Shining light

Published: Thursday, January 24, 2013 at 09:41 AM.

In effect, compel the BOCC to live, for once when it comes to economic development, to its agreement with Barry Sellers on length of contract and level of funding with the city also contributing its agreed portion.

In other words, go back to the beginning before the spite train roared through the BOCC meeting room and let Sellers do his job.

Get out of the way. If, after the finite period of his contract, work remains, a decision can be fairly reached.

At this point, Sellers has been hired to develop the economy of the county with one hand and one leg tied behind his back.

Second, force a written agreement that any RESTORE funds coming to the county are first earmarked to pay off the mortgage on port land along the Intracoastal Canal.

If there is going to be real economic development, real job creation that benefits the entire county, it is likely to come from that port, which is within the city limits, with St. Joe as a partner and the state invested.

The significant stumbling block for the port is that mortgage with Capital City Bank. Facilitate paying it off with the RESTORE windfall.

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