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Harrison County Supervisors Take Action On Tourism Offices

GULFPORT (WLOX) -- Bill Holmes gave Harrison County supervisors four options for locating Tourism Commission offices at the Coliseum Convention Center site.

He appeared before the board Monday morning to discuss the status of building new tourism offices as part of the convention center expansion project.

The original plan was to build a second floor for the Tourism Commission offices. But that portion of plan was among more that $13 million that had to be cut from the project.

"The second floor, which was in the design, was $3,200,000. That was deleted out, along with another $10 million in the project," said Holmes.

He then told supervisors, it's all about the money, or rather finding the necessary funds to pay for tourism offices.

"The Tourism Commission should not be saddled with the responsibility to pay for the cost of completion of office space that was originally intended to be paid for in that bond issue," said Hugh Keating, an attorney for the Tourism Commission who also appeared before the Board of Supervisors.

Tourism Commission member Rip Daniels told supervisors, "I think the position of the tourism commission is to have some definite location, rather than options."

Several supervisors reminded the coliseum director that their support of the bond issue to fund the convention center expansion included the assurance and understanding that new tourism offices would be included in the project.

"It said it would include the Tourism Commission. I would think that all your cuts and everything that you had to make would have taken that into consideration, in my mind," said Board President William Martin.

Supervisors approved a motion to locate the tourism offices on that second floor, as originally planned.

"And that between now and January one of '09, you would report to this board regularly on where we are finding the money from," said Supervisor Kim Savant.

By Steve Phillips

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