City balks at PSJRA move

Welcome Center

Port St. Joe commissioners expressed reluctance about moving the Port St. Joe Redevelopment Agency out of the Welcome Center.

Tim Croft
Published: Thursday, March 28, 2013 at 09:25 AM.

Port St. Joe city commissioners are willing to give thought to moving the Port St. Joe Redevelopment Agency out of the county Welcome Center.

First, however,, they’d like to see a little give from the Board of County Commissioners.

City commissioners agreed Monday to consider a proposed move of the PSJRA offices from the Welcome Center to the Local Color building now housing the Gulf County Chamber of Commerce, but only if the county will rework an interlocal agreement, pick up the insurance at the Welcome Center and cover PSJRA moving costs.

The county has broached the city about moving the PSJRA out of the Welcome Center as the staff at the Gulf County Tourist Development Council has grown.

The TDC and PSJRA share the Welcome Center under a lease agreement from the city, which owns the land on which the Welcome Center sits, to the county.

The building itself was moved from St. Joseph Peninsula to the city using TDC funds, and city attorney Tom Gibson noted that the lease agreement indicates the city owns the land and building.

The city is amenable to considering the PSJRA move, but only if the BOCC agrees to changes in an interlocal agreement long sought by the city.

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