Ocean Springs Aldermen Revoke Plant Permit

The Ocean Springs Board of Aldermen all agreed a pet food processing plant does not belong in the industrial park near Highway 90.

Finicky Pet Foods had wanted to relocate their pet food processing business from Pascagoula to the small industrial park across from the Wal-mart Super center. In March, the city planner issued the company a permit. But, many neighbors in a nearby upscale subdivision voiced their opposition to the project, citing the potential for excessive noise and foul odor.

Tuesday night, the aldermen revoked the building permit.  The decision came after an environmental study, authorized by the City Planning Commission, supports the neighbors' concerns.

Ward 5 Alderman Jerry Dalgo said "There were environmental concerns, and there were issues that were brought out in the report. Mostly, we didn't have all the information from the company when they made their application. Now that we do, our zoning does not allow it. It's not a legal permitted use".

Ashley Hendren is the attorney for the neighbors. She said "We're very pleased with the outcome. It was the result we had hoped for, that most of us were praying for. I feel like the city really did the right thing. We're just very grateful that we can rest easy, at least for the time being".

Hendren said Finicky has ten days to appeal the aldermen's decision to Circuit Court. WLOX could not find a representative from the company at Tuesday's meeting to get a comment.