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Tallahassee Chamber Will Not Hold 2016 Conference in Walton County

Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce
Posted at 3:11 PM, Aug 05, 2015
and last updated 2015-08-06 12:28:53-04

TALLAHASSEE, FL (WTXL) - The Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce announced Thursday they will continue to have their 2015 Conference in Walton County but will move the 2016 conference to a different location.

In a press release from the Chamber, they explain that because of legal and contracted obligations they must continue to hold the Annual Community Conference at the Sandestin Hilton even though the county has failed to remove a confederate flag from the courthouse.

They do say they will not hold the 2016 conference in Walton County.

Rick Moore, chairman of The Chamber explains, “By unanimous decision, our executive committee agreed today that our Chamber will not hold its planned 2016 community conference in Walton County because of the divisive decision by the county commission there to continue to embrace a symbol of hatred at its public courthouse"

This statement stems from a letter County Commissioners Bill Proctor released Monday.

Proctor called for the Chamber to move the 2015 conference from Walton County in the letter, saying, "Leon County dollars should not be invested in a community that embraces racists, segregationist ideals and racial superiority symbols like the Confederate flag."

The 2015 Conference is scheduled to take place August 14-16.