Dirt pit gets approval

HARRISON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - HARRISON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - We have a follow up report on the controversial dirt pit proposed for Landon Road in Harrison County.

Opponents of the 50 acre pit have lost their court battle to stop the project. Neighbors near the site north of I-10 argued Landon Road is too small for the truck traffic, and the giant dirt pit just isn't right for the neighborhood.

The project was proposed by former Harrison County Supervisor Larry Benefield. Opponents said it shows politics wins out over citizens wishes.

"We wouldn't be dealing with this issue today, if it wouldn't be for good ole politics. If it would be anyone else besides Larry Benefield, they wouldn't put a dirt pit on Landon Road," nearby business owner Anne Fore said. "But when you have a group of Supervisors that stick up for their buddies, that stick up for the good ole boys, then this is the kind of stuff that you have to deal with. They're not worried about the taxpayers. They're not worried about the people that pay taxes, all they're worried about is their friendships."

WLOX News has left messages with Larry Benefield for reaction to the ruling and citizens criticism, but he has not returned our calls.

Supervisor and Board President Windy Swetman told WLOX News Tuesday, "I'm pleased the court upheld the board's decision to allow the proposed dirt pit on Landon Road, and the court's ruling should send a message to voters that the board is conducting business in accordance with the law."

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