- Associated Press - Friday, July 18, 2014

OCEAN SPRINGS, Miss. (AP) - Ocean Springs Mayor Connie Moran is apologizing for violation her city’s Historic Preservation Ordinance.

“If anybody should’ve known better, it should’ve been me,” the mayor said Thursday in a post on her Facebook page.

A diamond-shaped sliver of concrete that cost about $230 was added to allow two vehicles to park side-by-side at Moran’s house.

Her house is in the Historic Preservation District and a 2012 ordinance requires a permit for structural changes over $100.

“I am well aware of the historical preservation commission requirements for changes to the house and have been through that process, but let me apologize to the HPC and to all citizens for my mistake regarding the slight driveway functional improvement,” she said.

Moran has since applied for a permit, paying double the $25 fee.

Moran said the work was necessitated by her pending nuptials in October. The old driveway couldn’t accommodate two vehicles.

Moran said her situation should be a reminder to everyone that structural, mechanical and electrical changes require a permit from the Building Office.

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