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Land Purchase in South Walton for New School

Discussion in 'Local Government and Groups' started by kurt, Jun 5, 2014.

  1. kurt

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    As reported on WZEP AM 1460:

    They are going to build a school in southern Walton and it probably will be an elementary. Walton Superintendent Carlene Anderson recommended moving forward with purchasing the Forest View property as the committee suggested. This is the property two miles east of Emerald Coast Middle School. This parcel is 33.75 acres. There are also two parcels directly north of ECMS being considered.

    Tom Blackshear said the Forest View property is flat and is about 40 feet above sea level. The other parcel is also flat, but is 6 to 16 feet above sea level and has a stream flood area. The parcel north of the school also can be subject to storm surge. The east parcel, the old sprayfield parcel, has about three acres of wetlands. This also fronts U.S. 98 and the county may be buying adjacent property so the two could work together to develop infrastructure. Blackshear said they may have some constraints with accessing the parcel north of the school. There is a neighborhood to the north of the north property, but the residents have voiced objections to using their neighborhood for access.

    The appraisals for Forest View came in at a $3.1 million average value. For the parcels north of ECMS the averages are $1.6 million and $1.1 million. He gave a number of adjustments for the wetlands and building an access road.

    James Foley with the Point Washington Historical Association, said the use of the neighborhood to the north would not happen because the property owners do not want it. He also said the roads are only 30 feet and this would create additional traffic in Point Washington. He also noted a road going south to 98 had problems due to the lack of stacking room. Attorney Holley said the use of the roads to the north would violate restrictions and covenants.

    Board member Mark Davis said he likes being able to own land on the south end and likes the high and dry land, but asked what the plan is. Anderson said St. Joe is bringing in children. She also said the current Bay Elementary can not handle the growth. She said her recommendation would be for a new elementary. Board Member Dennis Wallace reviewed the process and talked about the growth in Bay County moving west. He noted the lack of available land. The committee rated five pieces of property and the Forest View parcel was ranked number one. Wallace said they need to buy property no matter what they eventually build on it, even if it is five years from now.

    Board member Sharon Roberts, who said she would not vote on one of the properties north of the school since her family has been approached about access through their land, questioned the spray field. She had previously asked about more information on the two properties to the north. She also questioned why the appraisers noted the parcel to the north being landlocked. Property owner M.C. Davis said there is an environmental study. Attorney Holley noted the motion was to proceed with negotiations and there would have to be studies.

    The motion to proceed was 4-0 with Roberts not voting.
     
  2. weeniedawg

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    Really good public policy to purchase land from the biggest contributor to your campaign (Anderson and most other Walton elected officials.)
     
  3. Jdarg

    Jdarg SoWal Expert

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    There was almost no suitable available land in south Walton. This was the best location that could be acquired now, when it needs to be acquired. We are years late in building enough new school(s) south of the bay- the growth has been trending for quite a while now.
     
  4. weeniedawg

    weeniedawg Banned

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    A few years ago Broward county school board member Beverly Gallagher went to jail for corruption over "deals". Another Broward School Board member is now awaiting trial for bribery and corruption for deals made with developers.
    The point is that it is UNETHICAL to do business with people who finance your campaigns and we all know that one of Carlene Anderson's supporters (Odom) is a convicted felon. Of course, the school board in Walton County is as symbolic as the British Royal Family. The Queen actually is the queen around here. And let's not forget that the thousands rich people have given to Walton politicians was possible through a loophole in the $500 individual contribution that is supposed to be allowed. Politicians who accept large contributions says a lot about that politicians character or lack thereof.
     
  5. Seaducer

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    setting aside your obvious petty jealousies, don't they have to purchase property from the people who own it?
    and between MC Davis and St. Joe they own most of the worthwhile available parcels in our area. This one, as you might have read, is one of the only truly dry high parcels of that size in the entire area.

    are you disputing that they need it or that they are buying it from "certain people" and not Gomer down at the fillin' station?
     
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    Jealous? True. I actually have to pay property taxes on the few acres I own.
     
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    admitting it is the first step to recovery, hope you make it!
     
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    Let's give a standing O for the dude who's saving the planet. 50,000 acres of land and no property taxes and how about that sweet deal where he "sold" the state land for over a million bucks to protect Eglin AFB and yet he still owns it.
     
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    What's the elevation of Butler Elementary School? Is it not subject to storm surge?
     
  11. Matt J

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    No, we get surge like that and the panhandle will look like Hiroshima.

    Isn't the land they are considering buying next to a private hunting preserve?
     
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    This was a done deal as soon as Carlene Anderson was re-elected.
     
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    Who is Weenie jealous of?
     
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    Actually, the rich people I tend to be jealous of are folks like Jay Leno who has a fabulous car and motorcycle collection. I have little interest in owning hundreds of thousands of acres of land and being able to give money to redneck politicians. I would love to have a dozen or so old cars and motorcycles that were built before the government started meddling in vehicle design.
     
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    It must be time for the BCC to buy some land. I noticed that Sara Commander has already received a contribution from you know who.
     
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    I can understand buying the land now because raw land prices don't seem likely to go down any time soon. But could they actually afford to staff the school given the school district's current funding issues?
     
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    I can't believe that there is only one parcel of land suitable for a school. Exactly who decided what the specifications were and exactly how much is the school district paying for the property. This deal doesn't pass the smell test in my mind.
     
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    If those that happen to own the land that is situated in the best location and meeting other factors, like not being flood prone, has none or minimal wetlands, is accessible and is for sale I think it has to be purchased. If not there, where?
     
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    I can't help but wonder what Davis plans to do with the 1.2 million acres he owns in Nevada. Maybe he has a deal cooking with Harry Reid to sell it to the Feds.
     
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    you should really look into that and it's applicability to the new local school purchase, probably something to do with the UN
     

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