Continuing Work to Remove Katrina Slabs
A month has passed since Gulfport city officials took initial steps to making slabs left over from Hurricane Katrina a thing of the past. They say the process is going well.
In July, the city began sending out letters asking property owners who still have concrete slabs originally built before Katrina remaining on their property to remove them.
Officials say property owners have been very responsive and most of them have taken steps toward cleaning up their properties since the letters were sent out.
Head of Urban Development for the city of Gulfport Greg Pietrangelo said, “It’s been wonderful, the response. They’ve come in, they’re willing to help, and they’re just putting their game plan together to get the slabs removed. We didn’t want to be at odds with our citizens. We wanted them to understand what we’re trying to do and that’s put Katrina behind us after ten years.”
Now, while many people are being cooperative, if a property does not remove the slab within the designated time, they will be called to a hearing in front of the City Council.
If the owner fails to appear the city will eventually go in and remove the slabs.