‘On the verge of exploding’: Commissioner Meadows predicts growth, community pool, streamlined TDC

Published: Thursday, January 17, 2013 at 04:19 PM.

"We're looking at a way to streamline," said Meadows. She said though the TDC has "mainly focused on PR and marketing," they have a code enforcement professional on staff and recently hired a beach ambassador who would share safety regulations and beach ordinances with visitors.

Christy Scally, the director at the E.O. Wilson Biophilia Center, came to the meeting independent of the environmental center to ask about a few issues, including recycling, and parks and recreation.

To the latter, Meadows said she is coordinating with the Boys & Girls Club to share facilities in South Walton, which would be available to the public on weekends. Much to the excitement of those gathered, Meadows said she is looking for funding to put in a community swimming pool, which may be a budget item in the 2013-14 fiscal year.

Another county funded program that excited those gathered were recycling efforts.

Meadows shared that the current recycling program consists of county prisoners picking recyclables out while they are carried by via conveyor belt.

Curbside recycling, however, is something that has been — and will again be — looked at.

"When I was on the commission before, we were advancing toward recycling," said Meadows. The county even got so far as to establish a committee and run a pilot program.

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