Walton Co. Commissioner Meeting Turns into Heated Discussion

Walton County Small Business Association members showed up an hour early for Thursday night's meeting, a tactic they thought would intimidate the Commission.

For weeks SBA members have been discussing with Commissioners individually about forming a Blue Ribbon Committee, after a proposed parking ordinance was brought to their attention.

At Thursday’s meeting all boundaries were broken.

"We want to make solutions, but the way things are going about, that isn't happening,” said Gary Shipman, Spokesperson for the SBA.

Shipman gave his speech on the benefits the Blue Ribbon Committee could have for the county and community.

But Commissioner Cindy Meadows was not convinced.

"I think a committee narrows it down and limits it to a select few which we are trying to get away from,” said Commissioner Cindy Meadows. “Those select few have may have an agenda and for what they are pushing for and it goes on and on."

From there it became a battle between business owners, and Commissioner Meadows.

"Ninety percent of you in this room, I have never seen before on any other issue pertaining to the community,” said Commissioner Meadows.

"This is what is right for this county,” said Shipman.

After minutes of bickering back and forth, the Commissioners decided to push the issue onto the next meeting’s agenda.

In the meantime, they have decided to table the parking ordinance.


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