Huckabee Building Mansion In Florida

December 9, 2010 4:56 a.m.

Former Gov. Mike Huckabee (R-AR), a 2008 presidential candidate and possible candidate again for 2012, is currently having a multi-million dollars mansion built in his new primary residence state of Florida:

The Arkansas Times reports:

Former Gov. Mike Huckabee is building a $3 million house on Blue Mountain Beach just east of Destin, Fla. He bought the lot on the famous sugar sand beach last year for $800,000 and this year took out a building permit for a house expected to cost $2.2 million. The three-story house will have 8,224 square feet of living space and 2,969 square feet of decks and porch. A pool or spa is also in the works.

Walton County tax records show Huckabee has a $2.8 [million] mortgage with Centennial Bank after paying off $250,000 of the land purchase. This is in addition to a $375,000 mortgage outstanding on his vacation home in North Little Rock’s Shady Valley.

Huckabee had previously announced his move to Florida — which is, of course, a key presidential state in both the primaries and the general election — back in April 2010, saying at the time that it accommodated his travel needs to New York for his TV show on Fox News: “This was a personal decision not a political one.”

Huckabee and his wife Janet registered to vote in Florida in February 2010.

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