A visit from Argenziano
Among the people who popped up on the governor's schedule Monday: Nancy Argenziano, who was appointed last year to the Public Service Commission by Gov. Charlie Crist because, as he said then, she has "a heart for the people" and would make sure that the utility board would look out for consumers.
Argenziano didn't want to discuss all of her talk with Crist. But she said she urged him to veto the so-called seagrass mitigation bill critics say will encourage waterfront development. She also spoke in support of the Inglis lock between Citrus and Levy counties. The budget Crist will act on in the next couple of days has $4-million for the state to buy and close the lock, built decades ago for the ill-fated Cross-Florida Barge Canal).
She also complained to Crist that the PSC agreed to participate in a so-called MatchMaker program in which state agencies help minority-owned businesses seek state contracts. As a regulatory and quasi-judicial body, she said, the PSC has no business cozying up to any businesses. "Any kind of solicitation is not a good idea," Argenziano said in an interview. "As a commissioner, I was out of the loop. The chairman (Matthew Carter) just decided to go do something." (Here's the news release trumpeting the PSC's MatchMaker role).