Brodnax cast the lone no vote, citing he was concerned that supporting the effort might put the county on the hook for funding down the road and control of the beach should just be given to the city along with annual maintenance funds.
Moran told the Ocean Springs aldermen about Brodnax's wishes and she was authorized to ask Brodnax for his proposal in writing and return it to the aldermen.
Supervisor John McKay, however, said it won't be that easy. "As soon as we give Front Beach to Ocean Springs, then Pascagoula would want theirs and we'd have to go through the process again," McKay said. "If we're going to do it for one, we need to do it for both cites so we can treat them fair and in the same manner."
McKay said Brodnax made an off-the-wall comment during the meeting and that's the only discussion the entire board has had about the issue.
"We have not discussed it as a whole to find out what the ramifications would be, if any," McKay said. "We don't have a set figure that comes in for the city of Ocean Springs. We just get a seawall tax."
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