Update: Hewes desires competition for ambulance service

Gulfport Trouble is brewing between the Harrison County Board of Supervisors and the county’s largest city.

Gulfport Mayor Billy Hewes sent the board letter giving the county notice that it doesn’t intend to renew the agreement between the city and county for ambulance service unless the county opens it up to competition.

“While the city would prefer to continue as a party to the aforementioned Interlocal Cooperation Agreement, we believe it is in the best interest of the City of Gulfport not to do so in light of the fact that Requests for Proposals/Qualifications have not been pursued by the county prior the December 31, 2016, renewal date,” Hewes wrote.

The city said it would withdraw the notice if the county makes RFPs/RFQs by Aug. 15.