Chamber plans to revive PAC

Matt Algarin

After about five years of inactivity, the Destin Area Chamber of Commerce is in the process of breathing life into its political action committee — Citizens for Good Leadership.

"It was real active when I got here in 2004," said Shane Moody, president and CEO of the Destin chamber. "It's kind of ebbed and flowed since then."

The CGL PAC, which would be governed by states rules, would serve as the chamber's political action arm, as they cannot officially endorse candidates, make donations or advertise on behalf of someone.

Essentially, the group would be tasked with finding hard working, politically-minded individuals in the community that can help advance the goals of the chamber, which include diversifying the economy and community development.

In order to form the committee, there must be enough participants to form a board of directors, and there must be a president, vice president, treasurer and secretary. Members of the committee must pay $100 to join.

"There are a number of folks in the community that would like to see this group re-energized," Moody told The Log.

Looking back, Moody said the CGL were really involved in the beach restoration debates that took place in the early to mid part of the decade. He said members of the committee proved to be "quite effective" in finding pro-beach restoration candidates to fill spots on the city council and county commission.

Those interested in learning more about the Citizens for Good Leadership PAC can call the chamber at 837-2711. There will be a meeting held at the chamber building at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 30 for those interested in joining.

"We really need to work hard to get the right people on the city council and other boards and committees," Moody said. "The most important part of politics is local politics."