Timing is everything

Published: Thursday, September 13, 2012 at 21:40 PM.

The need to work, in a county that has an unemployment rate, which only counts those still trying to find work, near double digits and local job creation currently at a near standstill, is an essential part of day-to-day life for most.

Consider the difficulty of trying to arrange for a 9 a.m. doctor’s appointment, let alone to sit through a County Commission meeting in hopes to speak at the very end for three to seven minutes – maybe more if commissioners vote to keep you up there.

That, from here, is why no public taxing authority should be in the business of holding meetings when the public is less likely to be able to attend. School Board, other counties, all of them, would be more in the sunshine if they were held after dark.

The point is to facilitate in any way possible public participation. Because less than 100 percent of eligible voters vote we should stop holding elections?

More importantly in Gulf County, there is the RESTORE ACT and the potential for tens of millions of dollars to come into the county.

This can not be overstated: for Gulf County the RESTORE ACT represents a potential lifeline that the county can not afford to mistreat and thrash about as it did with the BP money sent via the Gulf County Tourist Development Council.

What happened under the auspices of this BOCC was, an independent audit found, brazenly lacking in checks and balances.



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