Alabama's Gulf Coast governor's mansion is vacant this Memorial Day. And, for that matter, every other day.
The 50-year-old house and land are worth $1 million, but the state hasn't repaired the building since it was damaged by a hurricane 18 years ago.
Fixing the mansion could present a political risk amid current debates over tax increases and spending cuts, and Gov. Robert Bentley doesn't need the house because he owns property nearby.
So the 7,500-square-foot governor’s mansion sits with boarded-up windows on a lot overlooking the beach.