Neighbors say no to proposed bed and breakfast

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PASS CHRISTIAN, MS (WLOX) - The Pass Christian Board of Alderman will consider a proposal for a new bed and breakfast on Scenic Drive.

The bed and breakfast would operate out of a 5,200 square feet home with four bedrooms and four and half bathrooms, according to property owner, Chase Mosely.  Mosely and his wife Erin already run a bed and breakfast in Pass Christian at the Historic Oak Crest Mansion.

But, some neighbors like the Bernadas family, who live on Scenic Drive, said the street of residential homes is not the place for a business.

"We feel like it's every homeowner's right to try to preserve the residential nature of their neighborhood.  Once we open the doors to this business, we can't control how much we let in after that," said homeowner Ron Bernadas.

Anita Giani said she can understand the homeowners concerns.  At the same time, she said the bed and breakfast will bring something badly needed in Pass Christian, a place for visitors to stay.

"This isn't a large hotel.  This is a four bedroom bed and breakfast that we're talking about. We're not talking about people moving in and moving out every day," said Giani.

Mosely said only eight people at a time would be allowed on the property, two people to each room.  The area is zoned for "inns" under smart code.  The zoning designation does allow for operations like a bed and breakfast.

But, neighbors like Bernadas said the concerns of people who live on the street should be seriously considered.

"The person that's going to be affected needs to have a little more of an input and an ear to our lawmakers.  Not only do we believe that it will lower the value of all of our properties, but it is a significant change in the character of this neighborhood that we so dearly want to preserve," said Bernadas.

While Giani doesn't live on Scenic, she said perhaps a compromise can be reached among Scenic Drive neighbors and those in favor of the bed and breakfast.

"I hope that something good can come out of this and there will be discussions and solutions that will work for this proposal and future proposals.  We're hoping there's some way we can find some type of meeting ground where we can make this work.  Pass Christian really needs to attract people, and we really have no place for them to stay now," said Giani.

Both sides said it's nothing personal, they just want what's best for Pass Christian as it moves forward.

The owners of the property Chase and Erin Mosely were out of town when this story aired. But, Chase Mosely did speak with WLOX over the phone regarding the issue.

He said, "We want to bring to the city a property that can be enjoyed by those who live in Pass Christian or those visiting. We're going to do everything we can to help with the renaissance of the city and do it in a low impact way so it doesn't disrupt its scenic or historic character."

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