David Slays Goliath as Nassau County Beats Raydient in the Legislature

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.

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One Reply to “David Slays Goliath as Nassau County Beats Raydient in the Legislature”

  1. Michele Kling

    On the record, Rayonier told the commissioners that they would not use taxpayer funds for their project. In the event that they do use taxpayer funds I would be the first in line to start a lawsuit .
    Mike Mullins on the county side as well as Rayoners side also stated they would not use taxpayer funds. On many occasions and on the record I reminded the County Commissioners that NO taxpayer funds would be used for this project. Mike Mullins, esquire as The attorney for Rayonier and later for the county also confirmed the statement.
    I suggest anyone interested in this on the record statement request public records.

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