Bonifay City and Kiwanis Club come to terms

Published: Tuesday, September 10, 2013 at 04:40 PM.

“Beach Boy Reality has been serving the panhandle for over 31 years,” said Gonsalves. “Bonifay has over 18,000 vehicles traveling through a day and growing, it’s about time we grew to accommodate.”

Resident Jerry Cooley came before the council with an issue that he was having with his neighbor, Council Member Richard Woodham.

“Five years ago I talked with my neighbor, Mr. Woodham, about splitting surplus land,” said Cooley. “I thought that you had to notify adjoining landowners and give them a chance to have the land split. Woodham decided to keep the whole thing to himself.”

Taylor explained to him that it was presented to the council on Jan. 25, 2010, however the land was considered city property.

“Counties are bound by different policies on how they deal with land, however, as this is city property they have different rules and they don’t have to advertise and they don’t have to notify the public when dealing with their land,” said Taylor.

Cooley said that he understood but he felt betrayed.

“I wouldn’t have taken this so serious if I hadn’t talked with Woodham before hand about dividing that land,” said Cooley. “I believe in justice and I believe this was underhanded and dishonest.”

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