Gautier approves MEMA cottages

By: GAUTIER, Miss. (AP)
By: GAUTIER, Miss. (AP)

Gautier leaders have approved the permanent placement of Hurricane Katrina cottages in properly zoned areas.

The city council acted Tuesday at the request of Mississippi Emergency Management Agency officials, who started distributing the cottages to displaced homeowners after Katrina. The cottages were issued to residents who had been living in FEMA trailers.

Meanwhile, there will be no cottages in Long Beach. Aldermen declined to take a vote on whether to make them permanent. The inaction means residents have until March 31 to move out.

Aldermen said MEMA had said the cottages were temporary and that's the way officials and residents wanted it.

In Ocean Springs, officials delayed action on an agreement that would've allowed the permanent placement of MEMA cottages in the city.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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