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County proposal to fix Mikel May's lease blunder submitted to U.S. Fish & Wildlife

Posted at 5:36 PM, Mar 05, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-05 18:39:42-05

The Nueces County's Mikel Mays structure swap proposal is now in the hands of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife. Precinct 4 Commissioner Brent Chesney says the County submitted all documentation as required by the federal agency.

6 Investigates first reported in 2018 that the county either had to pay back a $750,000 grant to the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service or close the Mikel May’s restaurant on Bob Hall Pier . The agency learned that the County had been leasing space on the pier to the popular restaurant which violated the grant requisites.

On Wednesday, Commissioner Chesney said they are receiving favorable responses from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife on that proposal that would allow the county to build a new observation deck on the Horace Caldwell Pier in Port Aransas . The construction of the structure would allow the County to not have to reimburse the federal government.

Chesney also said the U.S. Army Corp of Engineeers will not require the County to get another permit which would have cost more time and money according to Chesney.