‘BUYING AND BUILDING FRENZY’ Walton County development on the rise

Published: Friday, October 4, 2013 at 12:14 PM.

" Walton County is seen as one of the most desirable places along the Panhandle," he said. "There is an energy in the south end of the county that people really enjoy."

With an office based in Santa Rosa Beach , District 5 Commissioner Cindy Meadows spends a lot of time traversing the communities along 30A, where she says construction is booming.

"We kind of have a buying and building frenzy going on down here," she said. "Vacant lots are selling, homes are selling, and I'm getting letters in the mail from Realtors saying they need inventory."

Meadows said the growth can be seen based purely by the number of construction vehicles on area roadways, as well as by the number of families that are now calling Walton County home.

"It's becoming a 12 month out of the year kind of place," she said. "Which presents its own problems, but that's why I'm here to help figure those things out."

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With development buzzing along the Beaches of South Walton, Jaeger told The Sun it is extremely important for Walton County to put an emphasis on attracting what he called family wage jobs, which are essentially jobs that are outside of the retail and tourism spectrum, such as manufacturing.

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