Benches Removed At Ocean Springs Bus Stop
City officials remove the benches at the Ocean Springs bus stop in an effort to detour loitering. This is temporary as the city waits on crews to install dividers on the benches. This will help prevent people from lying across them.
They will also be painted, as well as the overhang at the CTA bus stop on Washington Avenue.
Ocean Springs Alderman Chic Cody tells News 25 they plan to put up “No Loitering” signs at the bus stop.
Even though the removal of the benches is temporary , some residents feel there is a better way to deal with loitering in the city. Ocean Springs Resident Rickey Authement said, “We have our fresh market here every Saturday morning, people from the villa walk by here, now there’s nowhere to sit and I don’t believe removing the benches is the solution. Between the police department and our local government they can come and talk to these people and tell them they can’t be here and migrate somewhere else. Whether it’s in a more secluded area or whatever they need to do.”
Back in the summer the city changed the hours at Marshall Park , located right across the street from the bus stop. This was in an effort to remove homeless people from sleeping in the park.