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Wakulla County plans to use Wildwood Golf Course as a wastewater disposal site

A boy in slacks and a collared shirt is playing golf.
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A young golfer practices at Wildwood Golf Course

The Wakulla County Commission will not be using a piece of environmentally sensitive land for wastewater disposal. Commissioners decided last night (Monday, Oct. 18) to use the county's Wildwood Golf Course property for that purpose instead.

The original plan was to dump the treated wastewater on a property that contained a number of sinkholes. Commissioner Chuck Hess was among those who thought that was a bad idea. Especially since the golf course has a layer of impermeable clay under its sandy surface.

"This was the best solution for the county and best solution for us to move forward."

Because, he added, of the golf course's capacity to absorb treated wastewater with a minimum of aquifer impact.

"You have 600 sprinkler heads out there—at 65 gallons a minute they can put out. Water for 30 minutes a day, you've put out 1.2 million gallons."

As for what was previously the planned disposal site, Hess expected the county would sell off that land. The property had been sold to the county by former Commissioner Jerry Moore for nearly a half-million dollars.

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Tom Flanigan has been with WFSU News since 2006, focusing on covering local personalities, issues, and organizations. He began his broadcast career more than 30 years before that and covered news for several radio stations in Florida, Texas, and his home state of Maryland.

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