community. Everybody loves and knows each other; we help each other, and you know they say a rising tide lifts all boats so, that’s where we’re at.
The USPS hasn’t given the planning commission a timeline yet, but Jackson County has completed all of its requests so far.
In researching for the proposal, the planning commission found this ZIP code change will impact a large number of people.
“In that packet of information, we did send them some projected population numbers, and basically for this new ZIP code, there will be 25,000 people in that new ZIP code, so that’s as big as most cities in Mississippi, so I think they deserve a ZIP code," Coats said.