Taking the high road

Published: Thursday, February 14, 2013 at 09:38 AM.

The feds could fairly say, if the people in Gulf County can’t decide, why should we care?

The Chamber president was speaking of togetherness while discussing with the BOCC the future of the Economic Development Council.

And, finally, some sense entered the room as a narrowly split BOCC decided to give the director, Barry Sellers, and a newly-configured EDC board, at least another 18 months to two years as promised funding.

Even though there is not an economic development expert, including the one who recently spoke to the Port Authority, who would not attest that economic development takes time.

Far more than the six months Commissioner Carmen McLemore was willing to provide, which ought to say all that needs to be said about vision for the county.

The EDC has been undermined for a decade by the inability of all parties, public and private partners, to stay on the same page, share the spotlight and praise and move on a common plain toward bringing jobs to the community.

As Commissioner Tan Smiley has said several times and Commissioner Joanna Bryan expressed this week, there have been too many starts and stops, too many different directions and too many hands in the pie for a viable economic development plan, let alone agency, to congeal.

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