THE PUBLIC SERVANT
Now that Dobson has been elected and will begin serving after the 4th of July holiday, he is excited to help foster business growth in Ocean Springs.
“I really want to make sure we’re not overbearing potential small businesses with regulations and red tape,” he said. “I want to make sure entrepreneurs are spending less time jumping through hoops and more time creating jobs. Those regulations only hurt small businesses, because bigger corporations have the time and money to jump through those hoops. I’m willing to listen to companies that want to come and build here in Ocean Springs. When you have your big chain stores like Wal-Mart, there is an opportunity for smaller business to build around it. I also want to build up east Ocean Springs more, and give people to take the 57 exit from I-10. Right now, people mainly take the Washington Avenue exit, and I want to change that.”
Dobson also understands the unique opportunity presented to Jackson County with all four municipalities electing new mayors in this past election.
“We have discussed having a meeting once a month to keep each other informed and share best practices to help promote and grow our respective municipalities,” he explained. “We want to work together to make Jackson County a great place. However, my loyalty and interest is always what is best for Ocean Springs. I like to think it as I’m not necessarily trying to get the city a bigger piece of the pie, but that I’m trying to grow the pie.”
With all of his hopes and visions for Ocean Springs, Dobson understands not all residents will be as receptive to so much change.
“I understand people could be very nervous about all the change,” he said. “People are afraid I will uproot and compromise the identity of Ocean Springs, but that is not my intent. I don’t want to compromise who we are, but I also want to make sure we aren’t stagnant. I want to take our identity and move it into the future. I don’t want to see the Gulf Coast grow around us and not reap any of the benefits. In the end, it’s all a balancing act.”