Expansion of clinic space at Florida Department of Health in Fort Walton Beach facility

Special to The Log

The Florida Department of Health in Okaloosa County has received a generous donation of a 3,300 square foot modular medical clinic. The building will be located in the southeast corner of the grounds off Hospital Drive.

With prior approval from the county administrator and working in collaboration with the City of Fort Walton Beach, the health department has been granted a permit from the City to remove a grove of trees. The building modules will be delivered late next week and will be temporarily stored on the cleared property under a permit from the City.

“I am sad to see such a beautiful stand of trees destroyed, but this was the only place on the property to locate this much needed resource for our community and also be near our main clinic facility,” said Dr. Karen Chapman, director of the FDOH-Okaloosa.

FDOH-Okaloosa expects to complete the installation of the building within 90 days after obtaining appropriate development orders and permits. The development order does require the health department to replace the trees in other locations on the property.

“We look forward to using this opportunity to enhance the attractiveness of our property to the residents in our area,” said Dr. Chapman.

DOH protects, promotes and improves the health of all people in Florida through integrated state, county and community efforts.