Biloxi puts off decision on MEMA cottages

Published 5:37 pm Friday, July 25, 2008

A Biloxi City Council decision on whether to permit Mississippi Emergency Management Agency cottages to become permanent fixtures in parts of the city is at least two weeks away.

The council was to vote on the issue Tuesday but members decided more study is needed.

Mary Rose Leahy urged the council to come to an agreement that would ensure those who really needed the cottages will have them. The 71-year-old Leahey wants to make her MEMA cottage her permanent home.

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Councilman Bill Stallworth said there are 88 Biloxi homeowners living in the cottages. He hopes council members give those residents the option to make them their permanent homestead.

The cottages are designed to move families displaced by Hurricane Katrina from trailers into more substantial housing.