Following the dollars

Published: Thursday, February 21, 2013 at 11:46 AM.

What a mixed message.

The Board of County Commissioners decided to restore the Economic Development Council last week in a narrowly-divided vote.

This came after the BOCC voted late last year to bring the EDC back under its umbrella, in large part because they were fatigued by spending taxpayer money for what they believed were few results.

And at the same meeting last week, despite restoring the EDC, commissioners voted to approve leaving one potential project in the hands of the county administrator and permitted him to hire a “consultant” for the project.

In short, the BOCC spent even more taxpayer money on economic development, with few parameters as far as scope of services or payment.

They did so despite having an EDC director identified during a nationwide search and who appears to have all the skill set.

They also ignored the port director, who has been working on a volunteer basis for nearly a year, even though what is known about this potential project is it involves the Intracoastal Canal.

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