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Road to Wakulla

It's about 6 p.m., and Darrin McGlamry is back home in Wakulla from his job in Tallahassee.

"It's not that bad. In fact, it takes me about 25 minutes to get from my house to work as compared to Killearn Lakes it took me about 45 minutes," say Darrin & Brandy McGlamry.

Darrin and Brandy left Leon County with their two kids almost a year ago after 3 years in Killearn Lakes. In fact, Darrin and Brandy told us they looked at homes in Piney Z, then saved $40,000 by moving to Wakulla County.

Lillian Jack is a Tallahassee realtor who specializes in first-time homebuyers. Compare that to the $87,000 she says it sold for five years ago.

With fewer low-cost homes on the market, realtors say it's a crisis.

"Moderate incomes cannot afford these particular prices we have in Tallahassee, and I'm working actually in Quincy, Wakulla County. People are moving there. You're going to see people moving there just for affordability," says Lillian.

Now the road to Wakulla is getting wider, a $20 million state project, and Leon County anted up the cash to get it paved faster.

County commissioner Bob Rackleff says it flat-out. Wakulla's development is costing Leon County money.

"We are subsidizing sprawl with Leon County taxpayers for, to the benefit of Wakulla County landowners and builders," says Bob Rackleff.

"Well, I would say to Mr. Rackleff that he needs to come down here on a Friday or Saturday or Sunday in the spring or summer and see how many people from Leon and Georgia come to Wakulla," Mike Stewart says.

Mike Stewart and other Wakulla commissioners point out this road is a byway to the beach. Plus, with few big stores here, Wakulla residents do most of their shopping in Leon County.

"That was the main thing I was worried about, Brandy moving to the country. And now I can't pull her back to Tallahassee."

For plenty of families like this one, the road to Wakulla just keeps getting wider.

Friday night, we'll take a look at reasons besides money that people are moving to Wakulla. Those include the school system. Thursday night: whether Leon County's own development policies are to blame for people moving to other counties.


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