Bringing resort status to the reservoir in Rankin county is a top priority for the Reservoir foundation. They're gaining support to push their initiative through collecting signatures.
"We see this as the logical route to improving our lifestyle." says reservoir board member, Bobby Cleveland.
Foundation members are collecting signatures of registered voters in Rankin county who live on Pearl River Valley water district leased land in order to petition for a vote to qualify for resort status on the Rankin county side of the reservoir.
"We realize we have to allow restaurants to have alcohol by the glass or wine or they're not going to invest in our property." says Cleveland
Residents drove through Lakeshore park in Brandon to sign the petition.
"It's a long time coming, it should've been here a long time ago." says Jeff Harrison
"A lot of people have tried, they just couldn't get the people to back them, the system and getting it done. I know there's been a lot of people working on it. I just think it's a great thing for the area." adds Johnny Thrasher
The foundation is hoping to collect around two thousand signatures.
Once enough signatures are collected, the Rankin County Board of Supervisors will authorize a referendum to vote on the petition.