Harrison County Supervisors Want Junkyard Cleaned

HARRISON COUNTY (WLOX) -- Harrison County supervisors are pushing to clean-up a junkyard off Landon Road.

The problem property is located not far from the Gulfport Sportsplex. Although the junkyard business closed several years ago, the mess remains.

Jerry Fore owns the 100 acre property. His wife told supervisors they're trying their best to clean it up.

Six months ago, the county granted Fore's request for a temporary use permit to put a mobile home on the land, but they attached one requirement: Clean up the junkyard.

An overgrown fence does a decent job of hiding the junk vehicles and scrap metal from public view along Landon Road. But for supervisors, out of sight isn't out of mind.

"What we're doing is not working," said Supervisor Kim Savant.

Savant says there's not enough progress in the clean-up the county ordered. And, despite the buffer of a fence and trees, it's not enough.

"We in Harrison County have always looked at the unincorporated areas as rural in nature. And they are not any longer. You've got a lot of movement that way. The population shift since the storm has been north of the interstate. Those properties can't stay the way they are," said the district two supervisor.

"And I do agree with you all 100 percent about it getting cleaned up," said Doris Fore, "We are doing it on our own, with the equipment we have. And we're doing it as fast as we can. It's a continual thing."

"I don't think he had a clear plan on how to fix this problem. So, I'll be glad to work with you. But we're going to have to do something about it," said safety officer Bobby Payne.

"We are trying," Fore told the board.

"How long are we talking about before this can be cleaned up, not just acceptable, but cleaned completely?" asked Supervisor Savant.

"Now that, I really can't answer you really," said Fore.

She told supervisors portions of the junkyard have been around since the 1960s. She said "no way" could it be cleaned up in six months.

Supervisors agreed for a six month extension on allowing the mobile home, but will closely monitor the clean up.

"You're going to have to come back here in six months. And what I have seen so far, in the six months I've been in office, is not substantial progress toward cleaning that place up," said Savant.