The secretary of state’s office and a pair of coastal governments are challenging a 2012 decision by a Mississippi judge who denied the state’s claim to two parcels of property on East Beach in Ocean Springs.

The Mississippi Supreme Court will hear arguments in the case on Feb. 10 in Jackson.

Two families filed the lawsuit in 2010 to stop Ocean Springs from building a 3,470-foot long sidewalk on the beach. The city had obtained a lease from Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann.

The families argued they own about 1,000 feet of the property where the proposed sidewalk was to be located. They also argue property south of the road and the seawall was on their deeds and they pay taxes on it.

Attorneys for Hosemann, Jackson County and the city argue the property is public tidelands to be used for the benefit of the public.

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