New Development, Wakulla County

Gaging by the opposition we heard Monday, the meeting could stretch late into the night

That's because dozens are expected to attend, all of them waiting to see if the project gets the green light.

On your marks, get set, go! There's a mixed bag in Wakulla County, some say growth is good, other's say not in my backyard.

Phyllis Thomas has lived along the St. Marks River for 15 years. The idea of hundreds of families moving into the neighborhood scares her. She says it's too much growth too fast.

"I don't mind being some bigger- but not what they're talking about. I don't know if they know the full impact it will have on us," explains Thomas.

An impact on roads and the environment are Phyllis's top concerns, a feeling echoed by many in this rural area. But some county commissioners say thousands of new homes, apartments and stores is a smart business decision.

"That's exactly what we need to look at because of the tax base...are there costs? Yes. Is the developer going to have to off-set that? Absolutely," Wakulla Commissioner Mike Stewart says.

They're questions Commissioner Stewart will address to concerned citizens, the same folks who are saying growth is good, somewhere else.

The sustainable community would sit on 606-acres of land just south of the Wakulla County line.

The issue is being addressed as we speak at the County Commission Chambers in Crawfordville.

But Commissioner Stewart says they will only decide on changing the land-use, there are several more approvals the project needs, so it's not the end.

Wakulla County commissioners voted three to two for the development in their meeting.


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