If successful, a second lawsuit filed recently could prevent the state from leasing portions of valuable beach-front lands to the City of Bay St. Louis in connection with a $17 million, tax-funded municipal marina and waterfront improvements project.
The latest suit, entered on behalf of Scott M. Favre Public Adjuster LLC, of Kiln, was filed by attorney Robert Wiygul Sept. 14 in Hancock County Chancery Court. It names Mississippi Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann as defendant.
A previous lawsuit was filed last July over the same issue against both Hosemann and the City of Bay St. Louis by the Murphy family, owners of a piece of land near the Favre property, located at Beach Boulevard and Main Street.
A civil lawsuit is an allegation made by one side in a dispute. Hosemann’s office will be required to file an official answer to the complaint.
The properties involve land the city wants to use for its proposed luxury marina. Claiming that at least portions of the land are included in public trust tidelands, the secretary of state had agreed to lease property to the city for marina or other waterfront improvements uses.
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