BOCC to bring EDC back under its umbrella

Published: Thursday, November 15, 2012 at 11:21 AM.

“For this thing to survive I think we need to bring it back under the county.”

Commissioner Tan Smiley, though, wondered about the starts-and-stops with the EDC.

This is the second time in five years that the BOCC has realigned the EDC roughly two years into a five-year pledge for funding. When Seller was hired the pledge was five years at $80,000 a year from the county.

The county has thus far budgeted just $20,000 this year, matching the five-year pledge originally agreed to by the City of Port St. Joe.

Before that five-year stretch, the BOCC had changed the alignment, director, board at the EDC or all three several times in the prior six years.

McNair left the employ of the county employ on less than positive terms, he said five years ago on his way out, feeling that he had been undermined by having to answer to five commissioners with varying agendas.

 “How are we going to get going if we keep stopping in the middle of the street every time,” Smiley said.

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