Laurel Hill residents divided on whether the city should dissolve

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Published: Monday, November 19, 2012 at 01:33 PM.


LAUREL HILL — Mixed emotions abound for this north county town’s residents after city leaders on Tuesday unanimously voted to consider dissolving the city and becoming an unincorporated community.

City leaders voted 4-0 to set a Dec. 11 town hall meeting on the fate of Laurel Hill. The town’s history stems to 1895, when it first appeared on a map; the Florida legislature incorporated it in 1954.

That longevity counts for something, some residents said.

"It's one of the oldest establishments in Okaloosa County and to take it away so many years later is just sad," said lifelong resident Krystal Kirkland, who plans to attend the 6 p.m. town hall at First Baptist Church of Laurel Hill.

She won't be alone, according to resident Pam Nolan, who opposes the measure.

"I hope it doesn't happen," Nolan said of dissolution, noting she will attend the town hall meeting and encourages others to give input. "I think many people feel the same way. If people care about (the city), they will be there.”

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