Letters to the Editor

Long Beach residents deserve a say

The residents of Long Beach were not informed and had no voice in the important decision to sell the Long Beach Yacht Club for a casino.

Long Beach rejected casinos three times and only narrowly approved such development on the empty lot north of U.S. 90 after Katrina when most beachfront ward residents were absent.

There are many great members in the LBYC, including very nice folks and fellow residents. However, three dozen members present voted to sell an 18-month option for $0 to a priceless community resource and part of our history based on the promise of enough money to build a new Yacht Club on dry land.

Most members had no idea what was happening until a few days before the vote. To make matters worse, $0 was offered for the value of our waterfront property. We signed on to move our Yacht Club onto dry land with no access to the water and into the same building footprint for no net gain.

Residents insisted that the previous vote exclude the harbor. It is too small for a 12-story casino and public use, including the boat ramp, fishing pier, boat slips, event parking, trailer parking, etc. The public will definitely be pushed out. There is no way around it.

Our tiny municipal harbor is the only place Long Beach residents have on the water besides empty beach. Residents must let their views be known to those who will approve or deny this development.

Please write or call Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann and the Mississippi Gaming Commission with your concerns.

Richard Burton

Long Beach