Harbor Deli Cooking Up Complaints From Neighbors

OCEAN SPRINGS (WLOX) -- The view from atop Harbor Landing in Ocean Springs is what owner David Harris says he's always envisioned.

"We built a little deli and built the ship store on top. It's just turned out to be an ideal place," Harris said.

But Bruce Duckett sees something much different.

"That's going to be a real party place, we can see it coming," Duckett said.

Duckett says Harbor Landing violates Ocean Spring's current zoning ordinance for CB-4, otherwise known as commercial limited marinas. The business was denied by the city's planning commission last year, but the Board of Alderman allowed it anyway.

Now, Harris wants to add a wine list to his deli, which Duckett says sets sail to a host of problems.

"The other thing we don't wanna see is a bar right next to a boat launch. So people then get a little high and then jump in their boats. Because boating while intoxicated is just as illegal while driving while intoxicated," Duckett said.

But Harris says that won't happen.

"People like to come by, drink a glass of wine, and I don't see a problem with that. We don't anticipate ever operating anything like a lounge. That's not what we do," Harris said.

Harris's permit application with the Alcoholic Beverage Commission does classify Harbor Landing as a lounge, and that's exactly what Duckett fears for the future of this small harbor, because of the Board of Aldermen's decision.

"That would open up the whole harbor to restaurants, lounges, bars, and whatever else," Duckett said.

A group of about 50 residents have filed an appeal of the Mayor and Board of Alderman's decision. Their appeal has been heard by Judge Harkey, but there no ruling yet.