Commissioners table PSJRA vote

Published: Thursday, March 20, 2014 at 09:47 AM.

Urged to take a step back on Tuesday, Port St. Joe commissioners obliged – at least for two weeks.

Poised to vote on an ordinance that would dissolve the board of the Port St. Joe Redevelopment Agency and replace board members with city commissioners, operating as an independent body, Commissioner William Thursbay withdrew his motion to proceed.

Commissioners, who appeared prepared to vote 3.-2 in favor of dissolving the PSJRA board, said they would address the first reading of the ordinance at their next regular bi-monthly meeting in two weeks.

The debate among commissioners echoed that of two weeks ago when Thursbay moved to dissolve the board and was joined by Commissioners Bo Patterson and Phil McCroan in what has become over the past five months a consistent voting bloc.

Mayor Mel Magidson and Commissioner Rex Buzzett said the board was not broken and therefore not in need of a fix.

Improvements, aesthetically and economically, in the downtown area, they said, could be traced to the efforts of the PSJRA and its volunteer board.

“We have to make hard decisions, but we also have to make smart decisions,” Magidson said. “This is not a smart decision.

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