Construction has just begun on the project, but nearby residents who attended a special meeting of the city council Monday night are up in arms over the development. There was standing room only at the special meeting of the Bay St. Louis City Council.
Concerned residents, who live next to the site where Dock of the Bay is being built, made up most of those in attendance. They say they're opposed to the project as it's currently drawn up.
"The unreal thing about it is no one else can get a building like this in town without the proper permits and things like this," said River Singleton, a nearby resident.
The council voted unanimously to ask the Building Department to put a stop work order on the project. The council is also requiring the owners to apply for needed variances.
"We want them to go back through the variance process, meaning that what the Council approved in 2004 is not what they're planning on building," said Ward 3 Councilman Jeffrey Reed.
Councilmen say the project was originally approved at 3,000 square feet, but they say former Bay St. Louis building chief Bill Carrigee, Sr. granted a permit in July of last year for a 6,000 square foot facility to be built by Logan Construction Company. That company is owned by Carrigee's son Bill Carrigee, Jr. However, council members say a site plan was never presented and no variances were applied for.
"What they wanted to do in 2004 was a small cafe, as pointed out in the minutes. What they're planning on building now is a monster, from lot line to lot line," Councilman Reed said.
"We were telling them that the cafe was legal, but the size that they were building was not legal. They also had a 20 foot setback in the corner they have to meet, so they have to revise their plans," said Ward 2 Councilman Jim Thriffiley, III.
Council members hope a compromise can be reached that's beneficial to the developers, the residents, and the city.