PSJ commissioners name focus group for park planning

Published: Thursday, January 31, 2013 at 09:19 AM.

“I’m looking at this (plan) as a good start,” said Port St. Joe Commissioner Rex Buzzett. “I want to use it. But some parts of it, I don’t think it will work.”

In order to broaden public input on the plans and to provide what Mayor Mel Magidson called a “sounding board” for the PSJRA board as it moves ahead – final plans and decisions are in the hands of city commissioners – the commission named a 14-member focus group.

The group includes Danny Raffield, Lois Byrd, Steve Newman, Trish Warriner, Jennifer Jenkins, Charlotte Pierce, Clay Smallwood, Jr., Barry Sellers, Bill Kennedy, Joanna Bryan, Dewey Blaylock, Lorinda Gingell, Ralph Rish and Christine McElroy.

There are representatives from the city and county commissions, the Tourist Development Council, Chamber of Commerce/Economic Development Council and interested stakeholders.

“I think this is a good mix of people to provide public input,” Buzzett said. “They need to know what we are asking them to do.”

Magidson said he envisioned the group as the entity that the PSJRA board presents items in the plans to gauge sentiment and gather input.

The PSJRA, he said, was tasked with coming up with the plan and the focus group was “to help refine plans to bring to us and roll out to the public,” Magidson said.

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