DESOTO COUNTY, Miss. — Right across from Sue Cox’s home, neighbors park their boat right in the front yard.
”Well, I think that it’s up to them, I don’t know. It doesn’t matter to me at all.”
But it matters very much to people who live a little closer together, who consider the vehicles and trailers visible in front or beside people’s homes blight.
One residential subdivision recently brought 22 complaints to DeSoto Supervisors.
”When you start putting all the RVs and the boats and the vehicles and parking off in the grass too, is a problem,” DeSoto Supervisor Harvey Lee said.
That’s why county leaders have begun to clarify their zoning rules to outlaw those things in front of, or beside people’s homes.
Supervisors stress they don’t want to become the boat police, but would like the unincorporated areas to look better.
”I’m not out there to police everybody. It’s not my job. I don’t want to tell people what they can do to their own place,” Lee said.
Supervisors have even discussed what constitutes a driveway, saying in neighborhoods, gravel won’t do. They have to be asphalt or concrete.
”It’s OK either way they want to do it, because I don’t have a boat,” said Cox.
The rules would only apply to unincorporated areas zoned for residential use, rural areas wouldn’t have to comply.