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Jackson Co. holds public meeting on Corps “Buy-out Program”
From: Jackson County EOC Ken Flannigan   Filed 10/23/07 GCN

The Corps of Engineers proposed “Buy-out Program” will be the focus of Supervisor John McKay’s Town Hall meeting on Tuesday, October 30 at 6:30 p.m. at Ocean Springs Middle School.

The Corps is seeking public input about a proposed flood prevention plan which would buy hundreds of low-lying residential homes in the County’s flood plain with federal funding. The volunteer program would allow homeowners with frequent flooding to sell and relocate out of the flood plain.

“This is a great opportunity for Jackson County’s residents to learn about the Corps’ Buyout program in person. This meeting is open to all County residents and officials. We are going to have the people who can answer the important questions at this meeting,” McKay said.

Along with the Supervisors, representatives from the Corps of Engineers, Department of Marine Resources (DMR), and the County’s Planning Department will be attending the meeting. The Town Hall meeting will begin with a presentation by the Corps and DMR. The meeting will also include time for resident’s questions and answers.

“This program is more than just a Coast issue; it affects almost the entire County when you consider our bayous and rivers,” McKay said.

This is the third Town Hall meeting McKay has scheduled this year. If time allows, other topics will also be discussed such as new roads, bridge replacements, dredging and a possible utility district. For more information about the program, call 228-769-3378.

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