PSJ commissioners inch toward détente with county

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

As part of the county’s response to the city’s letter regarding the agreement, the BOCC asked the city to work on scheduling a workshop on the interlocal agreement and permit the PSJRA move.

City Commissioner Rex Buzzett said Tuesday he had seen indications the county was moving in a “positive” direction.

“I would like to show some good faith on our part and let the PSJRA move,” provided there were assurances that a joint workshop would be an “amicable” effort to find collegial solutions, Buzzett said.

He wondered if the workshop was desired before the move and if so, he moved to schedule a workshop as soon as the coming Tuesday. A date and time have yet to be firmed up.

The county response to a city letter from March also indicates the county would like the city to turn the land on which the Welcome Center sits over to the county, a position for which Buzzett wanted clarification.

Mayor Mel Magidson said he has long wanted the workshop to amend the interlocal agreement that cleared the way for the city to annex WindMark Beach.

Specifically, the city wants a fire tax earmarked for a station in WindMark to be divided among the Highland View, Beaches and Port St. Joe Volunteer Fire Departments for equipment upgrades instead of going into the county’s general fund.

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