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New website aims to hold elected officials in Okaloosa County accountable

New website aims to hold elected officials in Okaloosa County accountable

The website is AccountabilityOkaloosa.com created by Okaloosa County. It is a campaign to put the priorities of regular citizens at the forefront with elected officials. From its About page: "Through digital contact and live town hall meetings, we aspire to learn more about the issues which [...]

Walton County TDC has BP gift card issue, too

Walton County TDC has BP gift card issue, too

One of my favorite investigative reporters, Tom McLaughlin with the Fort Walton Daily News, reports today that auditors found the Walton County TDC had "inadequate" controls that prevented completely accounting for $121,000 worth of gift cards. The auditors found $10,750 worth of the cars that [...]

State Attorney agrees to not prosecute Vision Airlines

When the Vision Airlines pulled out of the Okaloosa County airport leaving behind more than $100,000 in Passenger Facility Charges, the state attorney filed charges for First Degree Grand Theft. Today State Attorney Bill Eddins announced that he has entered a Nolle Prosequi (not prosecute) in the [...]

State wants further audit of Okaloosa County finances

State wants further audit of Okaloosa County finances

The state’s Joint Legislative Auditing Committee ordered yesterday a countywide audit of all Okaloosa County finances as well as an audit of the Clerk of Court’s Office. The Auditing Committee, composed of six state representatives and five senators, has direct oversight of the Auditor [...]

Mayor’s marketing firm cited in Auditor General’s audit of Okaloosa TDC

Mayor’s marketing firm cited in Auditor General’s audit of Okaloosa TDC

The Florida Auditor General’s Office has released its audit report of the Okaloosa County Commission’s oversight of the Tourist Development Council and the TDC's use of bed taxes and BP funds. The report points out the lack of oversight by the county commission and TDC board over its [...]

School Board approves funds for deputies in elementary schools. Sigh, Okaloosa not Escambia

School Board approves funds for deputies in elementary schools. Sigh, Okaloosa not Escambia

While Superintendent Malcolm Thomas is forming a task force on school safety, Okaloosa County is moving rapidly ahead on putting deputies in its elementary schools. And Okaloosa County is doing it with the cooperation of the county commission, school board and sheriff’s office. The Okaloosa [...]

Official arrested being paid to raise money for festival

Official arrested being paid to raise money for festival

Okaloosa County Commissioner James F. Campbell was arrested today and charged with four counts of official misconduct and four counts of perjury. According to the arrest report, Campbell, who was elected in 2004, received more than $10,000 in payments from the Boggy Bayou Mullet Festival under [...]

Gilmore Deposition for Valentino trial

Tomorrow, Okaloosa County Judge Jim Ward will rule on a motion by Barry Beroset to dismiss the misdemeanor charges for campaign solicitation in a government building against Escambia County Commissioner Gene Valentino. The actual trial is set for Aug. 16 in Crestview. I strolled over to the [...]

More details on Morris kick-back scandal

More details on Morris kick-back scandal

Daily News reports: Attorneys for Michael Coup, Sandra Norris and David Yacks, Okaloosa County deputies and officials accused in bonus kickback scheme concocted by jailed former Sheriff Charlie Morris, will be asking a jury why those clients were selected for prosecution on racketeering charges [...]

SRIA misuses beautification funds

The Santa Rosa Island Authority has a beautification fund. Has the SRIA used that fund to buy equipment to get the tar balls and oil off the beach? No. How about buying a skimmer or another sand rake/sifter? No. The SRIA voted last Wednesday to pay $500,000 to build a stage on private [...]

News: Okaloosa County awaits BP oil onslaught

Northwest Florida Daily News reports: As Walton County beaches witnessed their heaviest showing of tar balls to date, Okaloosa officials are gearing up for a second strong wave of weathered oil to hit shores Monday. Read more.

BP contacts can’t answer many questions, no surprise

BP contacts can’t answer many questions, no surprise

State Senator Don Gaetz emailed last week to the media and his constituents the list of BP Contacts in Florida. I had reporter Ryne Ziemba contact them to find who they were, what were their levels of expertise and how long they have been working with British Petroleum. Four of them took his phone [...]

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