Hancock gets appraisal for Legion beach property
By Dwayne Bremer
May 8, 2013, 02:30
The Hancock County Board of Supervisors has received an appraisal for a strip of property near Washington Street where it is currently constructing a controversial bathroom station.
Hancock County Tax Assessor/Collector Jimmie Ladner told the board Monday that an appraisal of $146,000 was recently received from Barbara and Mann Appraisers on the property.
Armed with the appraisal, supervisors will now begin negotiating with the property owner, American Legion Post 139, to purchase the property, officials said. In February, 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.
Last month, supervisors agreed to pay $1,000 per month in rent until a deal to purchase the property could be completed.
The property is located on the northwest side of the Washington Street pier.
The county already as a pavilion located on the property and is now constructing a two-story bathroom facility.
The bathroom facility raised the ire of several local residents who filed an injunction action in Hancock County Chancery Court in March.
County Atorney Ronnie Artigues said a hearing will be held on the injunction in June, with a trial date set for June 25.
Artigues said the county maintains it has a right to build on the property.