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City eyes agreement on port land
The city of Brunswick and Glynn County hope to enter into a new agreement with the Georgia Ports Authority, which has leased a small parcel of land the two own for 10 cents a year for the past four decades.

The Georgia Ports Authority sublets the 2.42-acre parcel to Blackwater L.L.C. in an agreement with the city and county that's entering its last 10-year renewal period. The property is on Bay Street.

The county renewed its lease with Georgia Ports Authority in June, but after the city commission said it planned to enter into a different lease extension, the county followed suit.

"The bottom line is we don't want (the property), and we have no use for it, nor do we want to continue to lease it," Mayor Bryan Thompson said.

It's complicated for a state agency to buy property, the city found out, so an alternative was created, Thompson said.

"So what we did is start a lease extension for four years," Thompson said. "We will both work toward a sale, but each year there is a financial penalty."

If still unresolved after the first year of the extension, the port authority will be required to pay the city $1,000 and enter into a penalty stage.

"It will double each year, so after two years, they will pay us $2,000 and so on," Thompson said.

"We're fully confident that the property will be purchased by the GPA," Thompson said.

County Attorney Aaron Mumford said the county was approached by the port authority once the city worked on drafting a shorter lease for the property.

"They did their due diligence, and we've been in contact with (City Attorney) Nathan William's office about it," Mumford said. "The county has revised the draft and, if they choose to approve this lease, will rescind the previous extension."

The city commission will vote on the updated contract at its regularly scheduled meeting at 6 p.m. today on the second floor of Old City Hall at 1229 Newcastle Street.

County commissioners will vote on the same proposal when meeting at 6 p.m. Thursday at the old county courthouse, 701 G St.

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