Okaloosa approves contract with new promotions firm (DOCUMENT)

Published: Wednesday, December 5, 2012 at 10:31 AM.

Bellinger, the former director of the Tourist Development Council, killed himself May 4 after it was revealed he had purchased a $710,000 yacht with county bed tax money.

Since then, the list of items he bought illegally or without county approval grew to include a $740,000 home in Destin, a $48,000 Porsche, RVs, customized motorcycles and a building lease.

Under Bellinger, the county’s two main advertising firms were given a high degree of freedom in how they spent money on behalf of the county and how they were reimbursed.

Under the current contract, Peter Mayer will not be allowed to spend county money without written authorization.

All purchases and expenses up to $25,000 must be approved by a department head and the purchasing director. All purchases and expenses between $25,000 and $50,000 must be approved by a department head, the county administrator and the purchasing director.

Purchases and expenses greater than $50,000 must be approved by the county commissioners.

Contact Daily News Staff Writer Kari Barlow at 850-315-4438 or kbarlow@nwfdailynews.com. Follow her on Twitter @KariBnwfdn.

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