Bellinger’s house finally sells (DOCUMENT)

Published: Tuesday, March 19, 2013 at 11:05 AM.

Stewart said the county’s next step will be to petition the U.S. Justice Department for 100 percent of the proceeds from the sale, minus the maintenance costs.

He said he is “hopeful” the request will be approved.

According to Curry, BP officials have said they want the county to recoup the oil spill grant money and use it for its original intent, which was to boost tourism in the area.

County officials also could soon dispose of the 40-foot $710,000 Marquis yacht that Bellinger bought with bed tax money in December 2011.

The 2011 Marquis 420 SC has been for sale since last summer. The county recently received an offer from Ralph Fernandez of Coconut Grove for $458,000.

Read a copy of the offer.

The broker-to-broker sale would include a 10 percent broker fee, bringing the county’s net proceeds to $412,000.

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