BOCC, NFCD agree on path forward for courthouse

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

Gaskin, president and CEO of NFCD, and her company, which operates from Gulf County but provides early childhood learning and other services in five counties, have proposed partnering to avoid that deterioration.

In her latest proposal to the BOCC Gaskin asked for a 10-year lease at $1 per month.

NFCD – which currently pays $2,200 a month in rental payments – would also assume all utility bills and any basic upkeep and maintenance.

The lease would also contain language by which the county and NFCD agree to pursue funding, especially grant funding, to help restore the courthouse, which is listed on the National Registry of Historic Places.

“We’ve got to keep that building,” said Commissioner Ward McDaniel. “That is our history. I think we are very close (to an agreement).”

The courthouse also has pressing maintenance issues.

There is a leaking back wall and a problem with mold in the rear of the building, rendering that area unsafe.

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