Friday, May 24 2013 6:49 AM EDT2013-05-24 10:49:03 GMT
It's a voyage that helps introduce tourists to those small waterfront towns that they may not ordinarily think to visit. A cruise ship docked in Biloxi on Wednesday night. Then on Thursday, passengersMore >>
It's a voyage that helps introduce tourists to those small waterfront towns that they may not ordinarily think to visit. A cruise ship docked in Biloxi on Wednesday night. Then on Thursday, passengers visited several attractions including the Biloxi lighthouse and the visitors center. The Grande Caribe set sail from New Orleans and will continue on until it reaches St. Petersburg. Crew members said it's the stops along the way that makes these small cruises stand out.More >>
Monday, May 13 2013 12:24 PM EDT2013-05-13 16:24:04 GMT
MARION COUNTY, MS (WDAM) - A weekend-long drug raid left 22 individuals behind bars, and more arrests to come. According to Marion County Sheriff Berkley Hall, the drug raid is the result of severalMore >>
A weekend-long drug raid left 22 individuals behind bars, and more arrests to come.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 5:38 PM EDT2013-05-23 21:38:18 GMT
The picture of a George County dog set on fire is disturbing. Authorities say the circumstances surrounding how fire consumed the dog are shocking. According to George County Sheriff Dean Howell, 20-year-oldMore >>
Socks, the dog reportedly burned this week by his owner, has died. That word comes from a George County Sheriff's deputy. Socks succumbed to injuries suffered after 20-year-old Brandon Pierce allegedly set his dog on fire Tuesday night. The suspect told deputies he torched the dog because he "wanted to help the dog go to heaven."More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 10:07 PM EDT2013-05-24 02:07:07 GMT
"Study the past if you would define the future." Those words were once said by Confucius and those are the words the Historical Society of Gulfport strives toward for its city. Wednesday, that societyMore >>
Hoping to highlight Gulfport's history, members will be making that building a museum and welcome center for the city.More >>
An 87-year-old grandmother took on billionaire Donald Trump. And on Thursday - she lost.More >>
An 87-year-old grandmother took on billionaire Donald Trump. And on Thursday, she lost.More >>
BILOXI, MS (WLOX) -
For 27 years, the city of Biloxi has been designated a Tree City by the National Arbor Foundation. The city has a tough tree ordinance in place that protects several species of trees. But now, some downtown business owners are questioning the city's decision to cut down 28 Arizona Ash trees in the downtown area.
To the average person, the downtown trees look healthy and vibrant. But a closer look shows problems. That's the word from city Arborist Eric Nolan.
"They have major stem decay, they have hallows, they have structural stem problems that make them a problem with stem failure and tree failure," Nolan explained.
Because of that, some have already been cut down. Nolan said the trees could be a threat.
"Looks and structure are two different things. So, do I want to cut down 28 trees? No. But we do it for the health and safety of the public," Nolan said.
Business owners like Terese Collins question the logic of cutting down so many trees.
"Immediately, our problem right now is these trees are not gone. Let's see if we can save any of them. And 28 seems to be a massive number of trees to take down at one time," Collins said.
Some of the downtown business owners we talked to are not only concerned that the trees are being cut down, but that replacement trees are not being replanted, according to the city's own tree ordinance. They say it's a classic case of 'Do as I say, but not as I do.'
"The city should be consistent," Collins said. "If the rule is good for citizens, it should be good be good for the city."
Despite the controversy, administration officials at city hall agree the trees have to go.
"We do back his decision," Director of Administration David Staehling said. "We don't take it lightly when it comes to cutting trees. Our tree ordinance is very important to us."
Staehling did say that despite the budget troubles the city is facing, he will try and come up with funding to replant at least some new trees in the downtown area.
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