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Library May Come Down After All

GULFPORT (WLOX) -- The Gulfport City Council will not ask the Harrison County Board of Supervisors to reconsider its decision to tear down the library. That vote came Tuesday night after Councilwoman Barbara Nalley made a motion for members to reconsider.

"Whether the building property stays or goes, I am 100 percent in favor of it serving the purpose that it was intended and that's to serve the citizens of Gulfport in some capacity," Nalley said.

When it came to vote, the decision was clear. Four of the seven council members want the Board of Supervisors to continue with its plans.

"We do not have the funds to maintain the building," said Councilwoman Libby Roland.

She says maintaining the site is not in the city's budget. But apparently the fight to save the library still isn't over.

"This is my first time having to do with anything with the government body and I am so disappointed in this whole process," said Debra Peterson.

She is just one of the people trying to save the downtown library.

"I just want them to please go back and get the facts and then make the decision," she said.

Peterson believes the council made a bad decision when it sold the land to the county last December. That's why she will continue her fight to rebuild the downtown library, no matter how long it takes.  

Supporters of the downtown library will have a public meeting Wednesday night at the First Methodist Church in downtown Gulfport. That meeting will start at 5:30pm.

by Elise Roberts

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