PSJ, county workshop interlocal

Published: Thursday, June 20, 2013 at 11:31 AM.

If they accomplished anything Tuesday, the Board of County Commissioners and Port St. Joe Commissioners sat down at the same table.

After sniping over an interlocal agreement for months, commissioners spent 90 minutes poring over the document in order to agree on any revisions.

No decisions were made at what was a workshop.

And no agreement was reached on the two central issues: amending the interlocal to change how a fire tax for WindMark Beach is collected and the moving of the Port St. Joe Redevelopment Agency from the Gulf County Tourist Development Council Welcome Center, which is leased to the TDC by the city.

Near the conclusion of the workshop, County Commissioner Joanna Bryan urged city commissioners to allow the PSJRA, which is currently paying rent for two office spaces and is largely operating out of boxes, to move by the end of June.

Bo Spring, a director on the PSJRA board, said he would make a motion at the PSJRA’s meeting on Thursday to allow the move and hoped the city would be supportive.

When asked by the county to allow the move, the city of Port St. Joe balked for several reasons and asked the county to revisit the fire tax issue, which the city urged would be divided among the three volunteer fire departments that respond to WindMark Beach.

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