PSJ commissioners inch toward détente with county

Published: Thursday, June 6, 2013 at 09:34 AM.

Port St. Joe commissioners agreed Tuesday to seek a setting on which they and the Board of County Commissioners can find common ground.

Commissioners approved the county’s request to schedule a joint workshop sometime before the two governing bodies hold their last bi-monthly meetings of June.

The hope: to find resolution for several pressing issues that are the latest rubs in a long-tense relationship.

One is the relocation of the Port St. Joe Redevelopment Agency from the Gulf County Welcome Center to accommodate the growth of the Gulf County Tourist Development Council.

Another is an interlocal agreement the two governing bodies have different ideas about amending.

And given his high-decibel more than 15-minute monologue at the end of last week’s BOCC meeting, County Commissioner Tan Smiley seems likely to raise issues he has consistently and loudly raised for two years: rising water rates and law enforcement consolidation he argues would help bring water rates down.

The county has sought to un-couple the interlocal agreement and PSJRA move – which is time sensitive as the city agency is paying for two office spaces while the county and city are at an impasse.

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