Two commercial buildings that have been a source of controversy for
years at the Ocean Springs harbor may soon be gone. The Department of
Marine Resources will take bids next week on demolishing the Harbor
Landing Restaurant and the adjacent dry boat storage facility.
businesses were purchased with federal grant money with the objective of
turning the land into green space. They were in operation before
Hurricane Katrina, but many people who live near the harbor never liked
them, saying they violated zoning ordinances at the harbor.
Bruce Duckett is one of them. He heads up the group called Friends of the Ocean Springs harbor.
"We're delighted to see the thing come down and return to green space and more public use," Duckett said.
though parking is a problem at the harbor, the cleared land cannot be
used for that purpose under federal regulations. Something else could
happen though, according to Duckett.
"I do think ultimately the
place will be a beautiful asset for Ocean Springs. It can be a park, it
can be a lot of things that the public will enjoy."
Not everyone agrees. Frank Parker is a shrimper who works out of the harbor.
actually thought they were kind of great because it brought more
tourists down here and things like that," Parker recalled. "People
coming in from fishing and you had a place to eat and get drinks and
things like that, and it was relatively quiet around here."
Losing the businesses also concerns city officials, like Alderman Greg Denyer.
had learned to live with them down here at the harbor and I think they
did a good job of policing themselves. And that's 186 boaters that don't
have a place to put their boats now, so now we have a large increase in
trailer traffic that we didn't have before," Denyer explained.
the buildings are gone, that's going to leave a lot of vacant space at
the Ocean Springs harbor. Something else that will be left vacant is the
city's bank account.
"We have a significant tax decrease as a
result of this," Denyer said. "You take any of these properties off the
tax rolls, about $26,000 to $35,000 a year depending on the restaurant
and how it did."
If the DMR accepts a bid at next week's meeting, demolition could begin soon after that and be finished by the end of the year.
Tuesday, April 20 2010 11:21 PM EDT2010-04-21 03:21:00 GMT
31 people are in trouble with the law after a three day prostitution sting in Richmond. Police told NBC12 they targeted specific areas where residents and business owners complained about the illegal activity.More >>
Thursday, July 31 2014 2:17 PM EDT2014-07-31 18:17:53 GMT
A Gulfport woman has been charged with uttering forgery after she allegedly deposited more than $16,000 worth of fraudulent money orders at Coastal Credit Union.More >>
A Gulfport woman has been charged with uttering forgery after she allegedly deposited more than $16,000 worth of fraudulent money orders at Coastal Credit Union. Biloxi Police Department Investigator Steve Schlicht said Cynthia Ann Brosh, 57, turned herself in to authorities Wednesday afternoon.More >>
Friday, July 25 2014 3:19 PM EDT2014-07-25 19:19:10 GMT
(WMC) – A prostitution sting was conducted at a Southaven hotel Thursday. As a result, the following 12 people were arrested: Preston K. Mitchell, 52, Memphis, Tenn., charged with procuring prostitutionMore >>
A prostitution sting was conducted at a Southaven hotel Thursday. Twelve people were arrested.More >>
Thursday, July 31 2014 2:38 PM EDT2014-07-31 18:38:38 GMT
The Evansville Police Department says a man is arrested after an attempted robbery early Tuesday morning. EPD says 50-year-old James Worthington is facing multiple charges after he attempted to rob aMore >>
EPD says 50-year-old James Worthington is facing multiple charges after he attempted to rob a customer at a west side gas station.