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Moss Point leaders, citizens team up to clean up

MOSS POINT, MS (WLOX) -

By Patrice Clark – bio | email

MOSS POINT, MS (WLOX) – Neighbors all over South Mississippi complain when they see illegal dumpsites, trashing the environment and their communities. That's why Moss Point leaders and citizens are teaming up to clean up litter in their city. They're also working to toughen laws to stop litter bugs.

Jennifer Garraway is appalled at the trash piling up on Moss Point's streets. She pointed to Glaude Street as a prime example of the mess.

"We are citizens of our city. This is our responsibility; we have been entrusted with the care of this environment," Garraway said.

Garraway is so bothered by the litter. She called Police Chief Sheila Smallman and Alderman Robert Byrd to show them the unsightly mess.

"It really makes me mad. We have couches, televisions, old tires," Byrd said.

The alderman and the chief are always receiving calls from community members who spot trash or people illegally dumping garbage around town. However, catching the litter bugs isn't easy.

"Most of them wait until the evening hours or till it is dark to come in our city and start littering," Smallman said.

City leaders are now stepping up their efforts to combat this litter problem. Aldermen want to place cameras to catch the litter bugs, and the Moss Point Police Department supports increasing the litter fines.

"We are looking at grants where we can go out and get some cameras to make sure everything is covered," Byrd said.

Jennifer Garraway doesn't think people should sit back and wait for the changes. She's hoping a citywide clean up this Saturday will be the catalyst to keep Moss Point litter free.

"We cannot bring in, or ask for other companies or others citizens to move into this community until we ourselves show pride," Garraway said.

The fine for littering in Moss Point is $500. City leaders have discussed raising the fine to $1,000. The final decision hasn't been approved yet.

Moss Point's city-wide clean is Saturday, April 17 at 8 a.m. For more information, call (228) 324-3577.

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