County renews TDC staff contracts

Published: Wednesday, August 13, 2014 at 08:20 PM.

A split county commission last week approved by a 3-2 vote rehiring for another year the four leading service providers for the Tourist Development Council, including the administrator, Curt Blair.

With Commissioners Noah Lockley and Smokey Parrish dissenting, the county commission Aug. 5 OKd contracts with 2K Web Group, which handles internet marketing and the TDC website; Bay Media Services, which does marketing and design; Forgotten Coast TV, Inc., which handles local television programming; and Allyn Associates, Inc. which handles administration.

Following the vote, Parrish made clear his objection was limited to the administrative services contract. “I’m not opposed to the service contracts other than the administration,” he said. “I think the TDC can save a $100,000 and reallocate the money to more important priorities if we brought that in-house.”

Lockley opposed re-awarding all four contracts without a formal bid process. His criticism came after Commissioner Pinki Jackel pushed for approval of the contracts.

Before voting on the staff hirings, the commissioners unanimously approved awarding of $120,000 in sustaining grants to seven area non-profits.

Sustaining grants of $20,000 were given for next year to the Dixie Theatre, Apalachicola’s Raney House Museum, which is administered by the Apalachicola Area Historical Society; the Carrabelle Lighthouse Association, which oversees the Crooked River Lighthouse; the Camp Gordon Johnston Museum, and the St George Lighthouse Association.

Grants of $10,000 were presented to the Apalachicola Center of History, Culture and the Arts, and the Carrabelle History Museum.

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