Mexico Beach council awaits second opinion on Parker House foundation

Published: Thursday, October 17, 2013 at 09:53 AM.

Wisdom’s goal is to connect gardeners in the area and sought approval from the council for the use of the land and to pay for the irrigation of the beds.

Construction costs were estimated at $90 a bed and $107 annually for water. The council will allow use of the land and will pay up to $200 a year for water costs and Wisdom will pay for construction of the beds through fundraising events.

Community gardens have proven popular in Apalachicola and Destin among other areas and Wisdom believes that a similar area in Mexico Beach will encourage self-reliance and stimulate social interaction.

“Studies have shown that community gardens can raise property value in the area,” said Wisdom.

Those interested in renting a plot will need to file an application and pay a $50 fee that covers their gardening for a year.

Wisdom plans for the garden to be self-sustaining through those fees.

“It’s a great idea,” said Mayor Al Cathy.

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