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City of Milton offers incentives to businesses

MILTON  --  The city of Milton is offering incentive agreements to three businesses who are interested in opening their doors in Downtown Milton.

That means three different restaurants for the local economy. A cafe with outside seating, a pizzeria and a deli are getting a helping hand in the form of thousands of dollars from the Milton City Council.

"The more businesses we have coming into our area, then that's more money and that means more dollars will circulate in our community and that makes our economic base stronger," said Guy Thompson, Mayor of Milton.

That's something the mayor says will benefit everyone. The mayor says the idea behind the incentives is to 'help rebuild' the older part of the city, that really hasn't seen a lot of new construction and businesses.

"We call it the tourism district. If you want to put a business in that tourism district, then you are entitled to incentives, if you meet the criteria that council has set forth," Thompson said.

Those items are: Creating jobs, spending money on infrastructure for the property and that you as a business are raising the tax base in that area.

The pizzeria and deli are slated to be built on this lot right near the Santa Rosa County Veterans Memorial Plaza.
The pizzeria would get a total of $8,000 in incentives. While the the deli would get a total of $43,000 in incentives.

Doc's Courtyard Cafe is already in operation but the owners want to build an outdoor 'new Orleans style' seating area. That area would be built here in this open lot- right next to the current liquor store.

Doc's Courtyard Cafe is expected to be up and running by mid summer.