BILLY HEWES and A.J. HOLLOWAY: Gulfport and Biloxi do agree on annexation

July 8, 2014 

We were surprised to read the Associated Press story in the Sun Herald over the holiday weekend about Gulfport and Biloxi still battling over annexation, and we were even more surprised -- and dismayed -- to see an editorial in the Sunday edition, taking both Biloxi and Gulfport to task over the "continuing" battle of annexation.

Our surprise and dismay were founded in the fact that the mayors and city councils of Biloxi and Gulfport all unanimously came to agreement -- in April of this year -- that we would settle our differences over existing annexation cases and have no further annexation cases until at least June 2017, when the current terms of office expire.

In fact, a story by reporter Anita Lee in the Sun Herald on April 15 of this year detailed the agreement under the headline "Peace, Gulfport and Biloxi decide, beats annexation wars."

The settlement agreement is being processed through the cooperative efforts of both municipalities, including an "order of dismissal" to the Supreme Court.

One phone call to either city by either the writer of the story or the editorial board could have prevented this inaccurate information from being given to the public.

BILLY HEWES

Mayor of Gulfport

A.J. HOLLOWAY

Mayor of BiloxiEditor's Note: The request to the Mississippi Supreme Court to dismiss its annexation case was filed by the city of Gulfport on July 3, the same day the AP filed its story on the annexation case. The Supreme Court has not ruled on the case. Oral arguments are scheduled for July 22. The Sun Herald's fundamental editorial position remains that these annexation battles are a waste of tax dollars.

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