Turtle turmoil resurfaces at County Commission

Gigi the loggerhead sea turtle and District 4 Commissioner Rob Williamson have never seen each other.

That’s because she’s blind and Williamson has never visited the Navarre Beach Sea Turtle Conservation Center, where Gigi lives under the care of volunteers he occasionally feuds with over finances.

The latest round erupted at Monday’s board meeting when Williamson sparred with the center’s board president, Yvonne Harper. He objected to a request by Harper–who ran unsuccessfully against Williamson for the District 4 seat in 2013 – to extend the turtle facility’s lease for 10 years to 2026.

“I would like to see ‘termination at will language” inserted in a new lease, Williamson said. He also suggested that the lease be limited to five years.

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