GRADY COUNTY ADMINISTRATOR J.C. (Buddy) Johnson III, talks to a delegation of Leon County officials who joined local officials on a boat tour of Tired Creek Lake last week.
Grady County Lake Authority consultant Will Butler brought a delegation from Leon County to tour Tired Creek Lake with Grady County officials last Wednesday.
Leon County Commission Chairman Bryan Desloge, Visit Tallahassee Senior Marketing Director Katie Kole and Leon County Tourist Development Council Executive Director Kerri Post traveled up from Tallahassee to join Butler, Grady County Administrator J.C. (Buddy) Johnson III, Grady County Lake Authority Executive Director Mike Binion, Grady County Lake Authority member Eric Cohen, Grady County Commission Vice Chairman Keith Moye, Commissioner Ray Prince and Commissioner Phillip Drew for the informal gathering and tour of the lake and surrounding property.
“It was great having Chairman Desloge from the Leon County Board of Commissioners here. I believe this is proof that cooperation between our two counties is well on its way toward true success and growth,” Grady County Administrator Johnson said.
Earlier this year, Butler led negotiations between Grady County and Leon County officials that resulted in the execution of a memorandum of understanding regarding Tired Creek Lake. Up until then, Leon County was routinely filing complaints with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers about Grady County and its adherence to the federal 404 permit issued for the construction of the 960-acre lake.
“Will Butler’s contacts and involvement in this project has saved this county hundreds of thousands of dollars in unnecessary legal costs and mitigation. He successfully brought two former adversaries together as strong allies,” Johnson added.
Grady County officials say they also welcome Leon County tourism officials helping market the recreational opportunities available at the lake and in Grady County.
“We see this as a cooperative and collaborative opportunity that will benefit both Grady and Leon County citizens and visitors,” Johnson said. “We’re excited to have Leon County’s assistance in getting our lake noticed by visitors to and residents of North Florida.”
Last week’s gathering was held at the lake, which is open to the public, but no one attended other than the local and Leon County officials.