Year in Review: In search of détente

Published: Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 09:48 AM.

The Board of County Commissioners and Port St. Joe City Commission spent another year spinning in conflicting orbits.

The two bodies began the year much as they had 2012, with a renewed call for collaboration and cooperation, which lasted about as long as it took to type this sentence.

Commissioners spent much of the year in spirited debate on several topics, beginning with a BOCC proposal to move the Port St. Joe Redevelopment Agency out of the Tourist Development Council Welcome Center.

That request led to a broader discussion, spanning months and which actually had started more than a year prior, over a fire tax the city paid for WindMark Beach.;

That led to discussions about the lease between city and county over the Welcome Center land and the details of an interlocal agreement signed in the wake of the development of WindMark.

Months were required to amend that interlocal agreement to the satisfaction of all commissioners even though nearly all acknowledged that the majority of the provisions of the agreement had been met.

In time, commissioners sparred from a distance over solid waste and tipping fees, the future of the Economic Development Council, contributions to the EDC/Gulf County Economic Development Alliance, Inc. and the pace of project to bring water and sewer line replacement to North Port St. Joe.

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