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Mobile County Buys Popular Fishing Pier

Mobile County is financing the $2.1 million purchase through the state’s allocation of federal Gulf of Mexico Energy Security Act, or GOMESA, which generates its revenues from offshore oil and gas leases.

Jay McRae and his two brothers had a decision to make not long ago.

The decision had a lot of family sentimental value behind it. It also could affect what Dauphin Island Mayor Jeff Collier calls the “welcome mat” to Alabama’s only barrier island.

  • Sell the sprawling Cedar Point Pier to the highest bidder. The family had three offers, all of which were competitive.
  • Sell the pier to Mobile County, which offered to purchase the pier at a lower price than the private offers. But at least one of the three county commissions guaranteed that they will maintain the pier in their late father’s vision.

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