Williamson suspends turtle center funding

Santa Rosa District 4 Commissioner Rob Williamson isn’t satisfied that the Navarre Beach Sea Turtle Conservation Center has answered all his questions related to county fund expenditures, so he moved June 11 to suspend further payments to the organization.

Cinnamon Holderman, president of organization, said she was “blind sided” by Williamson’s move, stating he has never asked her for any information.

Williamson said he started asking for financial information in December 2014. “I just wanted to get a clear accounting on what was allcoated and how much had been spent,” he said.

“I have answers for you. I can tell you exactly where we are,” Santa Rosa County Budget Director Jayne Bell said. But Williamson continued to push for the suspension.

Santa Rosa County District 1 Commissioner Jayer Williamson asked his fellow commissioner to invite the organization representatives to the board’s June 22 meeting to address the matter.

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