Make more MS cottages permanent

With a March deadline looming, we are hopeful that supervisors in Hancock and Jackson County will allow more Mississippi cottages to become permanent homes for hundreds of Katrina victims.

MEMA has set the March deadline for the cottages to be removed if cities and counties do not allow them on a permanent basis. While we would like to report that everyone has recovered from Hurricane Katrina, and has a permanent home, that is just not the case.

Biloxi and Pass Christian city leaders have already voted to allow cottages to become permanent homes with some restrictions. We would think, especially in Hancock County which took the brunt of Hurricane Katrina, that the cottages would be seen as a viable housing solution.

What will happen to the residents if they are forced out of their cottages? Some say they have no where else to go. Are we willing to let these residents become homeless?

Housing is still one of the main stumbling blocks in our recovery from Hurricane Katrina. To deny these residents the ability to continue living in their Mississippi cottage would be a mistake and a step backward in solving the housing shortage on the Mississippi Gulf Coast.

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