It’s a race Dombrowski hadn’t plan to run. He entered on the qualifying deadline – March 1 – after what he says was a particularly frustrating encounter with Hosemann over who owns Mississippi’s harbors.
Dombrowski and some other coastal officials claim the municipalities own the waters and cite a 1935 law as proof. Hosemann said the state does – and more specifically, the secretary of state has jurisdiction – and cites a 1989 law as proof. Several cities already have signed leases with his office, but Gulfport balked.