A recent census placed Walton County, Florida in the top ten fastest growing counties in the nation. That growth is having a profound effect in that portion of the panhandle.
Recently a groundbreaking ceremony took place for a 1.7 million dollar new city hall in Freeport.
By many estimates that town's population has nearly doubled in less than ten years..
The new facility is expected to be ready for occupancy by early 2008.
Longtime mayor, Mickey Marse, says the current building is not adequate to handle the influx of folks who call Freeport home.
The new city hall is being paid through a USDA agricultural grant and loan. In addition, the state is also paying a portion of the construction expense.
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