Crawfordville, Florida –
On November 5, 2010, a Final Judgment was entered on behalf of Wakulla County that the provisions relating to the restriction of property within the Wakulla Gardens Subdivision to “white people only” is illegal, unlawful, invalid and void.
In June 2009, the Board directed the County Attorney to research legal action relating to a racially restrictive deed covenant applicable to all lots located within the Wakulla Gardens Subdivision after several realtors and citizens expressed concern. The deed restrictions for Wakulla Gardens were adopted in 1964 by The Panacea Development Corporation and included a particular restriction stating that all lots in the Wakulla Gardens Subdivision are restricted to white people only and for residential purposes.
The Wakulla County Attorney’s Office took proper action and it was determined that the offensive restriction is illegal, unlawful, invalid and void. The County will record a copy of the Final Judgment in the Public Records and filing a notice reflecting the invalidity of the provisions relating to the restriction. “It is a brighter day in Wakulla due to the actions of this judgment. This has been long overdue and it’s a sad thing that discrimination still lingers on the books from a darker time in our society”, commented Commissioner Mike Stewart.