BOCC, NFCD agree on path forward for courthouse

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

Two weeks ago Gaskin likened the importance of the Old Courthouse on the north end of the county to the south-end landmark the Cape San Blas Lighthouse.

Operating Head Start and Early Head Start among other programs in five counties, NFCD has an overall budget more than $4 million. She said 70 percent of her operations are in Gulf County.

She said if the courthouse became an untenable location she might have to move her headquarters to another county.

Primarily, though, Gaskin made clear the attachment to the courthouse.

“I will take it on to save it,” she told commissioners. “I would hate to see it be closed. I don’t want to see that happen.”

The commissioner most vocally opposed to turning over a public building to a private entity, Commissioner Carmen McLemore expressed support for Gaskin’s vision.

“I really have no issue with it,” McLemore said. “I think it is the best thing going for the north end of the county. I just want to make sure the attorney is okay with it.”

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