It's been just over a week since a concerned resident brought the condition of animals at the Beauvoir in Biloxi to the city's attention. The city determined that the animals were properly cared for.
For the last six months, neighbors of the Beauvoir have complained to the Biloxi City Council about their neighbor's animals. The city investigated the situation, and found there to be no wrong doing. Greg Stewart, the Interim Director of the Beauvoir, says, "We brought in a reasonable amount of animals, and they are playful, friendly, and we do take very good care of them. So, I think we've answered all the questions that anybody that had any questions might have had."
The only recommendation the city made in regards to the larger animals is that a more permanent structure be built to provide shade and shelter. Stewart says a new animal stable was part of the plan all along. Stewart also says, "We have some property right in the middle of the 52 acres, it's well drained, it's shielded on all sides from public view, but what we don't have are the resources readily available."
The new stable and the animals are all part of the plan for the Beauvoir as it sets its sights on becoming the premiere tourist attraction on the Gulf Coast. Historical areas such as Williamsburg and Mount Vernon have had success by creating a tourism attraction beyond the traditional historical.
The woman who initially complained to the city isn’t yet satisfied. She says future changes should be discussed with neighbors first. Anne Marie Gamache, a concerned resident, says, "There's just too many questions and I just feel that it would have been nice if, at least the neighbors were informed as to what they are doing and what their plans were."
As for the Beauvoir, they have already begun to see a change in visitors since bring the animals to the Coast. Stewart closes, "We've noticed that the children, instead of being dragged by their parents to see Beauvoir, now lead their parents out there."