City to hold meeting on homeless shelters

On Monday, Oct. 7 at 6 p.m., there will be an Ocean Shores City Council study session at the Convention Center, during which the planning commission will discuss its findings on the issue of zoning of homeless shelters in Ocean Shores. That meeting is open to the public.

The planning commission has been working on the issue since May, after a non-resident property owner filed a permit request to erect a structure that could include some homeless services, at the south end of the strip of hotels on Ocean Shores Boulevard. No applicable city codes currently exist and Mayor Crystal Dingler has asked the commission to look at the zoning aspects of the issue.

Also, the Conversations with Council Members meetings have not been cancelled. Open to the public, these meetings have been changed to a new time and place. They are not official city meetings and because some council members are running for office, the city cannot announce them at council meetings or on the city website.

The new date will be the second Thursday of the month. The next session is Oct. 10 at 4 p.m. in the newly expanded conference room of the Ocean Shores Public Library. The three council members at the Oct. 10 meeting will be Susan Conniry, Steve Ensley and Jon Martin.