Governor is Right to Preserve Beach Mansion

December 28, 2015

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

The latest faux outrage coming from Montgomery revolves around Governor Robert Bentley’s decision to use around $1.5 million in BP settlement money to refurbish the Governor’s Beach Mansion, which is actually the Governor’s second official residence.

Built in 1960 by supporters of then-Governor George Wallace, it has served as a retreat and executive meeting place for decades. According to a 1993 report, The Tuscaloosa News called it Alabama’s Camp David, in reference to the US Presidential retreat. According to the report, “Cornelia Wallace used a Boston Whaler to water ski right off the beach. Guy Hunt played horseshoes on a tiny patch of grass there and Albert Brewer was remembered as a “mainstream American” who swam in shorts with a can of beer.”
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