Okaloosa reviews Bellinger-Bos marketing agreement (DOCUMENT)

Published: Monday, April 1, 2013 at 10:07 AM.

 He said the $42,000 “was well spent.”

“As far as I’m concerned … it was authorized and (the county) got more than their money’s worth,” Bos said.

But commissioners say the agreement was never authorized and that Bellinger paid Bos without their approval.

In an email sent July 5, 2011, Bellinger told Bos he was going to “begin lobbying efforts” for the HarborWalk building with each county commissioner.

Read the emails from Mark Bellinger to Peter Bos.

“I am going to let them know that the building lease is $1 per year and that it will come furnished for us, as you and I have discussed. My marketing and advertising initiatives are a different topic all together with Legendary. … My sales pitch to them is the numerous reasons why I need to have a welcome center and additional office space in the City of Destin.”

Included in the email was a letter about a five-year “cooperative marketing and advertising initiative” conditional upon the commissioners’ approval of the $1 lease for the HarborWalk building. Under the agreement, Bellinger would pay Legendary $42,000 a year for the first two years and $48,000 a year for the remaining three years.



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