Laurel Hill business owner: septic system is fine

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The old Hobo Video location will be the site for Highway 85 Deli, to open soon in Laurel Hill. Owners want to dispel the rumor that the location has a faulty septic system.

BRIAN HUGHES / News Bulletin
Published: Friday, April 12, 2013 at 01:05 PM.

LAUREL HILL — The old Hobo Video location will soon house Highway 85 Deli. However, before Timothy Creel and his wife, Barbara, open for business, they hope to extinguish a rumor.

"Since we have been working on the place, people have been stopping by asking how we could open a business on top of a bad septic tank," Creel said. "It was ... getting ridiculous."

Earlier, Creel and his wife, like many Laurel Hill residents, believed that the building was unusable due to its supposedly faulty septic system.

But county officials told the couple that the septic tank had been installed in 2006 and was working well.

The couple believe the rumor still plagues the location.

Creel sent an email he received from Environmental Supervisor Dana Grissom of the Okaloosa Health Department to the Laurel Hill city clerk's office. A portion of the email reads as follows:

"I know there have been numerous questions regarding  the legality of the septic system at this location. The septic system that is currently being utilized was installed originally in 2006 and the previous septic system was abandoned at that time. This office does not have any issues with the septic system at this location."

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