October 20th, 2005 Town Meeting
South Mississippi is a good place to make a living, it's a wonderful place to make a life. Let's keep it that way for everyone; including those residents who live North of the Interstate.
Jerry St. Pe said, " Don't let dead snakes come back to life--don't expend scarce resources on bad ideas." Relocating the railroad North of the Interstate is definitely a dead snake that needs to be put to sleep for good. When the government study was halted in 2003, they concluded there was nowhere North of Interstate 10 to relocate it too. To spend time and money on this BAD IDEA is a waste of both.
Now that BAD IDEA is out of the way, I would like to mention some of the good ideas.
- Public access to coastal waters, public spaces along the waterfront.
- Reduced dependency on automobiles, bike and pedestrian paths.
- Consider consolidating public services along the region, including a county based school system.
- Ferry between Ocean Springs and Biloxi (Great idea as long as it's affordable).
Public Comments made at the meeting.
Becky Gillette is concerned about the ecological impact a reservoir would have on our area and pointed out it is incompatible with our goal of promoting eco-tourism.
Jacob A Mass is concerned about affordable housing. He pointed out that areas of Moss Point were eye sores before Katrina. He also called the Coast a Gumbo (of races and economic levels) and stated that we owe it to ourselves to make sure every seasoning in this Gumbo is tasted. Even though Mr. Mass happens to be African American, he does not see this as a race issue.
Frank Leach(Jackson County Board of Supervisors) is concerned about the railroad relocation, but looks forward to a blending of the communities where we all work together.
As a member of the audience said after the meeting. "Don't railroad people out of their homes in order to relocate the railroad".