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Fort Walton Beach begins process on purchasing surplus property

The first vote on an offer for a big piece of surplus property in Fort Walton Beach is tonight.

Gregg Chapel AME Church wants to purchase the Chester Pruitt Recreation Center for four-hundred-fifty thousand dollars.

Pastor of Gregg Chapel says he sees a chance to keep the center at the heart of the community.

He says the church would expand youth programs at the center, creating a computer lab and offering classes in music and dance.
And they want to expand the space dedicated to head start, without changing their rent.

Reverend Williams "Right now they probably can get twenty-thirty kids, we want to make it to where they maybe can get fifty kids or whatever the case may be in the building. It's all about the kids"
Reverend Cecil Williams says he'd like to offer meeting space to the NAACP and other community groups at a very low cost.
It will take two votes of the city council to finalize the sale.
The first vote is tonight.