New Subdivisions in Thomas County

By Kate Gaier
5:15 pm August 16, 2006

Now there are talks of more development for the not so quiet small town. Robert Whiddon says he helped move the first mobile home into the area back when there was just a dirt road.

Four years later there's pavement and plenty of neighbors all around, and he says he couldn't be happier.

"It don't bother me. I love a good crowded neighborhood."

Whiddon may just get his wish. Talks are underway for expansion near the North US 84 Bypass.

County officials say there could be about half a dozen new subdivisions, bringing with them about 3,000 multi-family homes, town homes, and even condos.

Candice Fox lives near the possible subdivisions and said, "I think it's a great idea. Expansion is great. I mean, Tallahassee is expanding, everybody's expanding around us, so it would be great."

While some residents are excited at the thought of growth, not everyone is jumping on the bandwagon.

William Jacobs says he moved to the area ten years ago. He says back then the county was growing, but not like it is today.

"I liked it when you could drive up town and you didn't have to worry about bumper to bumper traffic. This traffic is outrageous, you know, going through town. It doesn't matter what time of the day it is. Where are they coming from?"

No matter where they're coming from, county officials say residents are on the move. County officials say there will be a public meeting in September for residents to express their concerns.