DIAMONDHEAD, Miss. (WLOX) - Ninety-four slabs in Diamondhead are left from homes that were destroyed nearly 14 years ago. The City Council voted in a regular meeting on March 19 to make changes as part of their planned beautification efforts.
According to a letter sent to the City Council from City Manager Michael Reso, his office requested to begin the process to take over the clearing of abandoned properties pursuant to MS Code §21-19-11.
The state law says that the city must make an effort to communicate with the owners of the properties in question. Reso submitted to following timeline:
State law also says that the city can pass the cost of clearing the property and associated fees, not to exceed $1,500 or half of the cost of clearing the property (whichever is higher), on to the property owner.
Ward 1 Councilwoman Nancy Depreo had troubled properties in her ward as well.
“Abandoned homes contribute to lower property values and are associated with crime," Depreo said. "Two homes in Ward 1 that were severely damaged in Hurricane Katrina, and deemed to be uninhabitable by due process, have been demolished. Removing these homes, we allow the land to be developed with a new home that will fit in with our established community.”
The 94 properties, where slabs are to be removed, are shown below.