July 2018

152 153 “H olmes County is a small ru- ral county,”explains Raymon Thomas, Executive Director of the Holmes County Develop- ment Commission.“We are 480 square miles located midway between Tallahassee and Pensacola in the West Florida Panhandle.” Holmes County is also the central county of northwest Florida, and although it is a rural county,Holmes is not far frommodern urban facilities. Interstate 10 and US Highway 90 lead east to Florida’s capital city of Tallahas- see and west to the city of Pensacola. Each is no more than an hour and a half drive away. Highway 79 South is a 30-minute direct route to the “World’s Most Beautiful Beaches,” and Highway 79 North leads to Dothan, one of Alabama’s fastest growing cities. The good people in Holmes believe that no area in the South affords finer facilities for boating, swimming, fishing, and water sports of all kinds, than the beautiful lakes and streams of Holmes County and nearby resorts on the HOLMES COUNTY, FLORIDA AT A GLANCE HOLMES COUNTY, FLORIDA WHAT: A county of 20,000 WHERE: Located midway between Tallahassee and Pensacola in the West Florida Panhandle WEBSITE: www.holmescountyonline.com THERE’S NO PLACE LIKE HOLMES HOLMES COUNTY Florida