Eastpoint to Get Makeover

By: Ilyssa Trussel Email
By: Ilyssa Trussel Email

Eastpoint, Florida, a quaint coastal community with plans for a makeover.

The small fishing village could soon get a downtown with shops, cafes and condos.

County Commissioners are considering a project that would be built between first and second streets on the south side of 98.

On the coastal side... across the street: a boardwalk with a seafood market downstairs and a restaurant above.

But there is mixed reaction from residents.

"It'll help the businesses that are already here and it'll help people that live here get work and it'll help bring people to the county, it'll be good for business," says Dave Whitfield who owns a home in Eastpoint.

But Michael Braswell, a local oysterman says, "You come in and knock out half the population and you got one place for loading and unloading and you've got 100 oystermen, it's gonna take all day and night. I just don't know. It might be worth it in the long run but as of right now i don't think it is."

The plan now goes to the department of community affairs for a recommendation.

Then the Franklin County commissioners will take a final vote in about 90 days.

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