Right to Speak ordinance receives public hearing

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

“This is a win-win,” said Commissioner Warren Yeager. “It is a win for North Florida Child Development in getting the lease for $1 per year and it is a win for taxpayers as it takes the burden off of them for upkeep of the building.”

Under the lease terms, NFCD, which has been headquartered out of the courthouse for more than a decade, pledges to maintain a certain level of employees in Gulf County.

Gaskin approached the BOCC after the county, citing costs, completely abandoned the building in recent months.

The county moved the Extension Service and constitutional offices from the courthouse to the old Health Department Building in Wewahitchka.

The county must also abate issues in the back, upper floor and basement of the building, where leaks in walls and mold are problematic.

The upper floor courtroom is particularly important for its historic value and is a significant part of the reason the building is listed on the National Registry of Historic Places.

Gaskin’s goal was two-fold; maintain operations in the NFCD’s Gulf County home and to save the building.

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