Tallahassee’s City Commissioners are planning for the new year. On their agenda, an overarching, five-year plan that focuses on economic development, poverty, infrastructure, public safety, public trust, and quality of life.
It’s been almost a year since the Tallahassee Commission got three new members, bringing a new era at City Hall. WFSU recently went to Commissioner Jeremy Matlow’s open office hours to get his thoughts on the first year with the group.
A petition urging Tallahassee commissioners not to ban plastic straws is gaining momentum. It has more than 1,000 signees. Now two, city commissioners are asking the body to consider sustainable alternatives to plastic straws.
The City of Tallahassee is set to close on its purchase of the old Northwood Mall around May 20th. That $7.1 million purchase also includes the land the Hooters restaurant sits on, as well as one of the locations for Enterprise car rentals and three restaurants. The city is also considering 68 proposed sites for a new Tallahassee Police Department location.
Tallahassee Commissioners have given city staff the go-ahead to continue looking into a co-location project with the energy group NextEra—but it comes with the stern warning the commissioners likely won’t approve a final plan that includes power lines along Tram Road. The project would help harden the city’s power grid at a reduced cost and Commissioner Curtis Richardson says while that’s good, it doesn’t balance out the bad.
The Tallahassee city commission has decided to scrap two plans: one to develop more parking in Midtown, and another that called for the building of a new headquarters for the Tallahassee Police Department on the Southside.
Three Tallahassee residents received keys to their new homes Tuesday. This was part of the Big Bend Habitat for Humanity’s newest projects and highlights the city’s efforts to grow more affordable housing.
Single-family home prices are climbing upward with demand, according to the City of Tallahassee. An update from the City’s Office of Economic Vitality says single-family home construction permits are at their highest number since 2007.
Governor Rick Scott has approved a bill aimed at expanding 5-G wireless technology. But the measure also reduces local control. It takes away the ability of local governments to decide where the infrastructure for the technology should go, and how much to charge.
Free Wi-Fi is now available at one of Tallahassee’s popular areas. Officials are calling it the city’s first Smart Park, and they're inviting the public to an event Friday that allows them to play the popular app game Pokemon Go.