Sunday, October 02, 2005

Katrina


After eating a lovely brunch at Bayview Gourmet in Ocean Springs. Which is even more crowded then usual due to the scarcity of restaurants, and short staffed to boot, we decided to tour Ocean Springs.

First we drove to the Biloxi - Ocean Springs bridge. Seeing the concrete tossed to and fro like blocks after a toddlers temper tantrum is sobering, and gives you a new appreciation for the POWER of WIND & WATER. Then we drove along the beach in Ocean Springs, seeing homes that were just "gone", yards that had huge sink holes in them where the water had washed the ground away, and memories of someone's life scattered to the wind is depressing.

But there are signs of rebuilding everywhere and the capacity of the human spirt to survive almost anything nature throws at it, gives me hope.

2 comments:

Natalie said...

ooo...love your blog (and this isn't comment spam.).

To the rest of the world, it looks like coast residents are focused exclusively on Katrina recovery efforts. Do you think the RR debate is getting enough attention down there?

What is the local govt's stance? Will it come down to eminent domain?

Keep up the good fight.

Alasandra said...

The Sun Herald (the major local paper down here) wants the RR moved North of the interstate. They wrote an editorial and have published several letters in favor of relocating the RR. The cities of Gulfport and Biloxi have never officially commented, although it is mainly their citizens who want it moved.

Ocean Springs issued a statement that they do NOT want the RR moved, and the Jackson County Board of Supervisors also issued a statement that they do not want it moved.

Trent Lott (who helped get funding for the study) after hearing from several angry homeowners had the funding for the study killed and a stop work order was issued. He has assured us that there are no plans to relocate the RR at this time.

If they move the RR they will have to use eminent domain to get the right of way.

Debate what debate??? You never hear the cons about moving the railroad, thus my need to blog. When the study was under way they had several public meetings (required by law), they were held in areas that would not be effected by the RR relocation. Luckily a resident of Latimer just happened to attend the St. Martin meeting and let the rest of us know what was going on.

The engineers doing the study seemed genuinely surprised about the opposition. Seems the map they were using didn't show all the houses in the area they thought it was mostly forest land, so their cost projections are off. When they finally made it up to the Latimer Community Center, they were shocked at the number of houses they saw.