Housing developments, new businesses and most importantly jobs, those are the things Walton County hopes to bring to Mossy Head Industrial Park. Governor Rick Scott allotted the most Walton County has ever received specifically for this project. $7.4 million dollars, and with that Walton County will finally start to develop Mossy Head Industrial Park. Walton County Commission Chairman Bill Chapman said, "it's a good feeling and the main reason because it's bringing economic development and growth to the county".
The Mossy Head area is unincorporated land in Walton County. The nearly $7.4 million will be used to install an updated wastewater facility to support more businesses in the area and also to update the infrastructure, making it easier for a business to set up. Construction has started on a Loves gas station, a McDonald's, Subway and a hotel. Also a one stop truck maintenance facility is in the works. Now, with the new funding the County is hoping more businesses will want to move to the area, bringing jobs and other opportunities to North Walton. Commissioner Chapman said the county bought the land more than a decade ago and he's excited to finally get the ball rolling on development.
"It was something they looked at over a decade ago as a possible benefit to the county and it's now starting to come around. so we've got wastewater facility and infrastructure coming in, then it's a matter of whoever wants to come there and set up their business", said Commissioner Chapman.
The county was appropriated nearly $9 million in total in this years state budget. $623,000 was allotted to replace the section of CR 30A over Draper Lake. Another $750,000 to improve the Walton County Fairgrounds.