BOCC to workshop future of EDC

Published: Friday, November 30, 2012 at 09:57 AM.

The Gulf County Board of Commissioners agreed Tuesday to schedule a public workshop with stakeholders in the Economic Development Council to try to find consensus on the future structure and mission of the agency.

Commissioners also declined a motion brought by new Commissioner Joanna Bryan to halt any movement by the board to hire former Commissioner Bill Williams in a lobbying capacity concerning the RESTORE Act.

Commissioners Tan Smiley and Carmen McLemore dissented on Bryan’s motion to halt work by the county attorney concerning a scope of services and agreement with Williams.

Commissioner Ward McDaniel joined Bryan. Commissioner Warren Yeager said he had an appointment he could not break and left the meeting before the issue was brought up.

Bryan said she had numerous phone calls and inquiries from citizens regarding the board’s action earlier this month to move the Economic Development Council back under the BOCC umbrella from a consolidated Chamber/EDC model the BOCC approved 18 months ago.

Bryan said there was a need for clarification of the board’s desires.

County attorney Jeremy Novak said that a meeting was held last week among some members of the Chamber as well as officials with the county and city of Port St. Joe, the latter two provide public funding for the EDC, to try to sort out the board’s wishes.

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