Long Beach takes up debate over long term leases

Long Beach takes up debate over long term leases

LONG BEACH, MS (WLOX) - The city of Long Beach is fighting a recent Mississippi Supreme Court ruling that says cities can no longer enter into long term lease agreements with tenants.

Tuesday night, the city's Board of Aldermen passed a resolution that would allow them to continue issuing long term leases.

The Supreme Court ruling was to protect new city leaders from inheriting lease agreements made by old city leaders.

Long Beach Mayor Billy Skelly said this mainly affects his city, because the Long Beach Harbor is on a long term lease of more than 25 years, and the yacht club is on a 99 year lease.

Skelly believes tenants won't want to sign leases if it's only for a few years.

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