Commissioners debate Milton site for courthouse

The site of Santa Rosa County’s long-discussed new courthouse was debated by commissioners again on Monday.

After nearly two hours, commissioners inched toward selecting a location by next month.

The debate was triggered by Commissioner Rob Williamson’s proposal to build the estimated $35 million facility off Pine Street in Milton, adjacent to CSX railroad tracks and near Milton’s sewage treatment plant.

“I believe Pine Street is the best location period,” Williamson said. “I believe this idea was put in my head for a reason and a lot of good things have happened since.”

Most of the necessary land has been acquired by the city of Milton, he said, and there is enough room to build a comprehensive facility rather than a smaller one proposed near the current courthouse.

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