The Triumph Gulf Coast Board of Directors began the process of reviewing pre-submitted projects at their January board meeting. First, however, a new board member was introduced after Bob Bonezzi resigned from the board on January 12th. Speaker Richard Corcoran appointed Benjamin Lee of Lynn Haven to replace Bonnezi. Lee is City President/Commercial Manager of Hancock Bank in Panama City. You can read Bonezzi’s resignation letter here. January’s meeting was also the first with former Florida Senate President Don Gaetz serving as chairman
In December, Triumph Gulf Coast hired new staff members to assist with the analysis of project submissions. Dr. Rick Harper left the University of West Florida to serve as the Economic Advisor for Triumph Gulf Coast and Ms. Cori Henderson, formerly of Enterprise Florida, was hired as the Program Administrator. Harper and Henderson provided an overview of how they will analyze projects and were to clear to point out that even if a submitted project has missing components, the staff will work with the submitting party on any problems they are having with their application.
The Triumph Gulf Coast staff released the initial list of pre-applications that did not meet the statutory requirements found in last year’s Triumph legislation. The staff reiterated that these pre-applicants can still go forward with submitting a full application if they wish. The list of 24 pre-applications that were considered non-compliant with the Triumph legislation are:
#2 Miracle Strip Mgmt, LLC, Lynn Haven Office/Warehouse
#3 Miracle Strip Mgmt, LLC, Miracle Strip Warehouses
#6 Robert Condon, Petrochemical Clean Up Co.
#7 Dr. Phillip Renfroe Airport Multispecialty Medical Clinic
#9 Florida Community Services Corp of Walton County, US 133 Water Transmission Line – Phase One
#15 La Vie Et Belle, Papillion Pavillion
#16 Cellarus Partners, LLC, Emerald Coast Motorsports Park
#17 FSU College of Law, Center for Econ Opportunity for Veterans
#18 North Pt St Joe PAC, MLK Boulevard Redevelopment Project
#31 St. Marks Refuge Association, Lighthouse Repair and Improvements
#37 SocialDesk Enterprises, Tri-Net Fiber Optic Project Planning
#55 Eastern Shipbuilding Group,Inc., EastShip Manufacturing/Haul Out Facilities
#66 B & C Technologies Manufacturing Partnership
#67 Pumpout USA, Inc., Gulf Coast Economy Preservation Project
#86 TechFarms Capital Mgmt, Triumph Angel Fund - TechFarms Capital
#92 Panacea Oyster Co-op, Oyster Processing Expansion & Ecotourism
#93 Panacea Oyster Co-op, Value Added Oyster Processing
#94 Bay Defense Alliance, Defense Technology Innovation Center
#97 City of Pensacola, Affordable Housing Program
#101 Alaqua Animal Refuge, Advanced Animal Medical Facility
#103 Medical Risk Solutions, Primary Care/Pharmacy
#104 Flotilla 1-4, Multi-purpose Vessel
#107 Destin Fisherman's Co-op, Fisherman's Boatyard Construction-Freeport
#113 Finch Transportation, Walton County Transit System
Triumph staff will now be sending letters to all project pre-submitters that met the statutory requirements for Triumph and will be working with those submitters on their full applications. Cori Henderson did say that they hoped to have full applications coming into them in the next 45 days.
Earlier in January, counsel for Triumph Gulf Coast sent a letter to Senate President Joe Negron and House Speaker Richard Corcoran asking for clarification on three issues related to the legislation passed last year. The three issues are:
During member comments, board member Allan Bense stated that during his review he saw a large number of infrastructure projects that should be handled by local government instead of Triumph funds.