Since 2001, the Kolloff family has been living off 22nd Street in Gulfport. The huge ditch in front of their home makes them feel like they’re living next to a mosquito breeding ground.
“We’ve been trying to get a culvert put in this ditch for almost 20 years now.” For Retired Air Force Veteran Bruce Kolloff this is a battle he’s done fighting with the city. He is giving up. “Having trying to get something done for the past 20 years, I’m pretty much giving up and I’m not one to give up usually.”
The ditch is the ideal breeding ground for mosquitoes. “The mosquito problem during the summer is unbearable. You can’t sit out much.”
According to seven-year-old Mason Wheeler, a neighbor of the Kolloff family, this ditch is home to quarter-sized mosquitoes. “I don’t really know why it’s there. I’ve almost fallen in it a couple of times.”
For Gulfport resident David Holliman, between the depth, flooding, and mosquitoes, the ditch is causing a major hardship in the community and he says it needs to be fixed. “It’s just way too much for a community. It’s the city’s responsibility. Yet, they’re trying to make the community take care of it and it’s not their responsibility.”
News 25 reached out to the City of Gulfport and the Public Works Department. We are still waiting on a response.