Judge rules Diamondhead can become a city

By Al Showers – bio | email

DIAMONDHEAD, MS (WLOX) - The Diamondhead community has taken a major step forward in becoming a city. The judge appointed to hear the case for incorporation has ruled that proponents supplied sufficient and reasonable evidence supporting their case for incorporation.

Judge Billy Bridges went on to say in his 39 page ruling that there were few valid arguments to support the position of the opponents.

Chuck Ingraham, Diamondhead's interim mayor, said Tuesday night that he's ready to move the community forward.

"We're extremely pleased that the judge has indicated that he supports our request for incorporation and we look forward to serving the citizens of Diamondhead," Ingraham said.

But opponents say the battle is far from over.

"I'm rather disappointed, obviously," incorporation opponent Tom Leader said. "I don't think he considered any of the information we presented the judge. There are some serious problems, I believe, with regards to the filing of the petition itself. Our POA actually misappropriated the funds to fund the city incorporation. They have no right to use my dues to pay for a city incorporation process."

Leader said opponents like himself plan to appeal the judge's ruling all the way to the state Supreme Court, if necessary.

Click here to read the complete ruling on the Diamondhead incorporation case.

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