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Interim Tourism Director

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

A Florida Panhandle county has hired an interim tourism director to replace a man who died amid accusations that he misused public money sent by BP after the 2010 oil spill.

Okaloosa County's airports director, Greg Donovan, was named Saturday as interim head of the Tourist Development Council.

Donovan replaces Mark Bellinger, who died Friday of an apparent drug overdose. Bellinger resigned Tuesday after admitting to using tax dollars to buy a yacht he said was for county tourism promotions, though county commissioners didn't know about it. Authorities issued an arrest warrant Thursday related to Bellinger's purchase of a Destin home with money sent to the county by BP for oil spill restitution.

Donovan told the Northwest Florida Daily News that he'll start working Monday with investigators and auditors.


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