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District 5 Supervisor Paul Griffin said following a meeting with area residents Monday night he would change his vote on the proposed liquor store.

Last week, supervisors voted 3-2 to approve an application for resort status to Brandon Stores LLC of Brandon to locate a liquor store next to a convenience store at 690 Yandell Road at the intersection of North Old Canton Road.

Griffin was joined by District 2 Supervisor Gerald Steen and District 4 Supervisor David Bishop in support of the resort status.

Last Tuesday, Bishop said he would reconsider his vote if more homeowners opposed the decision.

In Mississippi, for liquor stores to be built in unincorporated areas, they are required to have resort status.

Griffin said he was reconsidering his vote because he thinks the county failed to have a policy in place to notify communities of such requests.

He said he first heard about it days before it was scheduled to be voted on.

Opponents say they found out about it the Friday before the April 3 meeting.

“With that and those reasons I said hey I’ll reconsider and push the board to put in a policy whenever another resort status comes up for the community to have an opportunity to express themselves,” Griffin said.

“These communities did not have that opportunity.” Griffin said the meeting was very confrontational but that’s because people kept showing up late after he already told them he planned to change his vote.

He also took objection to comments from people in the southern half of his district that say they feel abandoned.

“We got $600,000 proposed to do in Harvey Crossing,” Griffin said Wednesday morning in reference to road resurfacing projects.