On October 22, 2019, after weeks and weeks of meeting at First City Bank, the Fort Walton Beach Watch Group packed city hall to voice their opposition one last time to City Council regarding the Fire Assessment Fee.
At the time, the group was under the name Hoodwinked and some 13,000 brochures had been mailed a week earlier to city residents.
Local business owner and member of the Watch Group, Travis Smith, answered some questions over the weekend.
“We were chastised for not being involved in the process sooner, it was implied to us that we were ignorant by Councilwoman Jamieson and that we needed to move by Councilman Kelley if we didn’t like it.”
What is the Watch Group?
“There has been an awakening in this community. The group was recently formed by business and civic leaders representing virtually every type of business and profession; this group is also represented by many former council members and chamber presidents. Our membership is open to all citizens who are genuinely concerned about the current governance of our city. ”
What does the group believe?
“We do not believe government growth should precede community growth. We seek a change that will assure our city council will follow the voice of the community they were elected to represent.”
What is the goal of the group?
“The goal of the FWB Watch Group is to restore integrity and accountability to the City Government of Fort Walton Beach, and we plan to achieve that by any means necessary. This can include, if necessary, charter amendments, lawsuits, and recalling City Council members.”
had previously been operating a Facebook Group. Last week a public Facebook Page