Bay Council deals with business, critics
By Jennifer Lenain
Apr 9, 2013, 18:09
The Bay St. Louis City Council last week gave the greenlight to new commerce in the city, and dealt with a bit of criticism.
Ward Three will have two new businesses opening in the near future.
The council on Tuesday approved Williams Pit Barbeque's proposed take-out restaurant and catering and Dylan's Seafood at Kreeko Plaza.
Councilman-at-Large Bill Taylor made a motion to approve Phillip Williams' application for a special exception to the zoning ordinance to conduct a restaurant/catering business in an area zoned R-2 Family Residential located at 514 Old Spanish Trail.
The measure passed by a vote of 6 to 0. Councilman Jeffery Reed abstained.
The motion includes the stipulations that Williams' ownership is not transferable and that the business will be a take-out restaurant only, with no tables or eating on the premises.
The council also voted to approve Mein Tran's application for a special exception to the zoning ordinance to conduct a seafood retail market, Dylan's Seafood, in Kreeko Plaza, located at 501 Old Spanish Trail.
The motion, made by Councilman Bobby Compretta and seconded by Taylor, states that Tran must have the store's waste collected three times a week and kept inside until pick-up. The motion passed by a vote of 6 to 0, Councilman Joey Boudin abstained
During public forum, Ron Thorp, a member of the Alliance for Good Government, questioned the city council's priorities when making decisions.
"During the previous two council meetings I listened to hours of talk about a fish market in the Depot District and the resulting tax revenue from the business will only equal to about $3,237.52 a year," Thorp said.
"Now, when the Bay St. Louis-Waveland School District will spend $25 million this year, maybe two to three minutes were spent discussing the new school board appointment," he said.
Sam Moore, a resident of Garden Isles, also chastised the council, sharing his concerns regarding street-paving and lighting situation in the Wards 5 and 6, the so-called "annexed area."
"Tax payers are contributing and not getting any return," Moore said.
In other action:
Councilman Doug Seal made a motion to approve Danielle Nieves' application for a special exception to the zoning ordinance to operate an adult retail store, known as Eve's Apple Inc., at 210 Hwy. 90, Suite 1. The measure passed by a unanimous vote.
Compretta made a motion to appoint Ellis Anderson to the city's Historic Preservation Commission. The measure passed by a vote of 7 to 0.
The council approved the closure of the 200 block of Main St. on July 20 for Gospel and Art Palooza.
The event will be from 8 a.m. until 10 p.m. and will feature performances by gospel choirs and blues singers, Mayor Les Fillingame said.
All proceeds will benefit PNEUMA Winds of Hope and the Starfish Cafe.
The council approved a proclamation declaring April 21, 2013 as PowerTalk 21 Day. PowerTalk 21 Day was established on April 21, 2012 to encourage parents and caregivers to embrace their important roles in influencing America's youth and their decisions about drinking alcohol. MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving) will offer a free community workshop and provide handbooks to help parents effectively talk to their teens about alcohol.
"I urge all citizens to join in the local and national efforts to raise awareness of the importance of parents and teens talking together about alcohol in order to reduce the risks and dangers posed to teens and communities," Fillingame said.