Henderson Point Recovery Still Slow, Residents Want Lots Cleaned

By Toni Miles - bio | email

PASS CHRISTIAN, MS (WLOX) - While some homes are springing back to life in Henderson Point, the contents of some homes are still standing on slabs for everyone to see. The remains of houses are also still evident nearly three years after Katrina.

Raymond Lizana moved back into his Henderson Point home late last year.

"I had neighbors all around me. Some of them are coming back, some are not. The worst part about it, is they won't come back and clean the lots up. They need to cut the grass and keep the animals out," Lizana said.

Lizana said he supports the Board of Supervisors' decision to crack down on property owners who have let their lots go this long.

"I think it's a good idea. They're running behind time," Lizana said.

While Raymond Lizana has built back, many people have not.

Contractor Terry Poore has worked on a few homes in the Henderson Point area, but said building in the area and across the coast has slowed down.

"Henderson Point, there's a lot of area that people can build on. Some people aren't coming back for a number of reasons. I'm sure insurance costs are one. Insurance has gone up tremendously. Cost of building's gone up. I know a couple of people in the area haven't gotten their insurance settlements yet. That's kind of got things down as far as production and speedy recovery," Poore said.

Poore also blames decreased home values in the area, pointing out that most homes are valued at $30,000 to $40,000 less than what they were worth before Katrina.

As for Raymond Lizana, he'd like to have more neighbors and see the lots that are in his neighborhood, cleaned up.