BOCC spurns city on PSJRA move; approves EDA contract

Published: Thursday, April 11, 2013 at 09:04 AM.

Two weeks ago Port St. Joe commissioners wondered what it would take to forge a professional working relationship with the Board of County Commissioners.

Tuesday the BOCC pondered a similar question concerning the city.

The two government bodies continued a back-and-forth on the proposed move of the Port St. Joe Redevelopment Agency out of the Tourist Development Council Welcome Center, with the county countering a city proposal to revisit an interlocal agreement that dates to the WindMark Beach Development of Regional Impact (DRI).

The city seeks to rework the language in that agreement to reflect realities on the ground, hoping the BOCC would agree to an alternate disbursement of a fire tax the city pays the county.

The city proposes that taxes paid for a fire station at WindMark be instead divided among the fire departments in Highland View, the Beaches and Port St. Joe that respond to fires in the WindMark area.

City commissioners, noting that the lease for the Welcome Center is between the city and TDC and that it ensures space for the PSJRA, is willing to consider moving the PSJRA to the Local Color building provided the county reworked the interlocal agreement and agreed to cover costs of the move and the building’s insurance.

County commissioners on Tuesday noted that the TDC funded the move of the Welcome Center off the peninsula and has funded landscape maintenance the past several years which is a responsibility of the city.

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