Okaloosa TDC probe expands

Published: Monday, October 29, 2012 at 03:43 PM.

Numerous county officials, business leaders and media representatives went along. They included Harris, Curry, county public information officer Kathy Newby, county Airports Director Greg Donovan and Deputy Director Mike Stenson.

Media members invited included radio, television and newspaper reporters.

The county paid $3,202 for 13 hotel rooms and food costs, and $2,448.09 in plane fare, records indicate.

Much of the food and apparently all of the sightseeing expenses were covered by entities other than Okaloosa County, available records show.

Harris said the weekend in Niagara Falls “was truly a business trip” to mark Vision Airlines’ inaugural flight from Okaloosa County.

“There was nothing untoward about it,” he said. “I think the sheriff’s getting a little carried away with himself.”

Ashley declined to comment on the investigation.

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