My guess is that county commissioners have already figured out that part of the reason opposition to the medical waste incinerator east of Macclenny grew legs so swiftly is because of the perception that the wheeling and dealing had taken place out of the sunshine.
That’s not to diminish the environmental concerns held by opponents, but that perception of “good ole’ boy” deal making didn’t help matters for the proponents of the plan.
First some background.
Yes, officials of Integrated Waste Management Systems [IWMS], along with Darryl Register, director of the both Chamber of Commerce and Baker County Development Commission, lobbied individual commissioners before the plan surfaced two months ago.
Others, including yours truly, were aware the company was seeking support, both financially and otherwise, to locate the incinerator at Enterprise East. The plan had been floated the better part of one year.
Mr. Register, in fact, sought to delay the initial press coverage of the initiative for a brief period, citing fear of losing state funding for infrastructure. That was the week the legal notices for public hearings on the company’s development agreement were scheduled to publish. We declined the request and published the initial article that ignited a storm of protest.
Many yelled that there was a Sunshine Law violation lurking somewhere in that incinerator plan because it was obvious officials, both city and county, were aware of it.