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Gautier's is 2nd council to consider asking CMT to film elsewhere

June 14, 2014

By Christina Steube, The Sun Herald

June 14--Gautier could be the second Coast city to ask CMT's "Party Down South" to film elsewhere.

The City Council agenda for Tuesday has a resolution similar to one Ocean Springs passed June 3.

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

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

Jones said he researched the show, and found articles written in towns where the first two seasons were filmed.

"I really did not believe what I saw," he said.

He said the city's the core values would not mesh well with the content. "We want them (producers) to understand how the council as a whole feels."

The resolution states although 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 Ocean Springs resolution was not without controversy. An overflow crowd packed City Hall when it was discussed. Some area businesses, as well as at least one resident who works in the film industry, expressed concern the resolution sends the wrong message -- that the coastal city is not welcoming to that industry, they said.

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


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