Chamber seeks BOOC clarification

Published: Wednesday, November 21, 2012 at 10:00 AM.

Some clarification please, Gulf County Board of Commissioners.

That was the message from the Gulf County Chamber of Commerce board of directors last week as they wrestled with the impacts of a BOCC decision of two days prior to bring the Economic Development Council back under the umbrella of the Commission.

At their regular bi-monthly meeting last Tuesday, the BOCC, citing a lack of tangible progress over the past 18 months since commissioners created a consolidated Chamber/EDC model, voted unanimously to bring the EDC function back under BOCC control.

Commissioners made no changes in funding or personnel with the EDC, but said the point of contact for economic development would be county administrator Don Butler

“It’s not clear what that means,” said Chamber president Guerry Magidson.

Magidson said that correspondence in the intervening days had shown that state economic development officials were “disgruntled” and “unhappy” with the BOCC decision.

This was the second time in the past two years and the fifth time since 2000 that the BOCC changed the operational model for the EDC.

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