Monday, April 12, 2021 2:19 PM EST
By The Associated Press, AP
BILOXI, Miss. (AP) — A judge has issued an order that blocks a company from starting construction on an entertainment pier on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. A Harrison County chancery judge issued the order last week in a lawsuit that the Mississippi Secretary of State’s Office filed in July 2019. The order says neither Secretary of State Michael Watson nor the City of Biloxi could convey a lease for the site until the court decides the lawsuit. The state says before a pier can be built, a public trust tidelands lease is required. The city disagrees. A hearing is scheduled for May 5.