State Says Governor's Beach House Not Abandoned

Fort Morgan, AL – State officials say the boarded-up Governor's beach house in Baldwin County has not been abandoned. Lamar Little has gone to court to claim the property on the Fort Morgan peninsula. He says it was originally deeded to the state under the condition that it be maintained as a residence for the Governor. The lawsuit says Little is the only surviving shareholder of the corporation that originally deeded the property to the state. The suit also says no Governor has stayed in the house since Fob James left office in 1999. But in court documents filed in Montgomery yesterday, the state says repairs have been delayed because of the financial problems facing Alabama. Montgomery County Circuit Judge Tracey McCooey has scheduled a hearing for Tuesday to consider the state's request to dismiss the lawsuit.