Less than two weeks ago, the Gulfport city council did the unthinkable. It voted to turn down a five hundred thousand dollar state Archives and History Department grant to rebuild Grass Lawn.
Hurricane Katrina destroyed the historic 1800's era, beach front home. Some city leaders want to create a replica of the house to use for city events and receptions.
What the council did was shortsighted and foolish. Some members said the money should be used for other priorities. But that's a misguided argument. The money that was offered for Grass Lawn was money that could only be used to rebuild the home.
It cannot be used for other so-called priorities. In fact, the State Department of Archives and History was willing to put up half a million dollars to see the project through. And in a stunning move, the council took a pass.
Since then, city hall has been deluged with e-mails and phone calls criticizing the vote. Now, the council has a chance to right a tremendous wrong. This Tuesday, council members will revisit the issue. We urge council members to do the right thing, and vote to rebuild Grass Lawn and rebuild a part of our past that Katrina ravaged.
That's our opinion, we would like to hear yours. Email your thoughts to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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