Food pantry donation divides commissioners

Published: Thursday, December 5, 2013 at 09:40 AM.

On the same day, the local Boy Scouts also donated two truckloads of groceries.

“This is an individual’s choice” to donate to the pantry, Magidson said.

Public Works director John Grantland also noted that the intent of selling the scrap metal was to provide an event for employees and now commissioners were taking money from that pot.

Port St. Joe resident John Parker addressed commissioners by warning of the slippery slope they were about to traverse.

“You are giving to one organization, which is worthy,” Parker said. “How many other organizations, just as worthy, will come up and ask for money.”

The discussion revisited the recent donation of $10,000 to the Port of Port St. Joe with Patterson and McCroan each saying they had heard plenty of negative from constituents about their vote and the donation.

“We shouldn’t have given that money to the port,” Patterson said.

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