Wakulla Moves Forward With YMCA and Wetlands Revision

By: Mike Springer Email
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By: Mike Springer
June 16, 2013

Crawfordville, FL- Wakulla's Board of County Commissioners is moving forward with plans to revise the county's wetland ordinance.

In a 4-1 vote, the commissioners approved drafting adding a revision to the current ordinance. It will now go before planning and zoning.

The revision would allow for property owners to get a variance to build even closer then the current 35 foot variance allows.

"We need to let people know it's the natural resources that are going to drive our decisions for the future," said one Wakulla resident.

"I don't understand how they can come up here and talk about what we can't do, what they don't want us to do yet they're willing live in a place that's built within 75-feet of waters," said real estate agent, Bob Danzey.

Commissioners are also paving the way for the YMCA to possible come to town.

Commissioners agreed 3 to 2 to ratify the contract allowing the Y to run the community center. But before it does, the Y plans to conduct a feasibility study to see if the move to Wakulla makes sense.

Local fitness and gym owners contend the Y will hurt their business.

"All I can say in terms of the competition, Dr. Kessler, is that YMCAs exist in hundreds and hundreds of community across our country. They generally co-exist amicably," said Ray Purvis with the YMCA.

No time-frame has been set for either the feasibility study or when the ordinance will head to planning and zoning.

Commissioner Howard Kessler called for an investigation into the Sheriff's. Office. Kessler says he has concerns about $100,000 the sheriff's office spent during the 2011-2012 fiscal year to give an across-the-board cost of living raise to its employees. Kessler contends it violates state statutes.

But the former sheriff says he acted on the advice of his attorney.

The motion failed to get a second in support and died.

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