Citizens: County’s courthouse site comparisons “misleading”

City of Milton Planning Manager Randy Jorgensen drove to Tiger Point to address Santa Rosa County Commissioners at a Sept. 30  town hall meeting. Jorgensen and others argue 322 existing parking spaces around the current courthouse should be included in site comparison data for the three properties under consideration for a proposed $50 million judicial facility.

Milton attorney Matthew Hargraves says county information, showing there would be 225 on-site parking spaces at the current courthouse site, is misleading. He points out the actual total, including existing spaces, would add up to 547 parking spaces. County materials show the two other locations in the running for the project would each have 500 on-site parking spaces.

County Administrator Hunter Walker says the county does not plan to update related materials, pointing out that using only on-site space data for each location provides an “apples-to-apples” comparison of the sites.

Read more in the Oct. 9 issue of Navarre Press or subscribe online here.



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