Okaloosa reviews Bellinger-Bos marketing agreement (DOCUMENT)

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

In an email to Bellinger the same day, Bos said he had received letter regarding “marketing annual contributions and it is fine.” He told Bellinger there was some furniture in the building but that he’d “better plan on accessorizing and computers.”

Bos said the emails show that the entire transaction was out in the open.

“I don’t have any idea what Mark told the commissioners,” he said. 

Bos said he trusted Bellinger because he was the head of the Tourist Development Council and authorized to make those decisions.

“What he said was submit the bill. We did and we get a county check. What more do we do?” Bos said. “Does every decision to buy every brochure, every pen and pencil and book have to go before a city council and a judge? You couldn’t run a government.”

Bos said he didn’t find Bellinger’s marketing agreement unusual because similar types of arrangements are common in advertising.

“I’ve got leases right now where I trade rent for radio time. That’s not weird to me,” he said. “That’s advertising. … We trade all kinds of things. It’s part of the hospitality business.”

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