Cottages need permanent home

We believe the Gulfport City Council made a wise decision this week to permanently allow Mississippi cottages in established trailer parks within the city. Also we hope the city will explore whether cottages should be permanently allowed on private home sites.

You may remember right after Hurricane Katrina when the cottages were offered as a housing solution, planners said the cottages could be added onto and would look like most other smaller homes. Gulfport joins several other cities and county governments that allow the cottages at least in mobile home parks.

Meanwhile the Biloxi City council has asked the Planning Commission to make a recommendation on where and if Mississippi cottages should be permanently allowed in the city. We would hope at least they would be allowed in mobile home parks. In addition with all of the destruction in East Biloxi, maybe the city could develop a Mississippi cottage park that would allow the cottages to be located in a central area. This way the cottages would not be spread out piece meal around the city.

Each city along the coast must find its own unique solution to the housing shortage. Katrina cottages are just one small part of the overall affordable housing solution.

That's our opinion, we would like to hear yours. Email your thoughts to, or post your comments below.

David Vincent
WLOX-TV Station Manager