Micanopy Town Commissioners Reject New Sidewalk Project
Published May 14th, 2014
MICANOPY, Fla. -- After many residents voiced their concerns, commissioners in the historic town of Micanopy voted 4-1 on Tuesday against a plan to add sidewalks to the side of a main road.
The project would have added a new stretch of sidewalk on both sides of Cholokka Boulevard, running from the Micanopy Town Hall to U.S. 441.
While the construction would have been paid for entirely by federal funds, several residents living along the road opposed the project, fearing it would change the town's historic character and place those on it too close to the road.
"If they do this, it's just going to uproot the whole town. It really is," said 60-year Micanopy resident Gene Adkins.
"Just leave it alone," said resident Laura Brady. "Just leave the whole damn thing alone."
The town's mayor supported the project, saying the new sidewalk was necessary for public safety.
Following Tuesday's vote, all plans for the sidewalk will now be dropped and the money will go towards other projects in the county.
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