Hancock County Bans Manufactured Homes

Shoreline Park is a waterfront community full of new home construction. Most of the homes going up cost between one hundred thousand and two hundred thousand dollars.

Roger Estopinal built his home in Shoreline 6 years ago. He says he supports the County's ban on Mobile homes for several reasons. "The property values decrease as the mobile homes come in. Some people do keep up their mobile homes and their entitled to that their civil rights. But for the most part of it the rating and appraisal and values on the homes go down where their are mobile homes next to it cause a lot of people don't keep them up."

Lamar Hill disagrees with the County's new ban. He owns a mobile home in Shoreline Park. "I don't think it's right because people have to live some where and now a days you can't afford these high priced homes especially if you are elderly or disabled. I think they are stepping over their bound a little bit," he told WLOX.

The ban on mobile homes went into effect Wednesday, when supervisors gave their approval. No new mobile homes will be allowed in areas zoned R-2, South of Interstate 10. County leaders say areas zoned A-1 Agriculture, which account for about 75 percent of the county, are not included.

"If we we're in the city I could understand that some what. We have people who live in trashy mobile homes we have people who live in trashy houses. We try to keep our place halfway descent," Lamar added.

Opponents of the zoning restrictions say the only good news is that existing mobile homes fall under a grandfather clause and get stay.

That grandfather clause only applies to mobile homes already in place, which means if someone's mobile home burns down or is damaged beyond repair, they will not be able to put another mobile home on land in the rezoned area.

Meanwhile, the Mississippi Manufactured Homes Association is appealing the decision. The Association is seeking a second public hearing on the issue.