Hancock buys Legion property
By Dwayne Bremer
Jan 7, 2014, 17:32
The Hancock County Board of Supervisors last week finalized the purchase of property owned by American Legion Post 139 at Washington Street in Bay St. Louis.
The county purchased the property for $350,000 and the deal went into effect on Jan. 1, officials said Tuesday.
"This is a win-win for the tax payers and the Legion," Board of Supervisors Vice-President Steve Seymour said Tuesday. "Over the years, we have developed several amenities at Washington Street. Now, we can continue to use our grant money to maintain the property and add more amenities."
The county currently has a pavilion, a bathroom complex, a pier and boat launch at the Washington Street property.
In 2012, Legion officials said it was their desire to sell the property to the county instead of entering into another lease.
For the past 12 months, the county has paid the Legion $1,000 a month, while the details of the purchase were worked out.
The county requested appraisals of the property and the $350,000 price was a "fair market" offer, Seymour said. Seymour said the Washington Street area is a vital part of the county's Sand Beach Master Plan. The county receives Tidelands funds for beach-front improvements and maintenance.