Closure to move ahead

Published: Thursday, November 15, 2012 at 11:27 AM.

The job of government is to provide the atmosphere for economic development and get out of the way.

Instead the BOCC has again reversed course on budgetary pledges, cutting funding to the Chamber/EDC by a three-quarters due to reasons that have yet to be explained beyond a chip on the shoulder toward the City of Port St. Joe.

They have publicly grilled the Chamber board president and the executive director about decisions and policy and any observer of the BOCC knows that what happens in public is a tip of the iceberg.

Time for the BOCC to stick to its word, put up the public funding promised for the next several years until private funding has a chance to take root and get out of the way and let the Chamber/EDC do the job the BOCC created the model to do.

 Meanwhile, the same with the Tourist Development Council which disintegrated in a wave of ethically questionable behavior from the BOCC and a series of missteps – ones that once again carried no charges despite the chest thumping from the BOCC that there was illegality – by the director who continued a laissez faire attitude toward county policy and procedures that existed when he arrived.

Now, there is a new director identified from a nationwide search, a new board and new policies in place. The ship has been turned.

Time for those with sway over decisions stand back, lend support and generally cheer, but from the sidelines.

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