- Associated Press - Friday, October 17, 2014

KILN, Miss. (AP) - Mississippi Supreme Court has upheld a state judge’s decision that all of Nicola Road in Hancock County is a public thoroughfare.

The Supreme Court’s decision means Jourdan River Estates LLC can begin the development of 472-unit condo and yacht club development on the Jourdan River.

Jourdan River Estates LLC owns 269 acres of land in Kiln.

In 2008, the group submitted plans to construct 472 condos, a 130-slip yacht club/marina, and other amenities at the end of Nicola Road.

Officials say the yacht club will need a three-to-five acre basin to operate.

The board of supervisors approved the plans in August 2008. Several Nicola Road residents - including Scott Favre and Jefferson Parker - appealed the board’s decision.

In 2011, the Mississippi Supreme Court ruled in the company’s favor, however, Favre and Parker filed another objection, this time regarding whether Nicola Road was a public or private road.

Jourdan River Estates’ property is only accessible through Nicola Road and opponents had argued that part of the road was privately owned.

In May 2013, Chancery Judge Jennifer Schloegel ruled in favor of the company, stating that the road was public.

Favre and Parker once again appealed to the state Supreme Court, which upheld Schloegel’s verdict on Oct. 9.

County Attorney Gary Yarborough said the company can resubmit its application for its project, if it chooses. He said the application would have to go through all standard planning and zoning procedures.

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