BOCC to bring EDC back under its umbrella

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

He labeled the relationship between the consolidated EDC/Chamber as “adversarial.”

 Commissioners said they had no specific problem with Sellers continuing as director of the EDC, but were unanimous that the consolidation model was not working and in their desire to bring the EDC under BOCC control again.

Williams and continuing to work for county

McLemore suggested that commissioners move ahead with some sort of agreement with Williams to continue to work for the county on issues pertaining to the BP oil spill after Williams departs office.

Smiley and McDaniel agreed that Williams was the commissioner most versed on the RESTORE Act which would bring fine money to the Florida counties impacted by the oil spill and that problems – in St. Joseph Bay, for shrimpers, the roe season for mullet – were already evident that McLemore traced to the oil spill.

He suggested that having Williams continue working for the county on issues such as RESTORE and BP fines would be a benefit.

Williams abstained from any vote and county attorney Jeremy Novak suggested commissioners should work with he and county administrator Don Butler on a scope of work and possible payment schedule for an individual to assist the county without specifying Williams at this time.

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