Santa Rosa County officials have discussed building a new courthouse for more than two decades.
Last week, they agreed waiting another month to decide the fate of a proposed site wouldn’t hurt.
Commissioners are divided on a recent proposal to build the judicial center, estimated to cost between $30 – $40 million, in a low-lying area of Pine Street in Milton described as “a swamp” in a flood plain next to railroad tracks and a sewage treatment plant.
The division led to some heated discussion when officials met at the Tiger Point Community Center on Nov. 12.
Commissioners unanimously postponed a decision after it was clear that Commissioner Rob Williamson’s push for quick approval of the Pine Street site would fail.
Commissioner Jayer Williamson asked for more time to study the issue and said he would vote to reject if forced to decide that day. His no vote would have been the third, joining Bob Cole and Don Salter who strongly oppose the Pine Street site.
Rob Williamson became angry when opponents said the proposal lacked common sense and after Cole displayed photos of train derailments. Rob Williamson also termed some of the critical comments as “flippant.”
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