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Okaloosa County seeks public input on workforce housing issues

Okaloosa County is seeking public input via a community survey to assist in the development of an Attainable Workforce Housing Strategy. “Hearing from our residents is a critical component of […]

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Okaloosa County is seeking public input via a community survey to assist in the development of an Attainable Workforce Housing Strategy.

  • The county says the questions in this survey will help local leaders to better understand public opinions about housing affordability, needs, and types of development. 

“Hearing from our residents is a critical component of our planning efforts to address affordable housing in Okaloosa County.” said Okaloosa County Board Chairman Trey Goodwin. “We want to address housing needs for all of our residents, including working families, by enhancing our housing inventory and identifying additional strategies that address this issue.”

Okaloosa County is utilizing consulting firm TPMA for survey development and analysis. No personal or other identifying information will be provided to city or county departments, staff, or elected officials, according to the county.

  • All information collected in this survey will be reported only in the aggregate and will be fully anonymized.

The Community Survey will be available to the public from August 9 through September 4. 2023. To take the survey, visit https://www.surveylegend.com/s/52wj.  

3 Responses

  1. We don’t need more housing, We need and want more stores more things to do here, Everything has been moved to Destin, Fort Walton Beach will sooon be no more than a spot on the map if you can find it.

  2. Personally I’m sorry to see Crestview’s growth of commercial stores and compete with Destin, FWB, etc. I’ve lived here the better part of my life and love the small town atmosphere including it’s gov’t and police force. Only time traffic was high was during rush hour, that’s to be expected. Now traffic is high all day long and will get worst.

    My 2 cents worth. That and 2 dollars will get you a cup of coffee.

  3. There is ALWAYS a shortage of housing for the working class. One solution is to free up vacation homes that are unused because of the ban on short term renting. A lot of people do not want to rent long term after the US government allowed squatters to avoid eviction during covid. Short term rentals are treated like hotels for the purpose of kicking out non-paying persons so it’s more appealing to landlords.

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Community Comments

“1B................Let FWB grow.”
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“Amazing article!!! Jared Williams is an incredible writer and this article captures the incredible things happening in our community! Thank you Jared! Linda Dugan”
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“Awesome... The kind of people, that need a safe, affordable home for themselves and their families, without your judgment. .”
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“Curious who is funding Gregg Chapel so he can build cheap housing here. Curious what kind of residents he looking for to move here.”
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“This is extremely upsetting. I hope the parents of this young man sees this as a " Cry for Help" and move forward in getting him evaluated., into counseling with...”
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“Will the Hurlburt golf course be open?”
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“I really think this is a great idea. My only concern is what is planned at the base of the Destin bridge. I am not a proponent of any development...”
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“Traffic signals have a definite limit to how many cars an hour can pass under them. The signal system downtown has been beyond capacity since 1990. To increase capacity additional...”
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