TDC members sound off on state subpoenas (VIDEO)

Published: Wednesday, February 13, 2013 at 11:12 AM.

Houchins and other TDC members said they never approved Bellinger’s illegal or unauthorized expenditures.

“Yet we’re the only ones who are asked to resign,” Houchins said. “Isn’t that amazing?”

County commissioners requested the resignations of the county-appointed TDC members on Feb. 5. The nine-member board is comprised of six county-appointed seats. a County Commission liaison and two seats appointed by the Destin and Fort Walton Beach City Councils.

Two of the county-appointed seats were vacant. The other four were held by Houchins, Gourley, Nick Nicholson and Patricia Hardiman.

Houchins, Nicholson and Hardiman have resigned. Gourley, who owns Venus and Seacrest condominiums on the island, has refused to step down.

“There’s no reason for me to resign or the other (members),” Gourley said. “We did nothing wrong but contribute our time and our talents.”

County Administrator Jim Curry said Tuesday he will notify county commissioners of Gourley’s decision. The board will then have to decide whether to remove him from office, he said.

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