BUZ LIVINGSTON: Spring break on 30A

Published: Sunday, March 9, 2014 at 09:48 AM.

Recently South Walton’s financial landscape shifted markedly and we should lobby for other changes, too.

Let me make an announcement first. The federal deficit hit the lowest level since 2008 and is now lower, as percentage of Gross Domestic Product, than during the Reagan years. I’m no macro-economic expert but if we had not increased spending in 2009, unlike Herbert Hoover in 1929, perhaps the economy would have gone the direction it did during the 1930s.

Meanwhile, St. Joe has rolled out its new development. On one hand, I see the influx of new blood exciting. More people equal more voters and perhaps we can wrest control of local government levers. South Walton is Walton County’s ATM but South Walton needs the password.

As more retirees move here, the demand for retirement planning, my area of expertise, would grow. On the other hand this is St. Joe, not the New England Patriots of the development world or as atrocious as Donald Trump’s companies and their multiple bankruptcies, but more like the Jacksonville Jaguars.

To tourists’ dismay it rains a lot in South Walton. If the weather is bad it might be pretty after a while or tomorrow but we get monsoons. Last weekend the Eastern Lake Trail, located south of 98, was impassable and north of 98 may be even boggier. Deny the science behind evolution or climate change, but water runs downhill. Wetlands often dry out during the summer and with our sandy soils it may be dry enough to build on.

When it rains though, things change.

Flood insurance only covers $250,000 in damage to a dwelling. You will be alright if you build a 2,000 square foot house for $125 per square foot.



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