First off I did not take a poll but WLOX (Hugh Keeton if I’m not mistaken), The Sun Herald and the Sea Coast Echo were all in attendance or watching one of the various the live streams. It was a marathon meeting and I’ll start with the later portion of the meeting before I left around 8pm, two and a half hours in and the August bill from the former City Attorney:
Anyone that has witnessed the early performances of the new City Attorney understands exactly why the City Council made the change. As an added bonus, the Citizens are finally getting value for their money in legal.
Several residents spoke out against Anita Warner’s application for a variance to the zoning ordinance in order to construct a six-foot aluminum fence on her front yard property line fronting on Third Street and Caron Lane and extend it to the side yards. The Planning and Zoning Commission denied the recommendation that the fence be aluminum and have a 10-foot set back. Many residents said they didn’t want the fence or greenery there because it would obstruct people’s vision. Warner attended the meeting and presented the city with photographs indicating similar fencing surrounding her residence. Ellis Anderson, a representative from the Historic Preservation Commission, told the board, after Warner and others had left the meeting. Two weeks ago, they voted down her request. Her choice was to appeal to the city, which Warner did, and the council sent her request to planning and zoning. The council granted the variance with the stipulation that the six-foot fence be constructed out of aluminum made to look like wrought iron, no obstructions in the right of way and a 20-foot set back on the corner and regular setbacks on the front and side, which is 20 feet.
Folks if a B&B in Ocean Springs requires only a Use permit instead of a Conditional Use permit Walker family attorney Billy Guice is right. Wes Muller’s story quotes Billy Guice as saying “Use Permit” and if that is the case the people over on East Beach that will be impacted may well be screwed.
If all that is true the problem is not the Walkers, rather it is the City Ordinance. File this one under there goes the neighborhood.
A long time ago I had someone from the country through my office that had some experience doing real estate developments in a couple of rural areas in Mississippi. This person got a nice piece of land in a more metropolitan area for what he thought was a steal but he found out the hard way that dirt roads, fifty gallon drums for septic along with no plans for sidewalks, curbs or gutters would not fly in the nicer locales that actually enforce codes and zoning. Stuck with overpriced land and without access to the CIAP program, I imagine the parcel that was such a steal ended up selling at a big loss.
Now back to the 435 East Beach. A best two of three falls cage match between Mayor Moran and Trinity Walker on pay per view has potential IMHO.