Ken Murphy was prepared to give the mayor and City Council a piece of his mind — “in a nice way” — over the building department’s order that his family stop construction on Daniel B. Murphy’s Restaurant & Bar on the beach.
But Murphy didn’t have to go to the meeting at all Tuesday night.
Call it coincidence, or buy Murphy’s theory: “I’m going to say it was divine intervention.”
An investigator from the Attorney General’s Office was on the Coast for another case when he stopped by the construction site Tuesday morning to talk with Murphy about a complaint he filed.
The city’s building department shut down construction Sept. 9 on the elevated restaurant, then again Sept. 27 when the first problem was cleared up. Murphy felt like the stop-work orders were unwarranted. The city disagreed.
Murphy was working on a solution.
While he talked to the investigator, a letter of inspection popped into Murphy’s email inbox from the company that erected the restaurant’s prefabricated steel superstructure.
Murphy ran home to print out the letter.
The investigator’s next stop was City Hall. Murphy said the investigator and city officials spoke by conference call to a representative of Southeast Erectors, the company that sent the letter and put up the building for Gulf State Manufacturers.
Gulf State Manufacturers had sent its certification a week before.
Murphy, who was not in the meeting, said he thinks city leaders were satisfied when they understood the inspection and certification process.
“Nobody’s ever built a building like this on the waterfront in Bay St. Louis,” he said. “They have in Biloxi.”
The next step will be pouring concrete floors for the second and third stories.
Murphy believes he might meet that Dec. 1 deadline for opening after all, but it’s going to be tight.
“It worked out great,” Murphy said. “I’m happy. We’re on go.”