City-wide code enforcement sweeps underway in Gautier - WLOX.com - The News for South Mississippi

City-wide code enforcement sweeps underway in Gautier

A city-wide code enforcement sweep is underway in Gautier. (Photo source: WLOX) A city-wide code enforcement sweep is underway in Gautier. (Photo source: WLOX)
GAUTIER, MS (WLOX) -

They call it "Nature's Playground", but in recent years parts of Gautier have been losing the beauty that gained the city its nickname.

With that in mind, the city announced this week that officials will be doing a city-wide code enforcement sweep to address any and all violations that currently exist. 

"They should have done something like this a long time ago. I suggested, more than once, and previous administrations that they could put a press release out, that's not hard to do, of the UDO, code enforcement, what we're going to do," resident Bill Rushing said.

Rushing is a resident of the Northwood Hills subdivision and has called Gautier home for more than four decades. He says on weekends, his neighborhood looks more like a parking lot.

"People just don't keep their property up. They park their cars wherever in their yards. On weekends, it's like car auctions out here with so many in the yards," he said.

Dorothy Dunning is also a long time resident of Northwood Hills. For her, it's not just the cars in yards, but the way people are using their properties.

"I do not believe in having a business in your residence home; You just shouldn't do it. If you want a business, you go to the business area. It shouldn't be in your home," said Dunning.

Some residents point to vacant lots with trailers and cars parked on them that are hurting property values. 

"I don't think that cars should be parked on the street. I don't think that cars should be parked on the grass. I don't think they should be and I think the city should enforce them," Dunning said, "Keep them from parking on the grass. Because what it does, it makes the value of your home go down."

Both Ward 4 Councilman Rusty Anderson and Ward 5 Councilman Adam Colledge say since there is no Home Owner's Association, it falls on the city to enforce the code, which is why the enforcement sweep is now in action. It's a move both Rushing and Dunning favor.

According to the city's announcement, new violations will receive a warning notice with a specific time frame to correct the issue. Previous violators could receive a court summons depending on the severity of the offense.

Copyright 2017 WLOX. All rights reserved.

  • NEWSMore>>

  • State flag flies over OS city hall again

    State flag flies over OS city hall again

    Wednesday, November 22 2017 9:32 AM EST2017-11-22 14:32:01 GMT
    Mississippi's state flag returns to the Ocean Springs City Hall flag pole (Photo Source: WLOX News Now)Mississippi's state flag returns to the Ocean Springs City Hall flag pole (Photo Source: WLOX News Now)

    At 7:30 Wednesday morning, Ocean Springs city workers stepped up to the city hall flag pole. They hooked Mississippi's state flag underneath the American flag, and they raised both flags over the city hall grounds. And just like that, five days of debate over whether the state flag should fly in Ocean Springs temporarily came to an end.

    More >>

    At 7:30 Wednesday morning, Ocean Springs city workers stepped up to the city hall flag pole. They hooked Mississippi's state flag underneath the American flag, and they raised both flags over the city hall grounds. And just like that, five days of debate over whether the state flag should fly in Ocean Springs temporarily came to an end.

    More >>
  • Hancock Co. murder suspects to appear in court

    Hancock Co. murder suspects to appear in court

    Wednesday, November 22 2017 9:19 AM EST2017-11-22 14:19:39 GMT

    The father and son charged with killing Philip Whitaker will make their initial appearance in court Wednesday. A court clerk says Carl and Terry Smith will be in Hancock County Justice Court sometime today. Hancock County Sheriff’s Department investigators arrested Terry Smith and his son, Carl Smith Tuesday after questioning them about Whitaker's shooting death.

    More >>

    The father and son charged with killing Philip Whitaker will make their initial appearance in court Wednesday. A court clerk says Carl and Terry Smith will be in Hancock County Justice Court sometime today. Hancock County Sheriff’s Department investigators arrested Terry Smith and his son, Carl Smith Tuesday after questioning them about Whitaker's shooting death.

    More >>
  • Robots and hip replacement surgery are changing lives

    Robots and hip replacement surgery are changing lives

    Tuesday, November 21 2017 9:12 PM EST2017-11-22 02:12:37 GMT

    Alan Fike from Ocean Springs is getting around pretty well since his left hip replacement surgery in May. 

    More >>

    Alan Fike from Ocean Springs is getting around pretty well since his left hip replacement surgery in May. 

    More >>
Powered by Frankly