Gulfport councilman says port director should be fired

It's WLOX News Director Brad Kessie.

I just got off the phone with Gulfport Councilman R. Lee Flowers.  And the ward six representative didn't mince words.  When I asked him if Port Director Don Allee should step aside, Flowers said, "I would believe that would be a good thing.  It's time for new vision at the port."

Flowers is so upset with revelations this week about the scope of expansion plans at the Port of Gulfport, he sent a letter to Governor Phil Bryant.  "The executive leadership and management of the Mississippi State Port Authority at Gulfport has betrayed the trust of the citizens of Gulfport and the State of Mississippi by concealing the truth concerning the potential benefits of the port expansion from the public, elected officials, and port commissioners," Flowers wrote.

Click here and you can read the entire letter from Flowers to Mississippi's governor.

Before the letter was emailed to the media, WLOX News reporter Steve Phillips sat down with Don Allee.  They talked about the concerns in the community about whether the port of the future project will live up to its initial billing as a facility that will become one of the premier ports in America.  You'll see that story on WLOX News at 6:00.

Also at 6:00, we learn about a raid at Hancock County tobacco shops.  Thousands of packets of spice were recovered by the DEA in Hancock County.  Authorities tell us 27,000 packets were seized from four shops yesterday:  Kiln Tobacco, Bay Tobacco, Herbal Shop and the Rah Shop.  Michelle Lady is following that investigation and has newest information about what this raid may mean for you on WLOX ABC.

And football fans rejoice.  The Saints are back on the practice field.  Training camp opened at 4:00.  The first practice ends at 6:45.  If you flip over to our CBS channel at 6:30, you'll hear from Dave Schroeder who has the latest from Saints camp.

Have a great night.