BOCC pledge of civility stretched

Published: Thursday, November 14, 2013 at 10:48 AM.

McLemore dismissed Radcliff as a candidate for commissioner who had lost twice.

When Radcliff noted she had a thriving business, a book store, in the community, McLemore sarcastically nodded and said, “To read books.”

“This is exactly what Ms. Kelley is talking about,” Radcliff said. “The way this board talks to people out in the audience.”

Smiley, his voice growing louder, told Radcliff if she wanted to insult him “I will roll you. I’m tired of being put down. When I roll you over don’t get upset.”

The confrontation reached a climax when Commissioner Ward McDaniel, who noted Health Check received a 10-year tax abatement when they came to Gulf County 16 years ago, moved, and was supported by his fellow commissioners save Bryan, to pull from the board’s informational packet information Bryan had collected from staff on the Americus Ditch project.

McDaniel contended that when the issue was raised at a prior meeting the county attorney had urged commissioners to restrict comments on the $1 million ditch that remains faulty and endangers homes, according to several homeowners.

Commissioners have discussed the issue at two meetings since.

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