Self restoration

Published: Thursday, February 28, 2013 at 09:54 AM.

We are going to hold some people responsible.

That was the statement made on Tuesday as the Board of County Commissioners decided to move ahead with formalizing a new Gulf County Economic Development Alliance, Inc.

Commissioner Carmen McLemore, even when confronted with a businessman whose presence in the county was realized by the work of the previous Economic Development Council, insisted he had seen no progress on economic development in the past four or five years.

And if nothing is accomplished in the next 18 months – a lifetime given the attention span of commissioners but a moment in time for creating jobs – then some folks are going to be held accountable, said Commissioner Ward McDaniel.

Wonder what accountability applies to a former commissioner?

Because as the provisions and possible payout through the RESTORE Act proves more remote and less hefty than was promised again and again over the past two years, one wonders who the BOCC will hold accountable for the taxpayer money wasted on that effort.

The tens of thousands of dollars in travel for Commissioner Bill Williams as he traveled around the country, girlfriend in tow, to serve as the spokesmen for the Florida Association of Counties, and allegedly Gulf County, to lobby for legislation now seen as a roadblock to a settlement with BP.

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