Challenger says Hosemann shouldn't control harbors

By The Associated Press

GULFPORT, Miss. (AP) — The candidate challenging Republican Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann says the state office shouldn’t control Gulf Coast harbors.

Hosemann, who is seeking re-election, has been negotiating with coastal cities to sign long-term leases giving his office control of the harbors.

Gulfport Councilman Ricky Dombrowski, also a Republican, says he wants his city to retain control. He said it’s been that way for 75 years.

Dombrowski says Hosemann’s office wants 30 percent of the revenue from harbor businesses. The city has not previously leased the harbor from the state or shared income from harbor businesses.

Hosemann says the arrangements are generous to the cities and will ensure public access for decades to come.