Gretna Florida

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Gretna is getting its act together. This small town in Gadsden County is a part of Tallahassee metro area. Just a couple of miles away from the county seat Quincy, it is quite a contrast from it. Occupying an area of less than 2 square miles, this town is home to about 1700 young people with a median age of 27 years. Throughout the nineties there was a fall in the population of about nineteen percent but now this drop is less than one percent. Almost ninety percent of the population is African American and nine percent is Hispanic. The level of education is below state average with less than 60 percent of the population completing high school. The average income is less than twenty five thousand dollars, also below the state average.

All this appears to be about to change now. Gretna has a new chief of police Ferman Richardson with over 16 years experience and who has worked for the City of Quincy training other officers. The new chief of police has plans for turning the department around and getting the community and the law enforcement officers to work together to improve the law and order situation of Gretna. He is determined to make a concerted effort to bring the crime rate down and make it a safe place to live. High on his priority is listening to the community’ concerns and keeping lines of communication open with the youth. The city has set an example for others to follow with respect to improving law and order.

Unlike most of Florida, Gretna does not have rich soil, but mining is a major occupation. In fact, the community was originally called Gritney, because it was so sandy. One hopes that Gretna will not be a poor town with many persons living below the poverty line in the near future. The economy of the city is set for an upswing with the establishment of the County's newest industrial park, Gretna Industrial Park. It is located on SR 12, 1.5 miles north of Interstate-10 and is slowly being occupied by industries. This 100-acre site has all the utilities and infrastructure in place such as well-planned and developed roads, pavements, lighting and water supply as well as rail availability. As it gains popularity, it is certain to bring new jobs to Gretna. The future appears bright, and people who settle here now can look forward to superior financial benefits.

There are numerous churches in Gretna of all major denominations like the Methodist Church, Apostolic Church, and four different Baptist Churches, including Mount Zion Church and Saint Paul’s Church. Many community activities are centered on them. The children go to the local Elementary School on Martin Luther King Boulevard. Higher education is available in Quincy and Tallahassee. There are approximately 540 households in Gretna. Almost half of these live in mobile homes. The median house value here is about thirty thousand dollars and most families live in homes they own.

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