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Old 09-27-2010, 08:30 AM
 
Location: Mississippi
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My wife, her mother, and I made the trip from Senatobia to the gulf coast this weekend. It was our first visit since the hurricane, and it was a sad thing to see all of the old historic homes and buildings that made up the charm and character of the coast were destroyed.

What do the cities along the coast have planned for the vacant lots that were left? Will they be rezoned?
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Old 09-27-2010, 09:36 AM
 
Location: Mississippi
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I forgot to mention earlier that I didn't remember the island/islands right off the coast at Biloxi. Were they created by Katrina? It looked as if they were being built up or reshaped with equipment too.
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Old 09-29-2010, 02:55 PM
 
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I have heard that many of the buildings have not been rebuilt/restored because of the ludicrous building codes mandated by certain government officials who have little interest in helping people regain their previous livelihoods or homes, but would rather bring in casinos and high-end establishments to promote the Coast as an adult playground. I'm not talking about safety codes...much of them are purely aesthetic. I know several shopkeepers who have been forced inland because of the strict requirements (much of which has to do with making the area look like the French Quarter in NOLA...at least two stories high, wrought iron balconies, etc.) What few shops left that could be used for businesses that rented at $1000/month pre-Katrina, are going for $4000/month and those same shopkeepers cannot afford the rent. They have been forced to close shop or move to smaller locales, with less square footage but affordable rent just to stay in business. It's a travesty. There were already islands off the coast of Biloxi. Excursions to those islands were a part of the tourism trade pre-Katrina. Government wants big business here now...big casinos, big attractions, big bucks.
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Old 09-29-2010, 03:24 PM
 
Location: Mississippi
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I have heard that many of the buildings have not been rebuilt/restored because of the ludicrous building codes mandated by certain government officials who have little interest in helping people regain their previous livelihoods or homes, but would rather bring in casinos and high-end establishments to promote the Coast as an adult playground. I'm not talking about safety codes...much of them are purely aesthetic. I know several shopkeepers who have been forced inland because of the strict requirements (much of which has to do with making the area look like the French Quarter in NOLA...at least two stories high, wrought iron balconies, etc.) What few shops left that could be used for businesses that rented at $1000/month pre-Katrina, are going for $4000/month and those same shopkeepers cannot afford the rent. They have been forced to close shop or move to smaller locales, with less square footage but affordable rent just to stay in business. It's a travesty. There were already islands off the coast of Biloxi. Excursions to those islands were a part of the tourism trade pre-Katrina. Government wants big business here now...big casinos, big attractions, big bucks.
That's awful. Sounds like an opportunity for rich people to get richer.

I don't mean Ship or Cat Islands, rather the islands i'm referring to, and maybe island isn't an accurate description, are the small bodies of land just off the coast that you can see from the beach somewhere around the Beau Rivage I think. There were trees on them, and it looked like they were being built up by equipment.

These bodies of land may have been there all along, but I just don't remember them.
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Old 09-29-2010, 03:31 PM
 
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I haven't lived here very long, but I think they've always been here. They look almost war-torn now from being stripped by the hurricane. I bet you saw them before, but they looked totally different. There have been BP workers out there placing booms to soak up the oil from the spill. They may also be doing some rebuilding there. My husband and I went to the beach near the Beau Rivage when oil first started washing up and I burst into tears at what I saw. This area has seen more than its fair share of tragedy, devastation and loss.
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Old 09-30-2010, 10:19 AM
 
Location: Maryville, TN
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The small island, or pieces of island now, are known as Deer Island. When I was a youngster, some of the boys would swim across the channel to the island and back to prove how brave they were.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deer_Island_(Mississippi)

http://geology.deq.state.ms.us/coast...ology_Pres.pdf
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