Tourism leaders spar with Rob Williamson

The discord between District 4 County Commissioner Rob Williamson and some hospitality industry veterans has surfaced for the fourth time since November and made him a sometimes churlish minority of one on the Santa Rosa County Tourism Development Council.

Williamson, appointed to the council last year by his fellow commissioners, has broken with most the panel’s seven volunteer members on the funding of three tourism-related events and on their quest to delay the county’s scheduled Navarre Beach renourishment project until after next summer’s vacation season.

What’s more, Williamson scolded council members last week for speaking to a reporter about their concerns over tourism issues without first voicing them at a public commission meeting: “Instead of bringing them forward in the press, you could bring them forward in a county commission meeting.”

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