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Growth, Disaster Recovery Among CONA Concerns


Leon County is growing rapidly and that's putting pressure on many residential neighborhoods. That's just one issue that was discussed during Monday (2/27)) night's president and delegates meeting of CONA: the Council of Neighborhood Associations.

CONA President Leroy Peck said the meeting would serve as a roadmap for the year.

"This is our chance to set our calendar and see what's important to neighborhood leaders, see what issues individual neighborhoods are facing and as we look throughout the city, there are some concerns about growth projects and public land and those kinds of things, so from this meeting we'll determine what our priorities should be going forward."

Peck added residents of Myers Park aren't the only ones concerned about the matter of what was public land suddenly becoming private developments that impact their neighborhood.

"Is that the slippery slope we're going to start sliding down and so that's a discussion I also want to have with this group, but then after this group discussion, meet with individual commissioners and have that same discussion."

Another concern for Peck, how neighbors can help each other better when an emergency like Hurricane Hermine strikes.

"Getting back to grass roots and training folk in how to respond to a disaster and how individual neighborhoods can do things because it's going to take awhile for government to get up and running again."

Peck said CONA is basing its action plan for the year on the basis of Monday night's discussion.

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Tom Flanigan has been with WFSU News since 2006, focusing on covering local personalities, issues, and organizations. He began his broadcast career more than 30 years before that and covered news for several radio stations in Florida, Texas, and his home state of Maryland.

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