Harrison County

Gulfport wants to lease library building from county

Gulfport leaders want to lease the library building from the county until the county could give the property to the city.

Mayor George Schloegel told the Harrison County Board of Supervisors this morning that he doesn't know specifically how the building would be used, but city officials want to tie it in with the improvements to Jones Park.

"We're asking that when you can, transfer the property back to the city as is and let it be the city's problem and not the county's problem," Schloegel said.

Supervisors this morning unanimously accepted a proposal from the city of Gulfport to preserve the library building on the beach; however most were adamant that they aren't willing to spend any money on the building.

The proposal will be sent to FEMA for approval. FEMA has provided $200,000 to demolish the building but the deadline to accept the money is Wednesday.

The county has asked for an extension until the end of the year.

For more on this story see Tuesday's editions of the Sun Herald.