Mossy Head Residents Speak Out about Industrial Park

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MOSSY HEAD The sleepy town of Mossy Head lies right between DeFuniak Springs and Crestview off of Interstate-10.

While the town is a quiet area with a few businesses, that's all about to change.

Walton County officials say the new Mossy Head Industrial Park is a way to bring some economic development to the northern part of the county.

They've said from day one of the project, it is all about the jobs and residents couldn't agree more.

"Not everyone can easily afford the commute almost 20 miles to Niceville, or Eglin Air Force Base and things like that. It will be nice to have jobs close to home, plus a bigger job base,” said Pastor Bill Ferran, of the Mossy Head First Baptist Church.

Many residents and business owners are excited that this new industrial park will bring many people to the area.

However, they also mention this same project may take away from Mossy Heads small-town charm.

"You know everybody, you know your customers. It is how Val-P and Niceville use to be. You laugh together, you cry together, and you watch their kids grow. But as a place grows you lose tha,” said Vivian Daughtrey, co-owner of Simply Good BBQ.

Residents and business owners also think heavy traffic is another downfall.

But regardless of the bad, many say those factors are out-weighed by the good.

The biggest incentive from this multi-million dollar project is the dollars signs the Mossy Head community will be seeing in the coming years.

"The money is definitely better,” said Daughtrey.

According to Walton County Officials, eight businesses have purchased property in the industrial park.

The Love's Truck Stop is anticipated to open Labor Day Weekend.