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Gulfport looking to remove abandoned slabs

GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) -

Driving down Highway 90, you can't help but take notice of dozens of abandoned property slabs. We may not have to look at them for too much longer, if the city of Gulfport can create a proper ordinance that will get rid of what has been left behind by Hurricane Katrina.

It's been 10 years since what once stood as businesses and homes in Gulfport, have sat as cement slabs on the coast line. Ward Two Councilman Ricky Dombrowski says it's time to clean things up.

"We have a beautiful beach here and we want to make it to where when people drive down they're not seeing these slabs. Some of them have graffiti on them, some of them don't look as obvious from the highway but they do look bad," he said.

Councilman Dombrowski says in his ward alone, there's nearly 50 slabs that stand as a major eyesore. He says the hundreds of Gulfport property owners who haven't cleared the property will hear from the city soon, if they haven't already. 

"Whoever owns that property and is paying taxes on it, they're going to be notified by letter from the city. They're going to be told 'you need to remove your slab', which we've done so on several cases already, but what will happen from there is we'll give them some time to do it," he said.

Councilman Dombrowski says if property owners fail to comply, an ordinance will have to be created and enforced, allowing the city to remove the slabs themselves. But of course, he's hoping city leaders won't have to go that far.

"If they don't do it then we'll look at removing it ourselves. It's been 10 years, let's do it. We'll get them cleaned up and keep moving forward," he said.

Councilman Dombrowski says at this Tuesday's public city council meeting, the council will define what is considered a slab and what isn't. He invites community members out to ask any questions and voice their concerns about the slab removals.

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