Make us your home page

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Embattled Hernando dredge project manager to stay on job

BROOKSVILLE — Under fire for his professional experience and his business and personal finances, Greg Jarque was offered an opportunity to walk away from his job as dredging project manager by County Administrator David Hamilton on Wednesday.

Jarque's response was that he wanted to stay and as the sun rose on Hernando Beach on Thursday, he was at the dredge site working to move the long-stalled project ahead, Hamilton said.

Officials were preparing contract details Thursday that would formalize the hiring of Jarque's Gritz Development and Construction firm to oversee the vexing project, which has dragged on for years. The contract would cost the county $152,500.

"Mr. Jarque has no intention of resigning,'' Hamilton said.

"I did meet with Mr. Jarque yesterday and (Transportation Services Director) Susan Goebel to give him the opportunity to reconsider, given that this is pulling his family and his business into the spotlight.''

Jarque's background, experience and finances were all part of the eight pages of concerns that County Commissioner Jeff Stabins submitted in his open letter to Hamilton earlier this week. Stabins wants a discussion by the commission Tuesday about whether Hamilton's record is good enough to keep him on the job.

Stabins also has criticized Hamilton's pick of Jarque saying that he is a "crony" of Hamilton's wife, Linda.

Jarque, who got his general contractor license in 2008, has never done a dredge before. He has served as manager of the project to build the training center and hurricane shelter at Arc Nature Coast, where Linda Hamilton has worked in fundraising.

Stabins also made an issue of Jarque's failure to pay thousands of dollars in fire assessments on his other business, Omni Circuits International, since a previously proposed subcontractor on the dredge was criticized because he had owed the county money.

Jarque has not responded to media requests to talk about those fire assessments and personal property taxes in arrears on the tax collector's website.

Hamilton said answers to those questions and Jarque's qualifications will be brought forward to the commission Tuesday.

"I recommended him because he has a record for bringing projects in ahead of time and on budget without change orders and that's exactly what he intends to do if the board approves his contract,'' Hamilton said.

He added that, currently, the dredge project is ahead of schedule.

Barbara Behrendt can be reached at or (352) 848-1434.

Embattled Hernando dredge project manager to stay on job 04/07/11 [Last modified: Thursday, April 7, 2011 6:24pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Trigaux: How Moffitt Cancer's M2Gen startup won $75 million from Hearst


    TAMPA — A Moffitt Cancer Center spin-off that's building a massive genetic data base of individual patient cancer information just caught the attention of a deep-pocketed health care investor.

    Richard P. Malloch is the president of Hearst Business Media, which is announcing a $75 million investment in M2Gen, the for-profit cancer informatics unit spun off by Tampa's Moffitt Cancer Center. Malloch's job is to find innovative investments for the Hearst family fortune. A substantial amount has been invested in health care, financial and the transportation and logistics industries.
  2. A boat lays on its side off the shore of Sainte-Anne on the French Caribbean island of Guadeloupe, early Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017, after the passing of Hurricane Maria. [Dominique Chomereau-Lamotte | Associated Press]
  3. 7.1 magnitude quake kills at least 149, collapses buildings in Mexico


    MEXICO CITY — A magnitude 7.1 earthquake stunned central Mexico on Tuesday, killing at least 149 people as buildings collapsed in plumes of dust. Thousands fled into the streets in panic, and many stayed to help rescue those trapped.

    A woman is lifted on a stretcher from of a building that collapsed during an earthquake in Mexico City, Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017. [Rebecca Blackwell | Associated Press]
  4. FHP seeks semitrailer truck driver that left fiery wreck on I-75


    TAMPA — The Florida Highway Patrol is looking for the driver of a semitrailer truck that sped off from an Interstate 75 crash that left another car burning on Tuesday afternoon.

    Troopers were looking for the driver of a semitrailer truck that sped off from an accident scene on Interstate 75 in Tampa on Tuesday afternoon that caused a car to catch fire. [Courtesy of Florida Highway Patrol]
  5. Joe Maddon gets warm reception in return to the Trop

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — The night was arranged to honor former Rays manager Joe Maddon in his first visit back to the Trop, and the standing ovation from the bipartisan crowd and scoreboard video tribute seemed proper acknowledgments of his hefty role in the Rays' success during his nine-year stint.

    Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon (70) talks with reporters during a press conference before the start of the game between the Chicago Cubs and the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla. on Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017.