Coley gives Legislative update to Chamber

Published: Thursday, May 16, 2013 at 06:50 PM.

CHIPLEY — A bill championed by the Washington County Chamber of Commerce made it through both the Florida Legislature, but not without some political maneuvering, said Representative Marti Coley (R- District 5) on Thursday in Chipley.

 “This was a most productive Legislative session, maybe the most productive one since I have been in the Legislature,” Coley said.

Coley was in town visiting the Chamber’s Third Thursday breakfast meeting at Northwest Florida Community Hospital. Coley is the Speaker of the House pro tempore and has served in the House since 2005. Redistricting last year resulted in the Jackson County native becoming the representative for Washington County.

“Your Chamber director brought this idea to me of expanding the Enterprise Zones to make them work better for the rural counties,” Coley said, referring to Executive Director Ted Everett. “And he said, ‘You know, this isn’t just good for Washington County. It would be good for the whole state.’”

Coley said she was excited to be able to support legislation that was not only good for her district, but that could make a difference for the entire state. “There are rural areas down in south Florida, too,” she said. “And to me, this is where it becomes exciting to be a Representative — when you meet with people and they have ideas that make a difference for not just their region, but for everybody.”

The new legislation expands Enterprise Zones for up to three miles, and will extend existing zones for up to five miles.

Everett said this change in the Enterprise Zone laws could be huge for Washington County, especially in the Ebro area.  “This can be a huge game-changer for Ebro.”



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