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City mulls selling port property
After nearly 40 years of leasing a small parcel of land to the former Brunswick Port Authority and now to the Georgia Ports Authority, the city of Brunswick is looking to sell.

The leasing of the 2.42 acres on Bay Street, in the area where the road sharply curves, is entering its last 10-year renewal period, and the city wants to consider selling the property instead of leasing it for $1 for another decade.

If the city fails to renew the lease before Sept. 1, the contract will be terminated. However, the city owns the property jointly with the county, which already has agreed to extend the lease.

Blackwater Georgia L.L.C. has sublet the property from the Georgia Ports Authority since 2010.

Brunswick Mayor Bryan Thompson recommended the commission ask city manager Bill Weeks and city attorney Nathan Williams to look into extending the termination period of the contract so officials can discuss the potential purchase of the land.

"It's one thing to consider the lease agreement we already have, but in looking at our role as elected officials, I don't know if we're comfortable doing that or not," Thompson said. "We need to look at something that's fair on both sides and services. It's city-owned property."

Jamie McCurry, director of administration for the Georgia Ports Authority, said the port authority is late getting the lease renewal to the city because of an administrative error.

"We apologize," said McCurry, urging the commission to extend the termination date so the two can discuss the purchase further.

The commission will wait for a response from the city manager and attorney.

In other business at the meeting Wednesday, the commission:

* Heard a request from Commissioner James Brooks, asking that the city's indecent exposure ordinance be amended to include saggy pants.

* Approved new downtown parking recommendations.

* Approved a contract for the renovation and expansion of the police station on Mansfield Street.

* Deferred approval of a contract with Waste Management for solid waste and recycling collection and disposal services. A work session to discuss the contract and financial plan will be held before the next commission meeting.

* Discussed potential revisions to regulations for the City Dock at Mary Ross Waterfront Park.

* Discussed potential plans for Judge Phil Ringle Park on Gloucester Street.



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