- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 15, 2014

GULFPORT, Miss. (AP) - The cities of Biloxi and Gulfport have agreed they will not try to annex property within three miles of each other’s boundaries through June 2017, when the terms of current officeholders end.

The truce temporarily ends a dispute dating back to 2008 over property in the Woolmarket area that includes the proposed Pitcher Point subdivision. Both cities had sought at different times to incorporate Pitcher Point as part of each called a friendly annexation.

The Sun Herald reports (https://bit.ly/1il3zuz ) the Gulfport City Council agreed to drop an appeal of an earlier annexation bid that failed. In turn, Biloxi has agreed to reduce the size of the territory it wants to annex.

Biloxi recently went to trial to annex 2,098 acres. The city had by Friday agreed to settle for less than half the acreage it sought. Biloxi attorney Ron Peresich said the city is willing to annex Pitcher Point acreage east of Old Woolmarket Road, which it considers critical for development.

Gulfport has withdrawn its objection to the smaller annexation, but Harrison County Chancery Judge Hollis McGehee still must decide whether Biloxi gets the property.

“It’s been a long, litigious process,” said Gulfport Mayor Billy Hewes. “For us, it’s good news. Regardless of the outcome, there will be no further appeals on either side. It puts it to rest.”

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Information from: The Sun Herald, https://www.sunherald.com


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