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03/09/05

MS Supreme Court Ends Five Year Nursing Home Battle

A five year zoning battle to bring a nursing home to D'Iberville is over. Last month, the state Supreme Court ruled because of the change in the character of the West Gay Road neighborhood and community need a 60 bed facility could be built there.

The old cars are gone from what was once a junk yard and the land is being cleared to make way for D'Iberville's first nursing home. Getting to this point wasn't easy for the city council members who supported the plan.

Council member Linda Davis said "I told everybody if they wanted to put this nursing home in my back yard they certainly could or better yet right there in the front of my house. I would not care."

Others did care and fought against it.

"A project that should have been completed in a year or two has drug on to the year to 2005 now," said council member Oliver Diaz. "We have gone all the way to the Supreme Court with it and it's a doable project and it will be done."

Once built, the nursing home could look similar to the one Brian Cain already runs in Gulfport. His D'Iberville plans include an adult day care center, a hospice, and a staff of 80 new hires.

"We like the fact that D'Iberville does not currently have a nursing home and it's a fast growing area with lots of people moving into that area," said Cain. "We think it would be an excellent place."

Ward 1's Brian Freeman said "One of my favorite politicians once told me if you take care of the elderly and you take care of the young, then everybody else will take care of themselves. It's extremely important that we take care of our elderly here in D'Iberville."

When construction is ready to begin council members believe it will be so impressive that those who once rejected their new neighbor will pull out the welcome mat. Meanwhile nursing home owner Brian Cain says construction on the new facility should begin in the next few months.

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