Jackson County officials are in a quandary on whether they can clean up the beaches in their county. It stems from a suit by some landowners along the beach front where they claim the property in front of their homes is theirs and not part of the public tidelands.
Recently a Chancery Court judge ruled in favor of the landowners. The Secretary of State's office, which is over tidelands, says it plans to appeal. But in the meantime the beaches in Jackson County will not be cleaned by the county.
Supervisor John Mccay says if the county were to clean up the beaches and the ruling stands for the homeowners, then the supervisors could be held personally liable for the cost. Supervisors are also concerned if the beaches continue to erode they would not be able to replenish them.
In the meantime the Isaac damaged beaches in Jackson County languish. The State Supreme Court needs to make a speedy ruling on this case so whoever owns the beaches in Jackson County can clean them up.
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