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Litter: bad impression, lost opportunities

BAY ST. LOUIS — A tour of Hancock County by a prominent German industrialist ended abruptly recently when the German was turned off by the amount of trash on the side of the road at the junction of Mississippi 603 and U.S. 90.

Hal Walters, executive director of the Hancock County Port and Harbor Commission, was taking the industrial prospect to look at sites at Port Bienville Industrial Park in Pearlington. But after spying trash on the side of the road, the tour came to an abrupt end without even visiting the sites.

Walters said the German said the trash reflected a lack of pride in the community, and that he couldn’t expect his employees to live in such a community. Instead of spending a few days in Hancock County as planned, the German asked to be taken back to the airport so he could continue looking elsewhere for a site for his multi-million-dollar project.

“We must do something about litter,” Walters said.

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