Blue Collar City Chat

By: Matt Galka Email
By: Matt Galka Email

By: Matt Galka
July 9, 2013

Tallahassee, FL - Tallahassee City Commissioners sat down with Frenchtown residents at 'the blue collar restaurant' on Brevard Street. It wasn't the stiff and stuffy public meeting you may think of when local government comes to mind.

City Commissioners Andrew Gillum and Scott Maddox were joined by members of the Tallahassee Police Department, including Chief Dennis Jones, members of the Fire Department, City Manager Anita Favors-Thompson and other city leaders. Their goal was to interact with Frenchtown residents and address some concerns about the city's plans for the area as well as get feedback from the community. Those in attendance welcomed the opportunity to interact with elected officials.

Donald Sheppard, Pastor of Watson Temple Church: We get a chance to really meet the needs of the community. There's not that gap where there's just the persons who make the decisions for the community and members of the community who aren't involved. Involvement of the community is very vital."

The forum also addressed the high profile George Zimmerman trial currently going on in Sanford, Florida.

Commissioners have done this before and would like to keep doing it in order to improve the Frenchtown area. Recently city leaders laid out a guideline for what they'd like to see done in the community.

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