$7,500 to lobbyists?

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  1. scooterbug44

    scooterbug44 SoWal Expert

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    From the Walton Sun:
    Why is this something we are spending money on? Aren't our elected reps already supposed to be spearheading this legislation and garnering support?

    All of the environmental projects I have heard so far are also job creators and designed to increase visitors and revenue. Why do we need another category that possibly opens the door to BP monies being used for pet projects instead of fixing and combating the environmental damage?

    Not to mention I am a little concerned about what the usual suspects can finagle under this heading. The local environment needs this money far more than we need a TDC Taj Mahal.
     
  2. Jim Tucker

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    Lobbying is the name of the game. It is at the foundation of our politics now for better (doubtful) or worse. Have no illusions, you have to spend money to get money. Most local officials don't have the time, knowledge, or connections to get what they want from the state or federal governments.

    Apparently the BP funds were setup as different buckets with specific uses and guidelines. I am not saying you are wrong as to what money should have been spent on but at this point it's just noise because those guidelines were put in place awhile ago. No offense but you sound ignorant of the big picture.

    I'm not sure the TDC is on the right track or not. I don't feel the need to judge, praise, or throw stiones. I'll leave that up to the resorts who are paying their salaries. The act in question in your quote is not related to building a visitors' center and characterizing it as a Taj Mahal is ridiculous since they are still in the stage of acquiring land and planning. Unless you know something we don't, then please share. It sounds like you have a bur in your saddle. Did you work for the TDC?
     
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    scooterbug44 SoWal Expert

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    I'm not talking about local officials (though we do pay them additional monies to lobby for us), I am talking about Senators and Congressman.
     
  4. Mango

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    It looks like our area Congressman are sponsoring the Bill. Looks like the Bill is written to use BP fines for economic development on both a federal and local level, if I am understanding correctly:


    Read more: http://www.newsherald.com/articles/sign-97410-washington-act.html#ixzz1dQ4x8jto

    HOWEVER, based on this article, it looks like Florida’s Great Northwest was responsible for economic development on a Federal level, as well as allocating funds to each County for use.


    Read more: http://www.nwfdailynews.com/articles/region-44456-sandestin-funds.html#ixzz1dQ6nId3b

    So, unsure why the Counties feel the need to lobby themselves when Florida's Great Northwest did such a bang up job as evidenced by record breaking bed taxes.


     
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  5. greenteafreak

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    RESTORE Act

    I believe the Senate version of this bill stresses the money be used for habitat restoration, the House version added the economic. I'd like to see all the monies go to habitat restoration myself.
     
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    As Jim45 said, lobbying is a part of the political spectrum and despite what many think, not all of it is bad. The best arguments we can put forth for the proposed funds, the better. And despite your feelings SB44, there are other needs in the area besides environmental ones.
     
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    The money in question is fines for destroying the environment. I think that money should be put to use as intended - to ameliorate the damage. Doing that creates jobs and helps the local economy.

    Taking that money and using it for other things has the opposite effect.

    Plus I find it hard to believe that $7,500 in lobbying on a national issue can have much effect. We can't even take a survey for that price.
     

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