A sad display

Published: Tuesday, November 6, 2012 at 12:24 PM.

Last week’s Board of County Commissioners regular bi-monthly meeting was completely regular for one hour and entirely from another planet in the next.

In other words, it was a sad chapter in Gulf County government and a smear against any message county government is trying to send beyond its borders.

Actually, to hear Commissioner Carmen McLemore proclaim, outside those borders there are the “blow ins” that should just move on back to Georgia or Alabama or wherever they are from if they are going to have the temerity to question government.

But of course everything over those last 45 minutes last Thursday was personal and for that, it was a sad day for government.

Sad for allowing any citizen to spend 17 minutes at the podium on a screed that in the first part had largely been heard before – timed coincidentally to a rally on the courthouse steps by the villains in commissioners’ little Kabuki theater, Citizens for Improving Gulf County – and in the second part a campaign television commercial.

Sad that Commission chair Bill Williams allowed this to continue; even participating in as ugly a display of Gulf County government that has been witnessed for years.

Sad that Williams’ fellow commissioners allowed a lame duck commissioner, not even around in a month, already moving to Tallahassee, to establish the tenor and tempo for an astonishing display of bad manners and appalling lack of professionalism.

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