BOCC, NFCD agree on path forward for courthouse

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Sharon Gaskin and the county agreed to work together to maintain and restore the historic courthouse in Wewahitchka.

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Published: Thursday, September 26, 2013 at 10:20 AM.

County commissioners had two weeks to consider Sharon Gaskin’s vision for restoring and maintaining the historic courthouse in Wewahitchka.

Tuesday they unanimously agreed that they like what they saw so far.

Commissioners approved a short-term agreement with Gaskin and North Florida Child Development, Inc. with an eye on a long-term lease for the courthouse in Wewahitchka that served for decades as the county seat.

“It is a treasure to the county,” said Commissioner Joanna Bryan. “I think the county should work with Ms. Gaskin to restore that building.”

The issue is pressing.

The county has moved staff and constitutional officers out of the courthouse and will stop paying for utilities when the fiscal year begins Oct. 1.

As Commissioner Ward McDaniel noted, the building could only “go down” from that point unless maintained.

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