Commission votes to dissolve PSJRA board

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

 “I think we do a great job,” Farnsley said. “I am speaking as an individual. We have really tried to communicate with you. We are not an elected board and I think we take the politics out of it.

“We have all worked to the betterment of the city and that is evident by our accomplishments.”

Magidson and Buzzett said commissioners already have final say over PSJRA actions, noting the Commission has vetoed two recent proposals, including an observation tower at Billy Joe Rish Memorial Parking Lot.

Commissioners approve board members and the budget and all projects come to commissioners for approval. All spending is done according to Florida statutes, Gibson said.

“If you have a problem with the board, look in the mirror,” Buzzett said.

Patrick Jones, a former PSJRA board member, said the board represents an opportunity for talented people in the community to be involved. The board, he said, brings “skill sets” and “community assets” to bear in ways government can not.

While a vote to dissolve the PSJRA board might silence some critics, it would tell those volunteers “you do not count.”

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