The future of what was once the Edgewater Bay golf course in Biloxi, remains in limbo. A standing room only crowd came to the Biloxi Planning Commission meeting Thursday, to let commission members know how they feel about the proposal. They left no doubt, it does not please them at all.
One Edgewater Estates resident said it would ruin their neighborhood. Another called it a disaster in the making. The new plan is a scaled down one, it calls for 133 houses to be built on the back of the property.
Most residents say they are pro development, but are very worried, because the developer has no plans to build an access road. Instead he would use the exiting neighborhood streets. According to residents, that would be a terrible mistake. They say it will create a traffic nightmare of immense proportions.
During the meeting, developer David Vey seemed miffed that the response to his planned subdivision has been so negative.
Vey told the audience and commission members, " Most communities welcome an upscale residential subdivision with open arms."
But after listening to residents complain for nearly an hour, when I spoke with Vey after the meeting, he took a more positive approach, claiming he was encouraged.
When asked how he could be encouraged when everyone spoke against the proposal? He said only those who are anxious get up and voice their opposition. Vey says he suspects a lot of people will buy property when the project actually opens.
But will the project ever get the city's approval? Residents hope not. They gave the planning commission a peitition with more than 180 signatures, asking the commission to deny the developers request.