Dozens of concerned citizens say they're fed up with all the side effects of the major construction project. (Image Source: WLOX News)
Ward Two Councilman Felix Gines apologizes to citizens for city choosing bad contractor. (Image Source: WLOX News)
Passionate remarks were made as resident after resident addressed the city council about the numerous problems they face daily living in the midst of a constant construction zone. (Image Source: WLOX News)
BILOXI, MS (WLOX) -
Dozens of residents are fed up with what they call a diminishing quality of life with every passing day the East Biloxi infrastructure project continues.
"It's depressing. It's embarrassing," said one citizen.
Passionate remarks were made as resident after resident addressed the city council about the numerous problems they face daily living in the midst of a constant construction zone.
"I've got an inhaler for asthma. Asthma? I'm 59 years old. I've never had asthma," said another concerned citizen.
Mentions of car damage, business closures, and overall quality of life were all topics of concern, but how it's affecting their health is the top priority for most.
"We are breathing in a lot of the dust, and we are having issues with our health as we speak," said Raquel Easton.
Most of the concerned citizens are constituents of Ward 2 Councilman Felix Gines.
"The city does need to say one thing to you. We picked a bad contractor. A bad contractor was picked no matter how it got there. It's picked, so we do need to first start by saying we're sorry," said Gines.
The project, which is referred to as the north contract with Oscar Renda Contracting, began prior to Mayor FoFo Gilich's term. Now, he's playing damage control.
"The tearing up of all the community was a problem. Again, that a was a contract before my time, but you still have to deal by the contract. The contract set up these conditions where they could get paid for tearing up the road and some of the mobilization funds. So, we're stuck," said Gines.
We did reach out to Oscar Renda Contracting to ask questions about the project. At this time, we have not received a return call.