Hancock County approves permanent MEMA cottages

BAY ST. LOUIS, MS (WLOX) - Hancock County says it is okay to make MEMA cottages permanent. Wednesday, the Board of Supervisors voted to allow MEMA cottages to stay on as permanent structures in unincorporated areas.

Officials say each cottage must be certified individually by MEMA to insure it meets all code and elevation requirements.

"This should be some relief for the property owners and homeowners that have nowhere else to go, and have not been able to recover yet, and their only residence or shelter is a MEMA cottage. So it would be a tremendous relief for those folks," Board Attorney Ronnie Artigues said.

Gautier's City Council also voted this week to allow permanent cottages. But Ocean Springs took no action on whether the nine cottages in that city should be allowed to stay.