BOCC spurns city on PSJRA move; approves EDA contract

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

“Everybody who made that decision (on the agreement) was out there for personal gain,” Smiley said of a document largely negotiated by former County Commissioner Bill Williams and former City Commissioner John Reeves. “This agreement was about greed.

“We have more interest in putting up a lighthouse than putting up affordable housing for people. Government is designed to help the people. I am not here to help people who can live anywhere they want. How can people sleep?

“I don’t care about no lighthouse, I don’t care about no WindMark. I care about helping people.”

Commissioners also took up and approved an agreement with the new Gulf County Economic Development Alliance, Inc. to move forward on economic development.

Commissioners voted on returning funding to a new EDA in February. The BOCC is pledging to restore funding of $80,000 per year previously earmarked for the former Economic Development Council.

But commissioners could not agree on which form of the agreement to consider; the original drafted by the county attorney and placed in the consent agenda or a revision made after receiving comments from stakeholders.

While attorney Jeremy Novak said he had no problems with the revisions, Commissioner Carmen McLemore refused to consider the revised version when put forward under a motion from Bryan.

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