Bay signs harbor lease with Secretary of State

BAY ST. LOUIS, MS (WLOX) - While Gulfport and Long Beach debate whether they need a harbor lease with the Secretary of State, Bay St. Louis leaders unanimously voted to sign their lease.

A statement from Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann says the tidelands lease agreement will allow the Bay to build a new harbor facility. "We appreciate the cooperation and effort Mayor (Les) Fillingame and the city council put forth in the signing of this lease and ensuring public access for all coast residents," Secretary Hosemann said in the news release. "The rebuilding effort of this community is inspirational for all Mississippians, and this is just one more positive step in the right direction."

The statement also included a quote from Mayor Fillingame. "The dream of building a new harbor in Bay St. Louis is a project our city has been dreaming about for quite some time," he said. "The signing of this lease takes this dream one step closer to reality."

Secretary Hosemann will appear this Saturday on WLOX News This Week to address why he's asking coastal cities to sign tidelands leases for their harbors. That interview will air at 6:00 p.m.

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