Robert Krause


The 1930s represented a time of profound change in the South as it did across the nation. An examination of New Deal agencies and their public works in the Florida Panhandle highlights the dynamic character of federal projects and their impact upon human and natural landscapes. Federal aid in the form of public works projects in the sixteen western panhandle counties created a visibly-new world for residents. 1 The construction of roads and towns in previously-raw coastal timberlands led to a transformation of place and the emergence of not only new commercial and recreational spaces, but the development of a military-industrial complex that remains in place today.