PASCAGOULA -- One boat per home, and it has to be stored on the side of the house or in the backyard.
That's what the Jackson County Board of Supervisors approved Monday when supervisors gave a blanket OK to the county Planning Commission's recommendations on zoning laws.
"Yes," Board President Barry Cumbest said, after checking with the county attorney, "one boat, but we may have to revisit that."
The item wasn't in the Board of Supervisors packet, he said, and it was not discussed in an open meeting.
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Cumbest said they took up the issue because Supervisor John McKay was having a problem in his district and wanted to limit the number of boats in a yard.
McKay said that is correct, but he was under the impression that the county would allow three boats, and even a fourth if the homeowner applies for a permit. McKay said three is reasonable, allowing for a large boat, a kayak and a skiff, for example. He said that if they voted otherwise, it can be changed.
The vote on Monday changes the law to restrict the number of boats a person can have in residential areas outside the cities. The one boat cannot be stored in the front yard.
This doesn't apply to agricultural zones in the county -- any property that's A-1 or A-2 -- where people are permitted to store boats on vacant property. But it applies to all four residential zones -- property that is R-1, R-2, R-3 or R-4 -- like subdivisions.
There are large residential areas in south Jackson County with St. Andrews, Gulf Park Estates and Ocean Beach Estates and in St. Martin, where there's Gulf Hills, Porteaux Bay, Windsor Park and Windsor Port. There is very little residential zoning in Vancleave or East Central, county planners said. And since city zoning trumps county, no one in the cities is subject to the law.