Overgrown lots are eyesores in our community

There are many lots along Highway 90 still vacant nearly five years after Hurricane Katrina. Most of them are mowed and look just fine. However, recently we have noticed a number of properties that need some attention.

There are lots that look like they haven't been cut this summer, with weeds and grass four to five feet tall. Not only do these lots look unkempt, but they can be breeding places for rats, mosquitoes and other unwanted pests.

These overgrown lots do not make a good impression on visitors. We want them to see the beauty of our area, not a weedy lot. That means property owners need to get the lots mowed and maintained.

This isn't a new problem. In fact, we have used this very forum on several occasions to plead with property owners to do the right thing and mow and cleanup lots along highway 90 and across South Mississippi.

As we approach the fifth anniversary of Katrina, landowners, whether of commercial, private or public property, should be held accountable to keep our coast beautiful and move it forward.

That's our opinion, we would like to hear yours. Email your thoughts to editorials@wlox.com, or post your comments below.

David Vincent
WLOX-TV General Manager

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