Apalach delays changes to CRA

Published: Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at 09:18 AM.

"Look to P & Z,” she said. “Why invent another new body? We have to look at laws that are in place presently.”

Leslie Coon said she supported Main Street, the chamber and the CRA, but questioned why it was necessary to expand and intertwine these organizations.

“There are so many people, on so many boards that are redundant,” she said. “Why is it that Main Street has to be on the CRA board? Why is it assumed by you there will be a battle if they are not on that board?

“Why do all these different boards have to be on other boards? Why isn’t it simply a process?” she asked. By the way, an eight-member board doesn’t work. So how many members of a board does it make it equal?”

Jamie Liang, who said she was an attorney but was not representing a particular party, cited the state statute that had created CRAs as an advisory board and a watchdog board.

“This implies an independence of the board,” she said. “The mission of the CRA is every narrow.”

Liang said that while the CRA focuses on eliminating blighted areas and other such revitalization, Main Street has a broader mission statement that “dovetails in some respects.” She said Main Street’s bylaws specify that it will promote travel and tourism, advocate for a positive view of Apalachicola, pursue appearance improvements to the downtown, and education for business owners, among others.

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