LETTERS: BCC misses opportunity to display transparency

Published: Monday, December 31, 2012 at 05:26 PM.

I didn’t attend the Walton County Board of County Commissioners last week but wish I had.  

I did read some emails and a news report after the meeting and received a phone call. Except for Commissioner Meadows, this is about the board position on the agenda item related to a presentation on the Driftwood Estates situation.

Based on what I know of the Driftwood case and what I have read and been told this case was on the agenda for discussion. I feel it was a mistake for the representatives not to be allowed to speak at the meeting. In spite of the fact the case is being litigated this was a legitimate agenda request to speak and it should have been allowed.  

Even if no action was taken, the party should have had the opportunity to address a new and reconstitute commission.   

It is not uncommon for new ideas and new discussions to come forward on a litigated matter after an election and new people are seated. It is not uncommon for changes and settlements to be reached that make a court challenge go away. I’m not implying this should occur in the Driftwood case, but the opportunity was there and anything is possible.

The BCC action to deny the opportunity of possibility is a failure, and an opportunity missed.

What upsets me the most is this gives the public appearance of business as usual for the Board of County Commissioners.  An opportunity was missed to show the public otherwise.

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