Jackson County Commissioners agreed in a special session Friday to clean up the entrance to the old Dozier School for Boys to make it more user-friendly for the public as an entrance leading to the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office.

JCSO operations are moving in stages to the old Department of Juvenile Justice detention center which was built on the grounds of the Dozier property several years ago but which eventually was closed, as was Dozier itself.

Jackson County Sheriff Lou Roberts had requested permission to modify fencing so that the entrance could be better mowed and otherwise made more presentable.

He had also asked that the old guard shack at the entrance be demolished, saying it is in extreme disrepair, but commissioners held up on that because they’d been cautioned that any demolition at this point could jeopardize an important grant that will help the county in its much larger effort to turn the entire 1,248-acre parcel of Dozier property, now known as Endeavor, into a new economic hub for the county and region. The county could revisit that request if it receives assurance that tearing down the small building will not jeopardize the grant.

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