State officials say the boarded-up governor's beach house on the Fort Morgan peninsula in Baldwin County has not been abandoned.
The state made the claim in court documents filed in Montgomery Monday.
Lamar Little has gone to court to claim the property. He says the property was originally deeded to the state under the condition that it be maintained as a residence for the governor. The lawsuit says Little is the only surviving shareholder of the corporation that originally deeded the property to the state.
Montgomery County Circuit Judge Tracey McCooey has scheduled a hearing for today to consider the state's request to dismiss the lawsuit.
The lawsuit says no governor has stayed in the house since Fob James left office in 1999. The state's response says repairs have been delayed because of the state's financial condition.