Judge Rules In Annexation Battle Between Biloxi And D'Iberville

Both sides came out winners in the annexation battle between Biloxi and D'Iberville.

The nearly 10 miles of land that the two cities both wanted to annex will be divided, with a small portion staying in Harrison County.

D'Iberville will add roughly seven miles to its city limits. But it didn't get the Wells Ferry Landing neighborhood located on the east side of Highway 15.

Instead, a judge ruled on Tuesday that Wells Ferry will become part of Biloxi.

The residents had previously petitioned the city of Biloxi to annex them rather than be annexed by D'Iberville.

"We weren't really interested in taking Wells Ferry per se," D'Iberville Mayor Rusty Quave said. "We were more interested in Highway 15 and 67. With the new 67 coming in as a possible commerce corridor, and as a city I think we're going to step back and take a look at it. I'm not sure what we're going to do, whether we're going to appeal the judge's decision as of yet."

Quave says the city council will probably discuss the case at its next meeting.

By annexing Wells Ferry, Biloxi's city limits will grow by about two miles.