The Future of Levy County
They are in the midst of a series of workshops to create a vision for what the county will look like in the year 2030. They expect to add 20,000 new residents, in other words, ten times the current population of Chiefland. They also have been told to expect fewer crops like peanuts and more forestry and environmental tourism. In the workshops, county leaders are deciding what they like, what they want to change and how they can implement those changes. Workshop co-leader Rodney Clouser says county government is like an aircraft carrier--it's hard to change direction. "We're trying to plan for our future generations here in Levy County," says Commissioner Lilly Rooks. "Businesses, families, we want this to be a county were people want to come live and raise their families." Clouser says even though in some ways, long-term planning can be risky because there are more variables, he says it's important to plan now. "To accomplish things, to work through it, to engage the citizens, and sell them on the vision for the community, the county commission must start working on it in the current time," says Clouser. The workshops are just the first phase in the 2030 vision. Later, the commissioners will take their ideas to the towns and cities for input. Funds to pay for the workshops come from a grant from the Florida Association of Counties at no cost to Levy County. By Dan Breitwieser, WCJB TV 20 News.
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