Tallahassee, Florida - May 27, 2011
Job cuts announced Thursday at a Juvenile Justice facility and a state hospital in small, adjoining communities in the Panhandle will hit hard, the area’s senator, Bill Montford said. About 140 jobs will be cut at the Florida State Hospital in Chattahoochee, and the closure by the Department of Juvenile Justice of the North Florida Youth Development Center in Marianna, formerly known as the Arthur G. Dozier School for Boys, will cost the area another 185 jobs. That facility is in Jackson County, while the hospital is in neighboring Gadsden County – where it is a major employer. “This will have a severe negative impact,” said Montford, D-Tallahassee. “We know we’re in tough times, we know we’ve got to tighten our belts, but this is going to have a severe negative impact on the business community,” he said. “The mom and pop shops, the Wal-Marts, the others out there, will feel this.”
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