Americus Ditch discussion pops up again for BOCC

Published: Thursday, December 5, 2013 at 09:39 AM.

Commissioner Ward McDaniel asked Graney not to focus on the bid process that happened six years ago, prior to most of the BOCC members being elected and encouraged him to have a positive attitude toward the situation.

“You’re trying to pass the buck on a previous board,” said McDaniel. “Yes, we’ve got some problems. Issues developed in during the process.”

Before he stepped away from the podium, Graney encouraged commissioners to either stop the growth of Gulf County or be able to plan for it.

He worried about the ditch’s effects on drainage if the area had a repeat of last summer’s rainfall which brought the area 25 inches in 30 days.

Graney agreed that public education was necessary to stop the flooding and asked the residents of Gulf County to stop pouring concrete driveways as it doesn’t allow water to drain properly.

He also asked his fellow citizens to be mindful of their water use and said that during the summer downpours he still saw sprinklers on in some yards around St. Joe Beach.

Prior to adjourning, the topic switched to the Economic Development Alliance and the resignation of director Barry Sellers, whose last day was on Nov. 29.

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