Bay St. Louis allows cottages, reverses earlier decision

The Bay St. Louis City Council is changing its mind and will allow a small number of FEMA trailers to be replaced by larger Katrina cottages.

On Tuesday, council members reversed an earlier decision by a four to one vote.

The council approved participation in a Mississippi Emergency Management Agency program that will replace a still-unknown number of FEMA trailers with the larger, temporary Mississippi cottages.

The cottages, built to withstand winds of 150 miles per hour, can now be placed until March 2009 in all areas of the city except those in the volatile "velocity" flood zone.

The velocity zone covers the city's most low-lying areas that are subject to the highest winds and breaking waves in hurricanes.

The council had previously voted to allow cottages only in areas zoned as commercial trailer parks.