Biloxi City Council took action Thursday on a complaint made by a resident. The homeowner claims animals on the Beauvoir property are a nuisance and need to be removed. Last Tuesday, Anne Marie Gamache spoke to the Biloxi City Council about her concern for the animals being kept on the Beauvoir property.
Thursday, the city took action. Jerry Creel, Community Development Director for Biloxi, says, "The property is zoned commercial business, which is our entertainment district, so it would seem to fall into an area of entertainment for what's being provided there."
To stay within city code, the Beauvoir would have to meet these three conditions: keep the animals 150 feet from a property line, have the animals properly cared for, and ensure they are not a public nuisance. Creel also says, "I've had an inspector go out there and investigate. He says that they are well kept, they are being well fed, they have plenty of water, and they are being kept 150 feet away from a property line. So, my opinion is that it is allowed."
The City of Biloxi looked into the matter and determined that the animals behind the fence could stay as long as they don't become a public nuisance, but what does the original concerned citizen feel about this resolution? Gamache says, "It's not really a resolution I guess. I mean, they can say that they are cared for, but without shelter, without a place for them to hide, I'm concerned. I mean, what if a hurricane comes in? Are they going to round up these animals? Are they just going to leave them there?"
The administrator of Beauvoir, Greg Stewart, has not been available for on camera comment, but will be back in Biloxi next week. Creel recommends building a shelter for the animals. Creel closes, "I would think that the administrator and I could have a conversation, not as, we're making you do this, but we would hope that you would consider doing this, and certainly we would be willing to work with them."
Gamache still feels that the animals are a public nuisance, and will continue to seek a mutual resolution.