Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Council Deft at Dodging

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Council Deft at Dodging

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Byline: Lamar Thames, County Line editor

You have to hand it to the majority of the Orange Park Town Council. They took a sensitive issue of alcohol sales and managed to skirt it without making too many folks mad.

Well, Clay County Development Authority Executive Director Orien Pass might have been upset with them, but probably not too many others. Pass, as a member of the board of directors at Club Continental, had requested the town consider moving Sunday liquor sales from 1 p.m. to 11 a.m.

Phyllis Vancas, who chaired the committee that brought the issue to the full council, did her part and made the motion for the council to consider the proposal. I wasn't there, but from what I've heard, the air was thick in the chambers as the council members waited for a second to the motion.

Finally, with no second in sight, the motion died an agonizing death.

"I thought I had the support of the council on this," Pass said later. "But I guess I didn't."

Whether the motion would have passed is anyone's guess and I'm not about to venture into that area. Steve Jones had let his feelings be known up front, an admirable quality. And at least Vancas put it out there for the council to consider.

No one else, however, took the ball and ran with it. The residents of Orange Park still don't know how the other three council members feel about the issue.


Marilyn Haddock of the Clay County Historical Society said the group made $450 from a rummage sale last weekend. They might have raised more except for one eager volunteer who took a suggestion from Haddock too literally.

"We had a twin bed for sale late in the day and I told my helper that we needed to move it," she said in an e-mail. "When the next customer came by and asked about the price, [the volunteer] said it was free. Well, needless to say she moved it all right. Then we delivered the bed to Penney Farms for free and the lady was thrilled to get it. She did pay 50 cents for a blouse. …

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