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Jackson Co. residents upset over decade old slabs

Slabs like this one, left behind from Hurricane Katrina, are frustrating some Jackson County residents. (Photo source: WLOX News) Slabs like this one, left behind from Hurricane Katrina, are frustrating some Jackson County residents. (Photo source: WLOX News)
JACKSON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) -

Almost a decade after Katrina's wind and water rocked the gulf coast, there are still more than 200 slabs from homes knocked off their foundation in Jackson County.

Residents want to see laws put in place to get them out of their neighborhoods.

Bob Bliss and Allen Doyle live in St. Andrews and say they are upset they have to look at the unsightly slabs their neighbors left after the storm.

“If we have real estate agent come into the neighborhood to show the properties, the first thing they see is all these slabs and hurricane remnants. And it is very depressing,” said Bliss.

According to Jackson County's Planning Department, the ordinance in place now states a slab has to be a hazard or present imminent danger to the public's health for the county to go on private property to clean or remove it.

Residents said a new law is needed that demands that the slabs go. County Supervisor John McKay represents St. Andrews and couldn’t agree more, but admits the process will take time.

“I think there is a legal way to do it. I know Biloxi or I believe Biloxi several years ago created an environmental court and it was handled much more expeditiously then what we are able to do because they had an actual court that handled that type of issue. We don't have such a thing. All we have is our regular court system. We are going to work on it. Our legal staff is going to work on it," said McKay.

In the meantime, the planning department will be sending out letters this week urging more than 200 property owners across the county to pull up their decade old slabs in the interest of safety and future growth.

“It is disheartening that no action has been taken to make the area a little nicer place to be,” said Doyle.

County officials said it costs them $3,000 to $5,000 to remove a slab. Some of the target slab areas also include St. Martin and Gulf Park Estates.

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