Dear Editor,

Regarding Gene BeHage's September 6, 2018 letter to the editor, "Who do they work for?"

Indeed! Who do they work for? Certainly not the majority of citizens of Gulf County as was evidenced by the Aug. 28, Gulf County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) meeting where the Gulf County RV Ordinance was repealed.

In spite of a large number of passionate pleas not to repeal the RV ordinance from a clear majority of citizens at the meeting, the BOCC ignored these pleas and proceeded with what seemed to be a poorly rehearsed predetermined vote on the ordinance.

It looked like Commissioner Rogers might have missed his cue and could barely be heard by Chairman Quinn when he made the motion to repeal the ordinance. Chairman Quinn had to ask Commissioner Rogers if he had indeed, said "repeal."

I think Chairman Quinn was as taken aback as most of the audience was by this almost inaudible motion made by Commissioner Rogers who rarely says anything.

Commissioner Rogers, if you felt strongly enough to make the motion why didn't you explain to your many constituents in the audience why you wanted it repealed?

After you made your motion, you said nary a word. Instead, nearly all of the board discussion on the ordinance was deferred to Mr. Hammond, an unelected administrator, who stated that the public "is misinformed and doesn't understand the ordinance." Unlike the Leave No Trace Ordinance, there was little if no public education regarding the RV ordinance. And so with little discussion from the BOCC, the RV Ordinance was repealed. Just like that.

Seems to me that this public meeting was all for show. I believe the three Commissioners who voted to repeal this ordinance had already made up their minds or had their minds made up for them. Mr. BeHage had an interesting point when he stated: "just one day after the Commissioners repealed the RV ordinance a real estate company advertised there was no longer an RV ordinance so every lot for sale in Gulf County is now fair game for an RV."

Seems there was perhaps a bigger elephant in the room that day.

Please go to the Gulf County BOCC Youtube channel and watch it all unfold before your eyes and then you decide who the BOCC works for. Methinks it is not the majority of Gulf Countians.

 

Gretchen Mayes

Beacon Hill