Who owns East Beach in Ocean Springs?

Who owns East Beach in Ocean Springs?

There are 34 comments on the The South Mississippi Sun Herald story from Apr 29, 2010, titled Who owns East Beach in Ocean Springs?. In it, The South Mississippi Sun Herald reports that:

Decades ago, it took a federal judge to finally confirm that the sand beach in Harrison County was public property.

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Watchful Eye

Marshall, VA

#1 Apr 29, 2010
That would be not only detrimental to the majority of the citizens in Ocean Springs, but it also opens up issues for future waterfront development along the Gulf Coast

Read more: http://www.sunherald.com/2010/04/28/2137748/w...

WOW please tell me how a public sidewalk for residents will affect future development along the gulfcoast. Does Connie have bigger plans for east beach? Or is she stating that this sidewalk will affect the developments she plans on allowing on front beach? I think she was probably trying to appeal to the community through a comment of economic disruption. However, I believe our community would like our beaches to reamain before the city has another business for their tax base. Kinda left the door open on that one. just my .02
John Marshall

Eagle, ID

#2 Apr 29, 2010
Watchful Eye wrote:
That would be not only detrimental to the majority of the citizens in Ocean Springs, but it also opens up issues for future waterfront development along the Gulf Coast
Read more: http://www.sunherald.com/2010/04/28/2137748/w...
WOW please tell me how a public sidewalk for residents will affect future development along the gulfcoast. Does Connie have bigger plans for east beach? Or is she stating that this sidewalk will affect the developments she plans on allowing on front beach? I think she was probably trying to appeal to the community through a comment of economic disruption. However, I believe our community would like our beaches to reamain before the city has another business for their tax base. Kinda left the door open on that one. just my .02
The Secretary of State has abused the coast with his misuse of authority in this area -- not just the present Sec of State but his predecessors. At least the lawsuit has put and end to that.
Redfish

Boise, ID

#3 May 2, 2010
I agree. I went down the beaches yesterday to see the booms, Front Beach looked awful. Sand on the sidewalk, RED DIRT replacing the sand on the toxic pond areas, more machines, and trash, and nowhere to park, people squeezed on the road.

Then, I went down East Beach. Used to be, Front Beach was bigger than East Beach. Now, East Beach was calm and wide, people were walking their dogs and swimming in the water. The sand was not red dirt, and the high tide was receding without any damage. It was so much more peaceful and better looking. Thanks to those people who preserved that beach for us, we love you for it.
Harbor Hermit

Eagle, ID

#4 May 2, 2010
If you're gonna own it, you've got to be responsible for it, right?

So, if the oil washes up on East Beach, and the homeowners along there are required to clean up that hazardous situation (and seek reimbursement from BP or who ever through their own civil suits or whatever)-

DO YOU THINK THEY STILL WANT TO OWN THAT BEACH? or would they be happy to have the city/county control it now?
Watchful Eye

Marshall, VA

#5 May 3, 2010
^well since they allow the public to use their beach i would imagine that using tax payer dollars to clean it up would be justified. i mean afterall isnt the government funding the cleanup anyways.
Truthyness

Boise, ID

#6 May 3, 2010
As usual, Watchful is right. They would bill all the expenses to the Superfund, that's what it's for.
Truthyness

Boise, ID

#7 May 3, 2010
Had to go and get the link, to volunteer, go here:

http://www.oilspillvolunteers.com/index.php

A local dude named Don Abrams created this site. It's been very helpful, I signed up. Thanks, Don!
Hints from Heloise

Ocean Springs, MS

#8 May 3, 2010
Truthyness wrote:
Had to go and get the link, to volunteer, go here:
http://www.oilspillvolunteers.com/index.php
A local dude named Don Abrams created this site. It's been very helpful, I signed up. Thanks, Don!
And a local chic by the name of Melanie Allen is spearheading the operation, THANKS MELANIE!!
Orville

Eagle, ID

#9 May 3, 2010
Truthyness wrote:
As usual, Watchful is right. They would bill all the expenses to the Superfund, that's what it's for.
No that is not what Superfund is for nor was it ever intended for this type operation. No the expenses should not be taken from Superfund or any other government funds. They should come completely from BP, Haliburton and others associated with this mess, they are the ones at fault and they are the ones that will pay. Now the fact that these companies all own a couple of Senators and a handful of representatives on key committees (especially those related to taxation)they will probably get some backroom deal whereby they get a tax write-off for the full amount and we the taxpaying (those of us that pay tax)public will be footing the bill,is another story.
Watchful Eye

Marshall, VA

#10 May 3, 2010
^just comes down to how it is worded. Big difference between IS and WILL.

IS BP currently paying for the cleanup? NO

WILL BP pay for the government funded cleanup? Possibly, atleast thats what the president says.

kinda reminds me of another situation. One where the president stated that Mortgage Lenders and Bankers WILL be held accountable for their actions. In turn they got bailed out and received government funded bonuses and buyouts.

Crazy America we live in
Truthyness

Boise, ID

#11 May 4, 2010
BP only has to pay if you can prove "willful misconduct", otherwise you bet that the Superfund money will pay for it.

I agree, BP hasn't paid so far and seems to not to want to hire the local captains. Shame on them! Everyone will have to go to court.
Watchful Eye

Marshall, VA

#12 May 5, 2010
The President himself said "BP will pay. BP will get the bill for this."

if that statement alone doesnt let you know who is currently paying the bills then i dont know what else can be said
Fighting Tyranny

Boise, ID

#13 May 5, 2010
BP's damages are capped at, like,$75 million by Federal law, no matter what Obama says. As a lawyer, he should know better. They will pay for the cleanup but not business or personal losses, is what he should have said.

Check this out:

http://www.businessweek.com/news/2010-05-04/b...
Truthyness

Boise, ID

#14 May 7, 2010
Um, didn't I see on WLOX that they are going to use the grant money somewhere else in OS? I guess that was all BS about how they were going to lose it.

I see people on East Beach all the time, don't think that the mayor was right when she said the owners wanted the beach to themselves. It's the city that put up "KEEP OUT" signs on the lot they bought on the harbor. Private owners let the people go there.
Ladytron

Boise, ID

#15 May 7, 2010
You mean the lot across from the pottery?

I saw those signs! There's, like, 10 of them and they say No trespassing. Nice, the city accuses others of what they do. I know a guy that keeps his boat there, what will he do when he can't get to his boat?
os observer

Jackson, MS

#16 May 10, 2010
East Beach is a man made beach that was created with Public Tax Dollars ... alot of sand had to be haled in to make that beach... I don't think any of the property owners across from the beach can say they soley paid for the beach... so that means the beach belongs to the public!
Man From UNCLE

United States

#17 May 10, 2010
Can someone post the names of the ones who stake claim to East Beach?
Google it

Ocean Springs, MS

#18 May 10, 2010
I do not want to see anymore county beach cleaners down there sifting their sand. It's their beach clean it...if someones on your property , take care of it.
Roberta Sparrow

Boise, ID

#19 May 10, 2010
Not all the beach owners let the county dump sand there. See where the trees are? That guy said, "Get off my lawn!" (Clint Eastwood).

It's the county that puts the sand there and they have never claimed the beach. The owners don't mind the people, they just hated what was done to Front beach and I do too, it looks awful and there's no beach left.
beach owner

Boise, ID

#20 May 10, 2010
Google it wrote:
I do not want to see anymore county beach cleaners down there sifting their sand. It's their beach clean it...if someones on your property , take care of it.
STFU

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