Some TDC members say request to resign unfair (DOCUMENT)

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Published: Friday, February 8, 2013 at 11:32 AM.

Some Okaloosa County Tourist Development Council members on Wednesday continued to criticize the county’s call for their resignations.

TDC Chairman Warren Gourley, who has not yet resigned his seat, said county commissioners are placing blame on a panel of volunteers who “do not actually authorize anything.”

He said the commissioners’ decision is a result of the tough questions Northwest Florida lawmakers asked county officials at a recent delegation meeting.

“The delegation asked some pointed questions there: ‘Who have you fired?’ ” Gourley said. “So far, the county hasn’t done anything but deflect. And that’s what this is, a deflection.”

TDC members Patricia Hardiman and Nick Nicholson already have submitted their resignations.

“I can understand the county wanting a new beginning,” Nicholson said.

It’s important to remember that the “TDC is strictly an advisory board,” he added.

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