Beacon Hill variance roils commission

Published: Thursday, April 10, 2014 at 10:08 AM.

She said she was not surprised by McLemore’s comments in favor given Smith’s financial contributions to his previous election campaign.

Bryan also asserted the public already had beach access and did not need Smith’s donation and said the proposal was to build a structure that would impact views from the park, saying assertions to the contrary on the structure and beach access were “false information.”

Resident Rodney Herring, current commander of VFW Post 10069, was one of several residents to speak against the variance.

“I want to go on record on behalf of the public that we oppose any variance that diminishes the enjoyment of that park in any way,” Herring said.

Commissioner Tan Smiley and McLemore said the county attorney is paid to research such issues and they had been provided the needed information that indicated the variance conformed to county rules.

Throughout the lengthy debate, McDaniel gaveled speakers out of order and personal jibes were exchanged by commissioners.

“If you have a certain relationship with the board you get what you want,” Bryan said at one point. “This will open the board up to lawsuits.”

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