Commission initiates dissolution of PSJRA board

Published: Thursday, April 3, 2014 at 09:32 AM.

A two-week timeout changed nothing.

After tabling a vote two weeks ago, predictably divided Port St. Joe commissioners voted on Tuesday night to begin the process of dissolving the board of the Port St. Joe Redevelopment Agency to be replaced by commissioners.

The voting breakdown followed what has become standard on a host of issues with Commissioners Bo Patterson, Phil McCroan and William Thursbay moving to initiate the process they proposed nearly a month ago.

Mayor Mel Magidson and Commissioner Rex Buzzett voted against the first reading of an ordinance that will lead to commissioners becoming the PSJRA board, charged with operating “separately” and “independently” of their elected duties.

That rub, “elected”, was central to Patterson’s vote, he said.

The PSJRA board is the only board in the county or city, he said, that operated out of reach of voters but could nonetheless collect and spend tax money while hiring or firing the executive director.

“This has nothing to do with the people on the board,” Patterson said in front of a meeting room packed to capacity for the second consecutive meeting. “The downtown looks great. They have done a good job.

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