WALTON COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - Many Walton County business owners say work has been great, and it's been looking up for a while. La Playa owner Mario McNally has noticed the change.
“I’ve been in the are for about 12 years now so yeah, I’ve totally seen a huge pickup in business from when we started," McNally.
County Commissioner Danny Glidewell says the growth has been a work in progress.
“We have the world's most beautiful beaches, and the beach area has been growing for probably 30 years," said Glidewell.
While South Walton businesses are a huge contribution to making Walton County Florida’s fastest growing local economy, commissioners say North Walton County is seeing a lot of action as well.
“Freeport has really exploded in the last five years or so," said Glidewell.
In DeFuniak Springs, some are working to brush the dust off the historic area.
“We’ve started 12 new projects for redevelopment for our downtown. We’ve had over $3 million reinvested from the private sector into our downtown," said Jay Evans, the executive director of Main Street DeFuniak Springs.
Evans is working to restore Downtown DeFuniak and highlight its charm.
“As we continue every year to grow that, the importance of our community, we’re gonna emphasize not only our history, the present and where we want to go in our future," said Evans.
“We’re really working hard to bring companies to DeFuniak that can bring quality jobs, benefits, and allow our families in the north end to really experience the same economic opportunity that others are experienced in the southern part of the county," said Glidewell.
If you would like to see a rendering of the proposed revitalization of Downtown DeFuniak Springs, click here.