BOCC examines possible SO move

Published: Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 01:49 PM.

Commissioners told Harrison they would continue to look at the situation.

Industrial Park lease

Less than a year after entering a lease with local company Tifco for the Dalkeith Industrial Park, commissioners voted to allow Tifco to get out of the multi-year lease.

Tifco president Tony Muina informed the BOCC by letter that the business plan under which the company leased the Industrial Park – which included expansion throughout the Southeast and the hiring of at least 15 new employees – had not blossomed as hoped.

The company was now abandoning those plans and scaling back to a strictly local company and would return to its original Wewahitchka facility, which the company had been unable to lease.

Commissioners were in agreement to let the company out of the lease, but Bryan noted that when the lease was first proposed, there was a significant “rush” and commissioners had to conduct a special meeting to clarify intentions.

The county had staff at the Industrial Park and had invested some funds in rehabbing it, but also noted that the lease payments were reduced in contemplation that Tifco would also invest in upgrades to the building.

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