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Road to Wakulla: Part 3

For some, it's a money issue. Housing prices are lower in Wakulla County, but it's more than money. For many families, Wakulla County's good schools and rural setting are worth making a move.

She grew up in Leon County, but Leigh Graves is building a house and raising her kids in Wakulla County.

"It's the quality of life, it reminds me when I was growing up in Tallahassee of the Tallahassee then."

When the house is done, she'll spend more time here and less time stuck in traffic. She's the first psychologist practicing in Wakulla.

"People get real tired. Wakulla County crew doesn't want to drive to Tallahassee for everything. I've been really successful with that."

Samiri Hernandez moved her family from Michigan to Wakulla after reading about it on the Internet.

These families say good schools, a smaller community and a rural setting made them move here. Looking at the widening road to Wakulla, Leon commissioner Bob Rackleff sees it differently.

Between 1980 and 2000, Leon County's population went from 150,000 to 240,000. Wakulla's population more than doubled from 11,000 to 23,000. During that time, Leon County's minority population grew while Wakulla's already limited minority population dropped. Rackleff says developers need to think outside of cookie-cutter subdivisions.

Meanwhile, as a Puerto Rican, Samiri Hernandez says new Wakulla residents can bring diversity. She's found what she wants, in the quiet of the country, with city conveniences just a road away.

Since 70 percent of Wakulla is public-owned through national parks and state forests, some people think the area will keep its rural feel, despite the current housing boom.


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