by Calvin Ishee
The city of Pass Christian Mayor Leo “Chipper” McDermott shares his thoughts on the global pandemic of COVID-19 (coronavirus) and how it has impacted the community.
Mayor McDermott: “The biggest challenge has been this is an unprecedented event that is not made up of a defined boundary but a nation and worldwide problem that has shut down everything. With about 75 percent of retail sales in the Pass coming from out of town people, it has been catastrophic!”
Mayor McDermott: “I am proud of the fact that we have kept city business going in very unusual and unprecedented circumstances and our employees who have done this.”
GG: What if anything would you do different in handling this crisis?
Mayor McDermott: “There is nothing I know we could have done different as we are following the governor’s executive orders.”
GG: What message do you personally have as Mayor to the residents of Pass Christian?
Mayor McDermott: ”To our small businesses, which I always promote and patronize, I hope they have filed for the PPP money to help them in these difficult times, and that we all look forward to their reopening soon.”
GG: Has the City developed a plan for handling a resurgence or second round of COVID 19 in the fall/winter of 2020?
Mayor McDermott: ”Any plan involving any future virus related issue will involve following, as always the Governor and the CDC orders and directions.”
GG: Other Mayors have used their authority to end the curfew, why haven’t you exercised your authority to do the same?
Mayor McDermott: “No mayor has the authority to put on or take off a curfew without the BOA, the other cities did it that way too. We just didn’t call a special meeting and decided to wait for the May 5th meeting to do so.”