PSJRA workshop offers opportunities

Published: Thursday, April 10, 2014 at 10:26 AM.

Last week’s informational workshop about the Port St. Joe Redevelopment Agency (PSJRA) was equal doses education and frustration.

The aim of the workshop was to provide a history of the PSJRA to date.

Mayor Mel Magidson suggested at last week’s meeting during which city commissioners began the process of dissolving the PSJRA board that fueling the debate over the agency’s future was a “lack of understanding of the facts” surrounding the history and operations of the redevelopment agency.

While the theme of the workshop was “how the agency got here”, it at times turned into a pitched discussion about the path traveled the past month by a slim majority of commissioners.

Those actions, one resident noted, had the community “in an uproar.”

PSJRA executive director Gail Alsobrook and Magidson, the lone commissioner to attend the workshop, tried to steer the discussion to broad strokes, but the tenor of the debate often echoed that on the commission the past three meetings.

In sum, commissioners and some residents express frustration with the agency’s operational model and board makeup.

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