In a true David vs. Goliath Story a strike-all amendment by the local legislative delegation passed out of the Senate Appropriations Committee, stifling efforts by Raydient and it’s lobby, Associated Industries of Florida to pass language in SB- 324 that Nassau County Commissioners claimed would put taxpayers on the hook for millions of dollars in fees associated with the development of recreational facilities inside of the Wildlight District and the ENCPA.
County Commissioners returned to Tallahassee this week to continue to fight the amendments after (according to commissioners) as many as 30 lobbyists told lawmakers that the commissioners were trying to use extortion to get parks and recreation paid for.
This entire situation risks a huge failure for Raydient who spent more than a year crafting a proposal to get county commissioners on board. The Board approved a 12 percent tax relief for the ENCPA, and the creation of a private board to sell bonds to the public. The approval for the legislation passed out of the County Commission in 2016 on a 3-2 vote.
More on this story as it develops.