Commission becomes PSJRA board

Published: Thursday, May 8, 2014 at 09:40 AM.

Port St. Joe city commissioners formally became the board of the Port St. Joe Redevelopment Agency Tuesday night.

Along familiar lines, Commissioners Phil McCroan, Bo Patterson and William Thursbay voted to dissolve the current PSJRA board and replace it with the City Commission, operating as an independent body.

Commissioner Rex Buzzett and Mayor Mel Magidson dissented.

There was little debate but Patterson took the occasion of the vote to issue one final harangue to critics of the board’s actions, taking to task a resident for statements made during a workshop on the PSJRA last month and this newspaper for publishing the quotes.

Later Patterson and a citizen engaged in a nasty exchange of insults and accusations over a petition gathered to protest the board’s action and statements made during prior meetings.

Mayor Mel Magidson repeatedly tried to tone down the rhetoric to no avail.

“You are taking an attitude a commissioner should not take,” Magidson told Patterson at one point, though Patterson continued the argument until the citizen sat down with Patterson calling him “a snake in the grass.”

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