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Supers, Legion find mutual ‘comfort’
By Dwayne Bremer
Apr 2, 2013, 16:48

The Hancock County Board of Supervisors and American Legion Post 139 have struck a deal related to the new comfort station at the foot of the Washington Street Pier.
Board of Supervisors President Lisa Cowand announced Monday that the board and the legion have agreed to a 12-month rental lease in which the county will pay the American Legion $1,000 per month.
Meanwhile, supervisors will obtain an appraisal of the property and make an effort to buy the property in the next few months, Cowand said.
"We are happy to get things ironed out with the legion," Cowand said Tuesday. "We are excited about this project and it will be an enhancement to our beach-front."
The property located on both sides of the Washington Street pier is owned by the legion.
The county has a lease on the property.
Last month, legion officials asked the county to purchase the property. American Legion officials also claimed the county's lease was expired, however, research of the lease shows it does not expire until 2015, officials said.
With the new deal, the county now has the American Legion's blessing for the project; however, a lawsuit by a group of local residents may still hinder construction.
Last week, 22 residents who live near Washington Street filed a lawsuit in Hancock County Chancery Court trying to stop the comfort station.
The litigants include Richard Aniskvich, Steven Bohlin, James and Virginia Fissier Brooks, David and Sandra Clifford, Chris Cochran, Florence and Tom Fletterer, Charles Gray, George Israel, Kevin Jordan, Mark Lescle, Joe and Kathleen Monti, Lisa Monti, Rachel O'Keeffe, Al Palumbo, Joann Popplewell, David Reynolds, John Schaff, and Allison Steiner.
The residents say the bathrooms will obstruct views, be a general nuisance, and that the county is violating zoning laws.
Hancock County Attorney Ronnie Artigues said Tuesday that the county feels it has the right to build the comfort station and will defend itself against the lawsuit.


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