Right to Speak ordinance receives public hearing

Published: Thursday, October 24, 2013 at 10:31 AM.

Taxpayers are now off the hook for the upkeep of the historic county courthouse in Wewahitchka.

And the effort to save the building has an in-house champion.

The Board of County Commissioners during their regular bi-monthly meeting on Tuesday gave final approval to a lease agreement with North Florida Child Development, Inc. that aims to maintain the building as a job-creator and historic treasure to the north end of the county.

As the CEO of NFCD Sharon Gaskin of Wewahitchka said last month, the courthouse is, “Our lighthouse,” alluding to ongoing efforts to save the Cape San Blas Lighthouse.

Under the terms of the lease, NFCD will occupy more than 4,000 square feet on the first floor of the courthouse, including foyer but excluding the old offices of the Gulf County Extension Service, more space than the operator of Early Head Start and Head Start programs in five counties occupied previously.

NFCD will assume all responsibilities for utilities, upkeep, maintenance and repairs.

The lease is for 10 years at $1 per year and is to be renewed annually, said county attorney Jeremy Novak.

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