Bolton Gets Another Thirty Days
In the long running dispute with the city of Biloxi, Hayes Bolton has been given another thirty day reprieve to install a proper fence to hide his jet ski dealership and pawn shop from the eyes of visitors to Biloxi’s lighthouse. If he doesn’t he will face contempt of court charges. What? Hasn’t that been threatened before? I’ve lost count of how many times he’s been given thirty days to comply, and yet he continues to flaunt the law, avoiding jail time and refusing to do as the judge reasonably asks.
To do a quick recap, the story began when Biloxi attempted to condemn his property to take control over it. I did not (and still don’t) believe in that type of proceeding, but when Bolton refused to put up a suitable fence, and overpriced his property, I began to think he’s suffering from Oppositional Defiance Disorder.
In the latest round of court proceedings, Judge Robin Midcalf has given him another thirty days to meet the guidelines for a fence, since the poor boy was unable to do so in the meantime. Bolton’s plans to sell the property to a national drug store chain have fallen through, so he’s once again responsible for fixing the fence that isn’t.
According to the story in the Sun Herald, 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.” Certainly not the historically accurate, or at least aesthetic fence the city wants him to put up.
Biloxi has supposedly made an offer to buy the property, but the amount is ridiculously low, according to Bolton and his attorney. Nevertheless, it will be interesting to see how this plays out in thirty days, and what Bolton’s latest excuse (if any) is for not complying with the judge’s order. I for one, would like to see him thrown in jail for contempt of court, as he’s been threatened to have done for so long now. Does Judge Midcalf not have the courage to do so? How many chances does a person get down in Mississippi? If your name is Hayes Bolton, apparently as many as you want.
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