LONG BEACH, MS (WLOX) - The devastation of Hurricane Katrina turned hundreds of homes and businesses across the Coast into cement slabs. Now, another city appears to be next in line to crack down on property owners who have failed to remove their slabs and pilings left behind by the storm.
In Long Beach, Mayor Billy Skellie says it's time for the eyesores to go.
"You know, we lost 500 homes, and many of those moved their slabs and also maybe a portion of that where we still have commercial property that the slabs still exist," Skellie said.
Long Beach residents say these slabs are the last memories from the storm that they're ready to see disappear. To hear city leaders talk about taking the steps to remove them is good news.
"We're ready for them to make a move on it and make them clean this place up. They should've made them take them out when Katrina came through. I thought that was the whole idea of clean up, really," Mark Layton said.
"I'm not exactly sure what took them so long, but we've had so much to restore. It's just a process. I hope they do consider it. I think the public would be for it," Kimberly Hertz said.
According to Skellie, right now the city's attorney is looking to adopt some of the same language other cities have used to write up an ordinance pertaining to the removal of slabs in the city. He says he's hopeful the board of aldermen will agree it's time to clean up the last memories of a storm that wiped so much away.
"You know, it's another facet of clean up. It's been almost 10 years. It's time for people to move some of this. I know it's been hard for them and a major loss, but it's time," Skellie said.
Skellie told WLOX News the city attorney plans to present the ordinance to the board of aldermen at Tuesday's meeting.