Staying on message

Published: Friday, November 30, 2012 at 10:03 AM.

Calling the Port of Port St. Joe a “gateway” to the region that would never go away, he laid out the pros and the cons of what his team was attempting at the behest of the St. Joe, and by proxy the Port Authority.

In short, he underscored everything that the county, particularly the BOCC, has done wrong on the economic development side.

In the days following the BOCC decision to wreck its own model for bringing jobs to the county, the board of the Chamber of Commerce also met and could also find no consensus.

One board member believed that all that had been accomplished by the consolidation effort was a year of confusion.

He could have made it a decade.

That is what the BOCC has done as commissioners with varying agendas have assembled and disassembled the EDC as if playing with Legos.

The consistent removal and hiring of EDC directors, at least five since 2000, and the differing directions that have been supplied have set this county back a decade, easily, in the world of economic development.

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