Annexation requests over St. George debate grow
BATON ROUGE - People are choosing sides over the proposed city of St. George and now more property owners on the proposed border are literally picking which side they want to join.
"It's a logistical issue," said Patrick Mulhearn, executive director of Celtic Studios. "We've been asking for annexation for a while now."
The $40 million facility that makes up Celtic Studios is looking to Baton Rouge city leaders as they try to become incorporated into the city. Celtic said it makes production easier from a logistical perspective.
"For production (it's) difficult," Mulhearn said. "We have to call two sets of law enforcement and fire departments for pyrotechnics."
The option to annex was proposed by Metro council members looking to give property owners a choice in case the proposed city of St. George becomes reality.
"I've had numerous property owners express interest about joining the city," said Councilman John Delgado. "Both private property owners and businesses as well."
Delgado said more than five property owners have shown interest. He expects many more. Organizers of the St. George incorporation efforts said the annexations don't concern them.
"If you want to be annexed, you have that right," said Lionel Rainey III, with the Committee to Incorporate St. George. "Just like we have the right to run (a) petition and incorporate the city of St. George."
St. George organizers said their petition has more than 10,000 signatures. They need 18,000 to bring the issue to a vote.