Jackson County

Neighbors say their kid’s basketball goal is ugly. Will it stay or will it go?

Evan Boudreaux, 12, plays basketball Monday, Nov. 6, 2017 on a goal that has put he and his father, Dale, in a legal battle with their neighbors in the Bienville Place development in Ocean Springs.
Evan Boudreaux, 12, plays basketball Monday, Nov. 6, 2017 on a goal that has put he and his father, Dale, in a legal battle with their neighbors in the Bienville Place development in Ocean Springs. jcfitzhugh@sunherald.com

Dale Boudreaux will be at City Hall on Tuesday night.

He and his family got a ticket from the city for planting a basketball goal in the little strip of grass between the sidewalk and the street in front of their home. They are trying to fight the ticket and keep the goal.

The Boudreauxs live in Bienville Place, “A Covenant Community,” as its entrance sign announces.

But the covenants don’t cover basketball goals, so the homeowners association complained to the city, calling the goal aesthetically displeasing — ugly — and unsafe for children using the street as a court.

The basketball goal was a Christmas present for their 12-year-old son. It had been up for nine months.

It faces the street, for sure, but it is a dead end street, or cul-de-sac, that has a half-dozen homes on it. Neighbors spoke out for the Boudreauxs last month when they went before the Board of Aldermen asking that the city leaders reconsider.

The family was told then that aldermen don’t fix tickets. It’s a matter for city court, they said, and suggested the family get a “license to encroach” on city right of way with the goal.

Boudreaux picked up the application and aldermen will vote on Tuesday, whether to allow him the license.

Boudreaux said, with the license, they can return to court with ammunition to fight the ticket, in hopes the goal can stay.

Boudreaux said he’s talked with city officials who said, “It never should have gone this far.”

He said the mayor pulled him aside at City Hall once to tell him the basketball goal has mayoral support.

Boudreaux believes his alderman, Rob Blackman, will support him.

“I told my alderman, ‘I know you didn’t run for office to be taking down basketball goals,’” Boudreaux said. “I told him I have at least 60 pictures of goals all over this town. If mine goes, these need to go.”

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