- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 8, 2015

GULFPORT, Miss. (AP) - The city of Gulfport is taking steps to require residents and businesses to remove slabs or pilings Hurricane Katrina left behind.

The Sun Herald reports (https://bit.ly/1D0dEoa) the city council voted Tuesday to require that the foundations must be removed if they supported buildings constructed before the hurricane hit Aug. 29, 2005. Because the vote was unanimous, the ordinance goes into effect immediately.

A city survey showed about 300 slabs remain in Gulfport. Biloxi ordered slabs removed in that city back in 2007. Jackson County is considering similar action on about 200 slabs.

Gulfport’s ordinance does not apply to driveways, patios, retaining walls and sidewalks.

The city would notify an offending property owner by registered mail two weeks before scheduling a hearing on whether the property should be declared a nuisance.

If the property is declared a nuisance, the owner then has 30 days to remove the slab. Failure to do so could result in misdemeanor charges for each day the violation continues. The city could remove slabs and charge property owners for the work once they are convicted of violating the ordinance.


Information from: The Sun Herald, https://www.sunherald.com

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