MOSS POINT, MS (WLOX) - Moss Point's new beautification project is still causing controversy. Back in August, citizens and business owners told WLOX that part of the project's design created traffic woes and was slowing down business. The concerns have not prompted much change.
Main Street in Moss Point is the prime spot for the new beautification project. New walkways, more green space, and this median will help give downtown a facelift. But local business owners Joyce Bray and Benny Lassiter said the median is too long, unsafe, and it blocks downtown businesses. They've been begging local leaders to knock it down.
"The reason why we put this business in here is we had accessibility from the north and the south," Lassiter said.
"People, they can get out. But if they want to go back to Moss Point, they have to go way down and turn around. It is really dangerous when you really stop and think about it," Bray said.
Moss Point Mayor Aneice Liddell said she did bring those concerns to the Mississippi Department of Transportation.
"We did go back to MDOT when we got calls and complaints and concerns from some of the business owners on the Main Street. We can only make the changes MDOT allows us to make. They have said no, we could not change the size of the median," Liddell said.
The mayor believes more people will see the beauty in this project once it is finished.
"Anytime change comes, you are going to affect someone, and I hate that when it comes to the business district."
These business owners said they only see more problems in the future.
"All they're doing is hurting Moss Point. If you think someone wants to come to Moss Point and put a business in with this kind of stuff, I don't think so," Bray said.
"We intend to do something; it may have to be some legal action. We do not intend to take this lying down."
The business owners said sales have also declined by nearly 40 percent since the median construction started. The mayor said the project will be completed by the end of the year.