OCEAN SPRINGS, MS (WLOX) - Ocean Springs Mayor Connie Moran has vetoed an ordinance that sparked a lot of controversy among the film community. That ordinance was passed by the board of aldermen. It outlined how the city was planning to handle film and television production companies.
Moran says she intends to work with the board of aldermen to modify the ordinance. In Moran's veto letter to the city clerk and board she states that the ordinance was unanimously passed without any discussion.
She goes on to say she feels the ordinance is unduly restrictive and would like the opportunity to discuss with film industry professionals, and to compare similar ordinances in other cities.
Mayor's veto letter:
"It is not the intent of the Board to discourage filming in our community. Rather the City would like to streamline the process to cooperate with producers and ensure any negative impacts to our residents and businesses (road blocks, noise, pyrotechnical effects) are minimized with sufficient public notification. Ocean Springs is a picturesque town that is an attractive and appropriate setting for film production. Limits on the times of production, burdensome permitting, lag in City's response time, and any oversight restriction that could be construed as censorship, send a negative signal to the film industry that would be detrimental to our economic development efforts. I look forward to working with the Board and interested parties to modify the ordinance to "set the stage" for a productive working relationship with this growing industry."