Commission votes to dissolve PSJRA board

Published: Thursday, March 6, 2014 at 10:24 AM.

Port St. Joe city commissioners are preparing to don new hats.

A deeply divided board on Tuesday, voting 3-2 along familiar fault lines, approved dissolving the board of directors of the Port St. Joe Redevelopment Agency.

The result, after an ordinance to make the change is approved for advertisement and read twice, would be commissioners becoming PSJRA board members, operating “separately” as a body “independent” from their roles as city commissioners, said city attorney Tom Gibson.

The item, which had not been previously discussed by this board, was not listed on the agenda publicly distributed last Friday.

The item, listed at the request of Commissioner William Thursbay, was included in an amended agenda posted shortly before 11 a.m. ET Monday.

The issue was taken up while PSJRA executive director Gail Alsobrook, who attends nearly every regular and special meeting, was not in town.

“That was a cowardly act to vote when she is not here,” said resident and active civic volunteer John Parker.

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