BOCC debates lighthouse award; sets EDC workshop

Published: Monday, January 14, 2013 at 09:40 AM.

“We are in line and ready to take that on,” Yeager said.

Commissioner Joanna Bryan said the BOCC should consider the tone of such a letter. She said she did want to reinforce existing fissures between the city and county and that the county should express its willingness to work with the city, with the caveat of the city could not fund the relocation the county be considered.

“I don’t want to see us in a position of being against the city,” Bryan said. “The city is in our county. We’ve got to get rid of drawing that line (between us).

“We all need to work together to do what is best for the county, not dig in our heels and waste resources and time.”

Gail Alsobrook, director of the Port St. Joe Redevelopment Agency, which has spearheaded the planning for BayPark said the city was about to embark on a capital campaign to fund the relocation and urged commissioners to consider the “psychological” impact of a vote that would be seen as being anti-city.

“I thought this was a wonderful opportunity to work together in solidarity,” Alsobrook said.

Yeager, acknowledging Bryan’s comments, said he would amend his motion to note that the county would work with the city but if the city failed in its efforts, encourage the National Parks Service to consider the county.



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