City pays up to keep courthouse downtown

Three of the five properties located where the City of Milton hopes the proposed new Santa Rosa County Courthouse will be built downtown are garnering far more than their appraised value.

“We have been negotiating,” said City Manager Brian Watkins, who has been empowered by the city council to buy up land for a new judicial center and nearby parking. “Some of these parcels weren’t for sale, and some of the owners don’t want to sell.”

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