BOCC conditionally approves courthouse lease with NFCD

Published: Thursday, October 10, 2013 at 11:07 AM.

Having worked since early last year to save the historic County Courthouse in Wewahitchka, Sharon Gaskin received a huge boost Tuesday.

During their regular bi-monthly meeting the Board of County Commissioners approved conditionally a lease agreement with Gaskin and her company North Florida Child Development, Inc.

The lease will allow NFCD to maintain its operations within the courthouse, moving from the upper floor to a space yet to be formally mapped out toward the front of the first floor.

The BOCC must still decide how to remediate water leaking and mold issues in the rear, where a jail was later added to the original courthouse.

The county would provide a 10 year lease at $1 per year, with an annual renewal of the lease coming before the BOCC each October, said county attorney Jeremy Novak.

There is also an economic development component of the lease under which NFCD must maintain a specifically identified number of full-time employees in Gulf County, Novak said.

The courtroom and chambers on the upper floor, a significant part of the courthouse’s registry onto the National Register of Historic Places, will continue to be available for BOCC and public use.

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