Citizen’s North Monroe Corridor Task Force meets, hopes to clean up one of Tallahassee’s most traveled roads

Published: Jun. 24, 2021 at 10:49 PM EDT
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) - Thursday, the Citizen’s North Monroe Corridor Task Force, aimed at addressing crime, infrastructure and homelessness in the area met for the first time.

The Task Force said they were excited to get their first meeting started and didn’t shy away from any topics. The Task Force said it hopes to clean up one of Tallahassee’s most traveled roads.

There was a lot to discuss, some topics sparking debate.

“I think we saw a lot of passion, there’s a lot of passionate people,” said Johnna Coleman with the Big Bend Continuum of Care. “They are passionate about their homes, they are passionate about their community, and like me, I’m passionate about the people that I serve.”

Leon County Commissioner Rick Minor said “They were not afraid to talk about the issues and debate the issues, and that’s a really good sign of a task force that’s really going to take a hard look at the things that we need to discuss.”

Most of the conversation centered around crime and homelessness in that specific part of town.

“My sister will not even go on Monroe Street anymore because she’s so concerned about crime and about homelessness,” said Task Force member Jo Pemrose.

Some noted that more resources need to be available to folks who might have no place to turn.

“So that you know people who are experiencing homelessness are not criminalized for just trying to live.”

But, together, they’re hoping to get boots on the ground to make a difference.

“You have to be out there looking at it, talking to people and really making your own observations and not just driving by.”

The group now has three to four more meetings remaining to try to do what’s best for the North Monroe Corridor. The next Task Force meeting will be Thursday, July 22.

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