MOSS POINT, MS (WLOX) - It's been nearly 12 years since Hurricane Katrina devastated the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Despite efforts by local city building code officials, a number of homes have never been cleaned up or repaired.
One quiet, Moss Point subdivision could be described as one of the most scenic in South Mississippi. The neighborhood has a unique coastal charm. Moss drops down from oak trees that line the streets.
Residents say the beauty is disrupted by a home they say looks almost the same way it did after Hurricane Katrina ripped through the neighborhood in August of 2005.
The garage door is crumbling, and an old boat sits in the front yard; along with piles of trash. Overgrown grass and trees are taking over the landscape.
A neighbor, who didn't want to be identified, says it's time something should be done.
She said, "This is a nice neighborhood and people do take care of their property. It's sad. I'd like to see it be cleaned up."
Moss Point Building Official Andrew Beamon says the city is aware of the home.
"We have received complaints on that and what the city has done due diligence. We have located the property owner and sent him a Notice of Violation explaining him to cleanup the property," said Beamon.
Beamon says the city gives the homeowner 15 days to clean up the property.
"[If] they don't clean it up, then we have another process to get him into court and hopefully access a fine to them, "stated Beamon.
Butch Pellerin owns the home.
When told about the complaints, Pellerin said, "I'll clean it up. I just recently retired. My retirement paper isn't stable yet. They're still adjusting it. Shortly I hope to move that boat and clean everything up."