Make us your home page
Instagram

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Hernando housing panel excludes two

BROOKSVILLE — To keep the county's affordable housing program up and running, the County Commission this week appointed members to a new Affordable Housing Advisory Committee.

But as they discussed the appointments Tuesday, they skirted around an 800-pound gorilla in the room.

When Commissioner Dave Russell moved to appoint the 10 people to the committee who were brought forward by Donald Singer, executive director of the county's housing authority, he could not get a second.

Later, Commissioner Diane Rowden made a motion for eight of the 10, and it passed with only Russell voting no. What commissioners didn't discuss was the two names left off the list: Blaise Ingoglia and Z. Vernon Hall.

Ingoglia is the Spring Hill home builder and professional poker player behind last year's Government Gone Wild seminars. Hall is his business partner and manager of his mortgage company.

Ingoglia has publicly declared his vow to unseat incumbent Commissioners Rowden, Jeff Stabins and Chris Kingsley, all of whom voted Tuesday on the committee list that excluded Ingoglia and Hall. Ingoglia's businesses are financially supporting opposing candidates.

When asked Wednesday about her exclusionary motion, Rowden said she voted for the other eight because they were qualified and the "best possible positive applicants'' who will do good work on the board.

"I was not comfortable supporting Mr. Blaise Ingoglia for the board,'' Stabins said. He said his feeling is "based on a lot of the theatrics from last year'' and the fact that "my experience with Mr. Ingoglia is nothing but negative. He's a lightning rod for trouble.

"I don't think that he ought to be surprised with the reaction from those of us who had to endure his ridiculous attacks last year,'' Stabins said.

Ingoglia's response?

"For me not to get on that committee when I'm volunteering my time and energy to fill a need in this county, that is a little bit of a shame,'' he said. "It's obviously not my resume.''

He said the commissioners made the decision for a political reason.

"It's very clear that they're putting their own self-interest and their political preservation before what's best for our community,'' Ingoglia said. "This is just another reason in a long line of reasons why the commissioners don't need to be on that board any longer.''

Ingoglia's Hartland Homes months ago established an affordable housing marketing program, and he said he has been talking to experts, educating himself about the issue. Ingoglia said with his experience, he would be an asset to the board.

Kingsley's response to that: "I'm sure he likes himself, and that's okay.''

He said he voted for the motion because it was the one put forward and that it was important to get the committee appointed before a June 30 deadline.

Barbara Behrendt can be reached at behrendt@sptimes.com or (352) 848-1434.

Hernando housing panel excludes two 06/25/08 [Last modified: Saturday, June 28, 2008 10:59am]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Who took a knee? How each NFL team responded to Donald Trump's tweets about anthem protests

    Bucs

    NFL players, coaches and owners across the league reacted in various ways on Sunday to remarks from President Donald Trump speaking about NFL players who have protested during the national anthem.

    Bucs receivers Mike Evans and DeSean Jackson both kneeled during the national anthem in protest before Sunday's game at the Vikings. [LOREN ELLIOTT | Times]
  2. Florida State out of the AP Top 25 for the first time since 2011

    Blogs

    Florida State's first 0-2 start since 1989 has led to another low.

  3. From care center to purgatory to 'hellhole': How 11 frail elders died after Irma

    Hurricanes

    As she got ready to say goodbye to her mother at the Hollywood Hills nursing home, Rose Wyda's heart was sick. Hurricane Irma had been gone for nearly 48 hours, but the trail of shattered trees and broken, hissing power lines the storm left behind was still dangerously apparent. And the nursing home was part of the …

  4. Bucs' Mike Evans, DeSean Jackson kneel during national anthem

    Bucs

    Bucs receivers Mike Evans and DeSean Jackson both kneeled during the national anthem in protest before Sunday's game at the Vikings, two days after President Donald Trump made critical remarks about NFL …

    Bucs receivers Mike Evans and DeSean Jackson both kneeled during the national anthem in protest before Sunday's game at the Vikings. [LOREN ELLIOTT | Times]
  5. Authorities ID man killed in Clearwater Beach boating crash; Girl, 4, still in critical condition

    Briefs

    An Altamonte Springs man died and a 4-year-old girl remains in critical condition Sunday morning after their personal watercraft collided with a boat in the Intracoastal Waterway near Clearwater Beach just before 5 p.m.