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Gautier council also considers asking CMT to film elsewhere

June 13, 2014

By Christina Steube, The Sun Herald

June 13--The city of Gautier could be the second on the Coast to ask CMT's "Party Down South" to film somewhere else.

The city council agenda for Tuesday includes a resolution similar to one Ocean Springs passed June 3.

City Manager Samantha Abell said producers of the show contacted the city asking basic preliminary questions, but have not yet made a decision. Ward 1 councilman Johnny Jones is introducing the resolution, which asks the show to reconsider their decision to film in Gautier.

The reality show is similar to "The Real World" and "Jersey Shore." Eight people live together in a house during the summer and the cameras capture all the drinking and drama.

The resolution states that while the city "treasures the Constitution and the principles of freedom that it espouses ... the representation of the City of Gautier in this program would be contrary to the image created by our 'Nature's Playground' slogan of social graces and scenic places ..."

The resolution passed in Ocean Springs was not without controversy. An overflow crowd packed City Hall the night the resolution was discussed. Some local businessmen and women, as well as at least one resident who works in the film industry expressed concern that the resolution sends the wrong message -- that the coastal city is not welcoming to that industry, they said.

The production company says it will pump about $2 million into the local economy during filming.

Neither resolution keeps the crew from filming in either city if businesses say they can use their facilities.


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