MEMA says cottages to move out on time

Published 11:13 pm Thursday, January 1, 2009

tate officials say there’ll be no extension of the March 1 deadline to remove temporary cottages from the Gulf Coast.

Mike Womack, director of the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency, says there are 2,300 cottages occupied in Jackson, Harrison and Hancock counties.

Biloxi and Pass Christian will allow the cottages for permanent homes in single-family neighborhoods. All three counties and at least three other cities will allow the cottages to remain permanently in mobile home parks.

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Womack says families will not be allowed to keep a cottage on their property near the water.

The cottages located in areas subject to wave action during hurricanes will not be permitted permanently anywhere.

The cottages that do remain must be elevated to heights set in post-Katrina flood maps.