Development Commission Tops Gulfport Council Agenda

GULFPORT (WLOX) -- On June 24th, three said yes, three said no and councilman Brian Carriere's abstainment meant that, for now, Hancock Bank President George Schloegel will not be on Gulfport's new development commission.

"I don't feel comfortable with Mr. Schloegel serving on this board. I feel that there is a conflict. That's my personal opinion. I'm entitled to have that," said Ward 7 councilwoman Barbara Nalley.

During that meeting Nalley, Neil Resh and Ella Holmes Hines voted against Mayor Brent Warr's appointment of George Schloegel. That vote infuriated Mayor Brent Warr.

"It's unacceptable. That's irresponsible for the residents of the city of Gulfport, and it should not be stood for or tolerated," Warr said.

Since the June 24th meeting, all of the council members have stood by their decisions. This week it will be up to one of the three council members who voted against Schloegal to reconsider making him apart of the development commission. Something ward two councilwoman Libby Milner-Roland is hoping will happen.

"He is familiar with dealing with these huge developers. I'm talking major league international developers, and I don't know who else has this much expertise and has been doing it as long as he has that is actually a Gulfport resident," said Milner-Roland.

If one of those three council members makes the motion to reconsider Scholegel, maybe this time all seven council members will vote. Otherwise, Mayor Warr will have to go back to the drawing board to find out who will ultimately fill both seats on the new Gulfport development commission.

Gulfport's city council meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, July 8 at 2:30 pm.