Hopefuls swarm to fill Mosquito Control Board seats, Incumbent James Crawford fails to respond

Published: Thursday, October 18, 2012 at 04:10 PM.

The two newcomers, Adrianne Walline Campbell and Tim Norris, shared their motivation to run with The Sun. James Crawford neglected to respond to numerous Sun inquiries.

Norris has been a native Floridian and Walton County resident since 1999.

“I would enjoy the opportunity to utilize my experience and knowledge to help improve and direct the South Walton Mosquito District to be one that could be a model for others in the state of Florida,” said Norris.

Norris looks forward to meeting the challenge of budgeting, which he says as a result of rainfall levels will be more of a balancing act in subsequent years.

“The ground became saturated, and water sat for days without draining off, creating breeding beds for mosquitoes. This created a challenge for the current budget and could overlap into the next budget year with the additional costs it has created,” said Norris. “The mosquito district/board will have to be prudent over the next few years and manage the budget with a conservative point of view.”

Campbell agreed that mitigating the rain-caused mosquito problem is a top priority for the board, though she hopes part of the problem could be solved by working with county public works.

“The top priority currently is the condition of the ditches. The county road projects of late have built very nicely constructed roads, but either decreased the size of both the ditches and the culverts, or removed them completely, thus creating a massive problem” of standing water, said Campbell.

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