St. George Islanders mull incorporation

Published: Tuesday, July 1, 2014 at 12:44 PM.

 “There, the push to incorporate was to prevent overdevelopment but once (Destin incorporated) the membership of the council changed and everyone rushed to sell their property to the developers,” she said. “Is there anything we can do to ensure this doesn’t streamline development?”

Colston said that issue could be addressed in the municipal charter. “Two realtors told me to make sure that realtors don’t rule the board,” he said. “There should be no more than one at a time.”

Another island resident said, “A huge amount of issues are on the table. (Nobody here tonight) represents a business. Nobody represents (commercial) fishermen. If there’s an emergency and you become a city, you own it. (There should be a) huge cost benefit study. I would hate to see you go down this path and not have enough information. I’m willing to help but I want to see it done for the benefit of the island.”

Colston stressed that “We don’t have all the answers and we’re not pretending we do. There will have another couple of meetings this fall.

The incorporation committee is requesting help from volunteers and seeking signatures on a petition to take before the county commission. In particular, they are looking for help with the financial plan and with the geographic aspects of incorporation.

Anyone who would like to sign the petition or to volunteer can contact Carol Tally at or Newt Colston at or call 927-3001.

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