The Franklin County Commission has decided to reopen the process of seeking bids for a new executive director of the Tourist Development Council.
Only two individuals, Laura Graham, of Forgotten Coast Management Services, and Debra Davis, of Debra Davis and Associates of Franklin County, applied for the post, which would replace Curt Blair in the top job.
“I’m kind of disappointed that only two people applied for this,” said Chair Smokey Parrish, at the bid opening Tuesday morning.
The commissioners had planned to the have the TDC board rank the top three applicants and then after an interview process before the county commission, he or she would be selected.
County Attorney Michael Shuler asked commissioners how they wanted to proceed.
“I’m not going to comment because I’m chairman of the TDC,” said Commissioner Cheryl Sanders.
Shuler said rebidding the job could be completed within the next 30 to 45 days, before the end of the fiscal year on Sept. 30.
Commissioner William Massey moved to put it back out to bid, and the two bid packages were to be returned, unopened. The two women may resubmit a proposal for this new round of bidding.
Commissioner Noah Lockleys seconded the motion and it passed unanimously. “We did ask for three and we didn’t get ‘em,” he said.
The TDC also received a series of proposals for its four vendors.
Full Moon Creative, out of Sunrise, is seeking the TV production contract, as is Designer at Large out of Tampa, and the current vendor, Forgotten Coast TV Inc. out of Apalachicola.
For print media services, Designer at Large out of Tampa also put in for the job, as did the current vendor, Bay Media, of Apalachicola.
For web services, Designer at Large out of Tampa also submitted a bid, as did the current vendor 2k Web Group out of Apalachicola.
For radio and Internet services, Designer at Large out of Tampa submitted a proposal, as did Live Communications Inc., which owns WOCY, out of Tallahassee, and the current vendor, Oyster Radio, out of Eastpoint, which operates WOYS.
The commissioners also were on hand for the bid opening for three other projects.
The Timber Island boat ramp and Indian Creek Park dock replacement, were a package deal, and it received two bids.
RJ Gorman Marine Construction out of Panama City Beach said they would do Indian Creek for $52,742.78, and Timber Island for $38,088.05, for a total of $90,830.83.
HG Harders and Sons proposed to to do Indian Creek for $76,475, and Timber Island for $47,420, for a total of $123,895.
Several bids were received for the Gulf Shores Boulevard relocation at Alligator Point.
These included $158,933.50 from Pigott Asphalt and Site Work out of Tallahassee, $187,009 from Roberts and Roberts of Tallahasee; $209,851 from North Florida Construction, of Clarksville; $196,564, from Capital Asphalt, of Tallahassee; $165,310 from North Florida Asphalt; $185,608.24 from M of Tallahassee Inc; and $250,352 from CW Roberts, of Tallahassee.