Apalach delays changes to CRA

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

Liang called the Main Street expansion proposal “a move to disturb the independent nature of the (CRA) board. The whole bringing up of these things calls into question respect for the independence of the board. The whole thing seems not to have gone through the right channels,” she said.

Ash pressed her concerns. “What I’m hearing is kind of disheartening,” she said. “The CRA is there for a purpose; it’s not there as a political battleground. We’re not here to engage in the infighting, that’s not the purpose. We’re here to get something accomplished for the city of Apalachicola.

“We need to work together. What I’m hearing is Main Street, Main Street, Main Street,” she said.

“It’s a fear that eventually the Main Street will take over development of the city,” said Johnson.

The first reading of the ordinance to reconfigure the CRA board had been on Tuesday’s agenda, but the mayor secured unanimous approval to have the matter postponed until the March 4 regular meeting.

“This will give the CRA a chance to discuss it,” said Ash. “We’re going to start over the process.”


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