Business Journal: Word On The Street

Word On The Street

Here is what area leaders are saying about the growth and challenges Freeport and DeFuniak Springs are just beginning to experience:

 “I think it’s a good thing, as long as it’s controlled. I like the growth. I remember when I was a kid, there was nothing around there.”

– CHRIS SCHISSLER, manager Frank’s Cash and Carry in Freeport

 “The city is not looking to become a retirement community. We want to appeal to every part of the economic spectrum, every part of the generational spectrum. We’d really like to be able to see people work here and grow old here.”

– LATILDA HENNINGER, city planner for Freeport

Northwest Florida is one of the hottest residential markets in the country.

— SEAN GARRETSON, TIP Strategies consultant

 “Over the next 10 years, Freeport is slated to become the largest city in the county.”

– DAWN MOLITERNO, president of the Walton County Chamber of Commerce.

 “Growth can be a double-edged sword for small businesses. Those small businesses that are prepared to evolve, change and provide what the consumer demands will stand to prosper. However, the demand for more services will probably lead to increased competition from new businesses.”

– GREG SCOVILLE, city planner for DeFuniak Springs

 “This growth has happened so fast. Prices escalated astronomically over the last few years.”

– SCOTT BRANNON, Walton County commissioner