State acquires 2,500 acres of property in Hancock
By Dwayne Bremer
Oct 30, 2013, 12:01
Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann
The state of Mississippi on Wednesday acquired nearly 2,500 acres of land in southwest Hancock County, which was formerly known as the Baldwin property.
Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann announced the purchase Wednesday at a press conference in Gulfport.
"This is very exciting news for the Mississippi Gulf Coast," Hosemann said. "We are committed to preserving the culture and environment of the Coast."
Hosemann said the property will be available for public use for fishing and recreation use, but the biggest advantage of obtaining it will be preserving the area's natural environment and protecting the wetlands.
The Baldwin property is located near Mullato Bayou in Pearlington.
It was owned by the Baldwin family for more than a century.
Hosemann said there were 18 heirs to the property and his office has been working on acquiring the land for more than five years.
He said all 18 heirs agreed to sell the property for a total of $1.167 million.
The state will use funding from two federal grants to purchase the property.
Read more about this story in Saturday's Sea Coast Echo.