City balks at PSJRA move

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

The interlocal agreement was entered into in 2005 as part of the Development of Regional Impact (DRI) review for WindMark Beach.

The provisions of that agreement, Gibson noted, have either been met or dropped in the years since as the bursting of the housing bubble took the wind out of the sails of development at WindMark Beach.

The city has for nearly a year attempted to have a provision that requires the city to pay a fire tax to the county for establishment of a fire station at WindMark Beach reworked to reflect the changing dynamics on the ground.

Specifically, the city wants to divide the fire tax – equal to a fraction of a mill worth roughly $25,000-$30,000 a year depending on property values and building at the development – into three equal parts.

One part would go to the Highland View Volunteer Fire Department, another to the Beaches Volunteer Fire Department and the final third would go to the Port St. Joe Fire Department.

The reasoning for the change is that those three fire departments are the primary units responding to any fire at WindMark Beach or along much of the southern end of Gulf County.

“There is not any reason to build a fire station out there until there are a certain number of homes,” said Mayor Mel Magidson. “That is a no-brainer.”



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