A party spot in a residential Ocean Springs neighborhood was much quieter this past weekend than normal now that the Jackson County Sheriff's Department has buckled down. South Pointe in the St. Andrews area has long been a spot for underage drinking and loud bonfire parties that have disrupted people that live in nearby homes. Recently, Interim Sheriff, Charles Britt, met with homeowners about their concerns for safety in their neighborhood. Last week, sheriff's deputies issued 29 tickets for everything from marijuana possession to trespassing. This weekend, however, the sheriff's department received no complaints and has encountered no partiers for the first time in years.
Britt says, “Well, it’s extremely pleasing to the neighborhood. For me, it’s another part of the job. They had a problem, they brought it to my attention, we investigated it, we addressed it. We haven’t had the chance to encounter the party crowd again since the last weekend we issued the citations, we haven’t had a large party like that.” The department hopes to continue the peace in the neighborhood now that there are more patrols in the area.