PANAMA CITY BEACH, FL – TDC/CVB Tourism Board Chairman Mr. Phillip W. “Griff” Griffitts, Jr. on Jan. 12, 2016, voted to give $25,000.00 to his wealthy campaign contributor Ms. Martha “Sister” Blackmon-Milligan to promote her “Big Lick” Gulf Coast Trainers Horse Show. Ms. Milligan listed the Board Chairman’s father, Mr.Phillip W. Griffitts, Sr., as President of the Gulf Coast Charity Celebration Association, Inc. on the most recent Federal Tax return and Annual Report filed with the Florida Secretary of State for the corporation.
Mr. Phillip W. Griffitts, Sr. contacted www.billygoboy.com on Friday March 4, 2016, and disavowed any connection to Ms. Milligan’s Gulf Coast Trainers Horse Show. He said, “Went to the first meeting (1999) and haven’t been back since”.
TDC/CVB BOARD CHAIRMAN MR. PHILLIP W. “GRIFF” GRIFFITTS, JR.
The public scrutiny in the NW Panhandle of Florida throughout America and around the World is building now as the Citizens Campaign Against Big Lick Animal Cruelty and local citizens will appear before the TDC/CVB Tourism Board at 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday. March 8, 2016, to urge the Tourism Board to vote to not give Ms. “Sister” Blackmon-Milligan one penny of tourism tax money to promote “Big Lick” Animal Cruelty.
A new Facebook Video is now circulating on social media which has reached over 10,000 persons in the first 12 hours:
And this Ad appeared in the March 6, 2016, Sunday edition of the Panama City News Herald newspaper:
And this Ad is appearing on the digital website of the Panama City News Herald newspaper.
The Citizens Campaign was notified by email late Friday afternoon from TDC/CEO Executive Director Mr. Dan Rowe, that the TDC/CVB Tourism Board acting Chairman would not allow the Citizens Campaign representative a place on the meeting Agenda, but instead, citizens would be allowed to speak during the public comments part of the meeting. Mr. Rowe advised that since Ms Martha “Sister” Blackmon-Milligan was a campaign contributor to Mr. Phillip W. “Griff” Griffitts, Jr. running for re-election as Bay County Commissioner, the decision to deny the Citizens Campaign an Agenda slot was made by Tourism Board Vice Chairman Mr. Andy Phillips.
TOURISM BOARD VICE CHAIRMAN MR. ANDY PHILLIPS (FAR LEFT)
Reporting from “The Beach”.