A community conversation

Published: Thursday, August 23, 2012 at 02:44 PM.

As the audit of the TDC commissioned by the BOCC demonstrated, policies, procedures and rules went by the wayside – from the BOCC to the county administrator to the Clerk of Courts to the TDC board to the TDC director – while the money that flowed was directed to a constricted number of people.

And now we’re talking about 10 times that amount of money.

Raffield wondered rightly last week where was the representation for the fishing industry – as hard hit as any local industry by the oil spill – on the county subcommittee? Taking it further why isn’t the community more involved?

Certainly a series of town hall meetings could be conducted, at both ends of the county, to discuss the potential elected officials speak of when they talk of remaking the region. Certainly the citizens, the residents most impacted by the BP oil spill, could provide insight into worthy projects to consider.

How about the long-term financial health of the county? Given the hard times many are experiencing these days is there not a way to bank some of that windfall for an even rainier day?

This, given the potential, could be a watershed moment for the county. This has the potential to impact the county in ways that those proposing county-wide voting can only dream about.

To succeed in truly reshaping the future of Gulf County this must be a county process that ends with decisions good for the entire county. In a county of just 15,000 or so residents that doesn’t seem a leap.

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