Diamondhead Votes in New Leaders

Diamondhead's south side received a substantial amount of wind and water damage during Katrina.

Its airport was demolished and the country club also received extensive damage. Despite all the destruction, community members seem to be doing just fine.

"It's a great community. It still has that small town atmosphere," says Diamondhead resident Jeannie Siacca.

Siacca moved to Diamondhead in 1999. She says this community is in a league of it's own.

"I kind of feel like we already are our own little town. And the POA is pretty much our own little governing body," says Siacca.

Every two years Diamondhead residents are faced with a major decision, deciding who will govern over their growing community.

As Diamondhead recovers from Hurricane Katrina, officials say this vote is more important now than ever before

"This board will have to hit the ground running," says former POA president Lloyd Ramirez.

He is excited about this years election. Ramirez says there are some serious decisions to be made regarding Diamondhead's future.

"The next two years are going to be vital to us as we come out of Katrina. We have come out of the survival mode. And we have gotten half way through the recovery mode. But we still have an enormous amount of work to do and tremendous amount of decisions to be made which will effect how we live in the future," says Ramirez.

One decision they could soon be faced with is the possibility of this small community becoming it's own city.

"Bay St. Louis' city limits is just to the West of us now so that has gotten people thinking more about incorporating," says Ramirez.

That's just another issue for the newly elected board to tackle.

Candidate Stewart Nutting says he's up for the challenge.

"I am use to making decisions and dealing with problems. And we have some other really good people that are willing to volunteer their time for free to help this community go in the direction it needs to go," says Nutting.

A separate vote was taken asking residents for their opinions about incorporation.

786 people voted in favor of incorporation and 407 against it.

Currently, officials say they are not taking action towards making Diamondhead it's own city.