Crestview chamber responds to Walton County golf tourney criticism

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Published: Monday, March 25, 2013 at 10:45 AM.

CRESTVIEW — A resident’s criticism of the Crestview Area Chamber of Commerce’s decision to schedule a Mossy Head golfing event is “much ado about nothing,” a chamber spokesperson said.

The annual Hacker's Holiday golf tournament — which reportedly raises around $6,000 annually for the chamber’s general fund — is May 25 at Blackstone Golf Course in Mossy Head. Kim Sulipeck thinks it should be here at Foxwood County Club.

She contended in an email that the chamber compromises its mission statement — which, she said, involves exclusively supporting Crestview area businesses and organizations — by having the event in Walton County.

"It's giving the city a black eye," she said. "I can't understand why they would do this."

But the chamber doesn’t single out Crestview as the lone community that it supports, said County Commissioner Wayne Harris, the association’s executive director.

He referenced the document, which states, "We are the premier business advocate in the Crestview area community, providing membership services and proactive leadership to promote responsible economic development, business success, and a high quality of life.”  

The broad “Crestview area” reference could encompass neighboring Walton County and surrounding areas, Harris said.

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