LOCAL COMMUNITY TEAMS UP FOR DOZIER
PROPERTY By Alyssa Hyman
The closure of the Dozier School for Boys marked the end of an institution that has been around for over one
hundred years. The school has been gone for a month now, and there are questions about the future of this site.
"The school board the county and the city, we decided with the help of Jackson County Development Center. Lets
approach the State of Florida about the possibility of transferring all that to the city, the county and the school
board," says City Manager Jim Dean.
They all met with legislators including representative Marti Coley to talk about getting the 1300 acres of state
property transferred to the local community
"We all have one common goal is that the property does not sit idle. It would become an eye sore for the community.
It definitely would not help the community at all," says Representative Coley.
The county, the city and the school board are teaming up and thinking about the long-term benefits for this area.
"We're talking about ten years from now. What does that need to look like when you're getting off that interstate. To
come into this community. What needs to be there. What can we bring there to make this a better place to live and a
better place to do business," says Dean.
They are in the very early stages of the process. Representative Coley says they need more specific plans, but that
she supports their overall goal.
"I do support that. First of all I want to see the property utilized to the best advantage of the community. It's a
beautiful property. We want to see it used in a way that the community would see a great economic benefit," says
To transfer the property, it would have to be approved by the governor and the cabinet. Representative Coley says
that any requests for items like vehicles or bleachers from the Dozier School, will be considered for state agencies