Commission to extend invitation to PCI officials

Published 12:14 pm Monday, June 11, 2012

Escambia County Commissioners agreed that meeting with members of the Poarch Band of Creek Indians Tribal Council is the next step in finding a resolution to a conflict between the two governmental bodies following an opinion on taxations questions issued by the secretary of interior last week.

Commissioner David Quarker, who serves the district, which includes the Wind Creek Casino and Hotel facility, said a meeting with Tribal officials is in order.

“I think the answer e received was vague and didn’t answer our question,” Quarker said. “I think we need to accept that for the time being. I think that it is important that we step back and sit down with PCI and come up with a resolution to this issue. I have talked with Arthur Mothershed and he is willing to sit down and discuss some possibilities.”

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Commissioners agreed to have a letter of invitation sent to Tribal officials from the group to plan a meeting to discuss options and possibilities in working out an agreement between the two groups.