August 6, 2008

Hayes Bolton Has 30 Days to Rebuild Fence: City Would Like the Property

By Mary Perez, The Sun Herald, Biloxi, Miss.

Aug. 6--BILOXI -- Hayes Bolton has 29 more days to tear down his fence and replace it with one that will meet code or Judge Robin Midcalf will hold him in contempt of court and possibly send him to jail.

In December, Midcalf ordered Bolton to erect a privacy fence to shield the materials stored on his site from public view. He operates a jet ski and pawn business on property on U.S. 90, across from the Biloxi Lighthouse.

When the city complained the fence he built didn't meet code, Midcalf directed Bolton to meet with the city inspector within 14 days and make repairs. Bolton didn't meet that deadline and Midcalf gave him a final deadline of 30 days from Monday.

Community Development Director Jerry Creel said he sent a building inspector to check on the brick columns and said they nearly fell on him. "They are not anchored to anything," but are just towers of brick and mortar.

Bolton didn't speak at a hearing this week and his attorney, Betsy Walker, had no comment.

A deal for Bolton and his family to sell the land to a national drug store chain has fallen through. The city wants to buy the property that will be across the street from the Lighthouse Park and Visitors' Center, where construction is scheduled to begin early next year. Mayor A.J. Holloway said the city made an initial offer to Bolton, but he and Biloxi are millions of dollars apart on closing a deal.


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