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SUN HERALD | Editorial: Jackson County Supervisor Barry Cumbest shouldn't vote for Lake George

TIM ISBELL/SUN HERALD/2003The Pascagoula River is a treasure we'd like to protect.
TIM ISBELL/SUN HERALD/2003The Pascagoula River is a treasure we'd like to protect.

Jackson County Board of Supervisors President Barry Cumbest and his family own 240 acres that could become part of the Lake George twin lakes.

Cumbest, who already has been to Washington trying to get funding for the $80 million project in George County and his home district in Jackson County, apparently doesn't see what a huge conflict of interest it is for him to support the project.

He said he doesn't know what he'll do with that conflict "down the road."

"It's just kind of come up on me," he said. "I didn't pay any attention to it."

We'll help him out. If anything dealing with the project comes before the Board of Supervisors, he shouldn't take part in any discussion, he shouldn't express any opinion and he certainly certain shouldn't vote on those matters. And he shouldn't be going to Washington or anywhere else to pitch a project that so obviously would benefit him personally.

If some of those 200 acres he and his family owns that are undeveloped and not on a road should wind up being lakefront lots, the value of that land would increase dramatically.

There are many questions about that project that haven't been answered -- such as its effect on the Pascagoula River -- but the answer to Cumbest's dilemma is clear.

Just don't.

This editorial represents the views of the Sun Herald editorial board. Opinions expressed by columnists, cartoonists and letter writers are their own.

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