NFCD president urges county to lease Wewahitchka Courthouse


Historic county courthouse in Wewahitchka.

Special to The Star
Published: Thursday, September 12, 2013 at 09:38 AM.

Sharon Gaskin wants to sustain the historic County Courthouse in Wewahitchka.

As she told the Board of County Commissioners on Tuesday, she’s had other “hare-brained” ideas that worked out just fine.

Gaskin urged commissioners to consider a lease or donation of the courthouse, which the county has abandoned and will stop funding next month, to her company, North Florida Child Development.

As the lone remaining tenant of the courthouse Gaskin said she and her company had a vested interest in maintaining the headquarters for her five-county operation in the same spot it has grown and thrived from over two decades.

Gaskin also expressed concerns about the potential for continued deterioration of the building, which is listed on the National Registry of Historic Places, if no entity calls the courthouse home.

“It is our lighthouse so to speak,” Gaskin said, alluding to the current effort to save the Cape San Blas Lighthouse. “It is one of the true landmarks in Wewahitchka. I’d like to be the caretaker.”

The county, citing a shortage of funding, has moved the extension office and constitutional officers out of the courthouse, which long served as the county seat before the seat was moved to Port St. Joe.

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