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Mayor wants development along parkway

PETAL — Petal Mayor Hal Marx has asked local planners to rescind rules that prohibit development along a portion of the Evelyn Gandy Parkway.

Specifically, Marx has asked the Petal Planning Commission to allow development on the portion of the parkway inside the city limits.

The parkway, named for the late lieutenant governor, connects Interstate 59 and U.S. Highway 11.

Marx says the parkway is not a scenic drive and should be open to development. Otherwise, he says, business will go elsewhere.

The previous city administration encouraged pedestrian-oriented focus for a western part of the parkway. Developments could not be built within 130 feet from the center of the road on either side.

Special use permits could be given to hotels or motels.

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