BOCC spurns city on PSJRA move; approves EDA contract

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

Commissioner Joanna Bryan moved that the BOCC agree to cover moving costs and pay the insurance, minus the funds the TDC has spent on landscaping, which renders the insurance payment effectively a wash.

“I don’t see the connection between the interlocal agreement and the PSJRA moving,” Bryan said. “There are a lot of complicated issues concerning that interlocal agreement.”

Commissioner Warren Yeager said the TDC board, on which the mayor of Port St. Joe sits, approved the move of the PSJRA with no strings.

But the discussion quickly turned into a review of the interlocal agreement, hammered out in 2005, which laid out responsibilities and promises made by the city and county in order for the city to annex the WindMark Beach property and which has spurred ongoing tension since.

“Why, when we try to do a little business (with the city) we have complications?” asked Commissioner Ward McDaniel, echoing similar words spoken at Port St. Joe City Hall two weeks ago.

“Greed,” was Commissioner Tan Smiley’s answer.

Near the end of the meeting, Smiley picked up that thought, assailing the agreement as a product of elected officials looking out for themselves and the city for failing to move ahead on affordable housing when the land is available – Smiley said the city had 100 acres for affordable housing as part of the DRI – to focus on WindMark Beach.

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