It appears the recently passed annexation reform is only a bump in the road for some cities intent on annexing property.  If the mayor decides the city “needs to grow”, they will try to find a way around the law.  Apparently that is exactly what the mayor of Southport is attempting, as reported here.  Individual property owners are exercising their right to petition a forced annexation but cold leave a swath of commercial property ripe for a municipal taking if the legislature will allow it. Southport tried a similar deal in 2009.  The courts are weighing in on previous annexation deals .  Provisions from the Voting Rights Act further complicate things.  Even with comprehensive substantive annexation reform, the fight over property rights is far from over.