How Mike Huckabee saved 30A? South Walton artery to be repaired sooner rather than later

30a Huckabee

Some business owners say Mike Huckabee played a key role in getting the local artery fixed in Walton County.

Photo by John Stasko
Published: Thursday, September 5, 2013 at 01:17 PM.

When a portion of County Road 30A fell in at Redfish Lake Aug. 18 due to excessively large amounts of rainfall, businesses and residents were told that the county would try to have the stretch open to traffic again by Spring Break 2014.

The inconvenience to residents and visitors aside, business owners in that area soon realized they could not survive without easy access for their customers.

When their cries for help went seemingly unanswered, some business owners appealed to a higher power – former Gov. Mike Huckabee.

"I doubt I did much, but I'd rather think that people in government are starting to realize that a project like this CAN be done lickety-split when government decides that people and their livelihoods are the highest priority — far above protecting the process of slow-walked paperwork," he told The Sun by email.

Read more about the temporary fix, click here.

Huckabee is a resident of Blue Mountain Beach and has been known to frequent businesses up and down 30A. One of his regular dining spots is Marie's Bistro in Blue Mountain, located maybe a football field's length away from the piece of road that fell in.

Marie's owner Hanie Nasri has become friendly with the former presidential hopeful and bemoaned to him what the road closure and detour was doing to his business and income for him and his employees.

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