Some want Ocean Springs to grow, while others don't

By Doug Walker – bio | email

JACKSON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - Brad Orrison is the co-owner of The Shed, which sits in the direct path of the proposed Ocean Springs annexation.  The Shed has gained national attention for its quirky atmosphere and lip-smacking BBQ. But the thought of being annexed by the city has Orrison smacking his lips in anticipation.

"We're excited about it," Orrison said. "It's something that has been talked about for the last 10 years and hopefully it's going to come to fruition. Things like public sewer and water,, that we're excited about and possibly curbside recycling."

The city is also eyeing an area just a little further south on Highway 57, the Sunplex Industrial Park, which could make or break the deal. County officials maintain that Ocean Springs promised to never annex the industrial park.

Also in the path of city growth are about 1500 homeowners.  Jean Holman is one of them.  While she spends the morning picking up sticks in the yard with her grandson, she is hoping to pick up more information from the city.  And she has a plan to do just that.

"I'm going to go to the meetings and listen to what they have to say and ask questions," Holman said.

And Holman doesn't believe in giving her support without getting something in return.

"I'm not willing to pay high taxes and not have sewage available for five years."

The bottom line for Holman is she wants to vote on annexation, something that is not allowed under current state law.

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