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Protesters Gather Outside City Hall To Protest Welaunee Development Proposal

A car drives by. Someone in the backseat has rolled down their window and stuck out a sign. It reads, "We need affordable housing. Developers want city-subsidized sprawl and a silenced majority. It's time for unusual politics."
Robbie Gaffney
Protestors held signs as they drove by City Hall.

Today, cars circled city hall, honking in protest against an amendment that could clear the way for more development of the Welaunee Plantation. County commissioners voted to go forward with a virtual public hearing on the amendment despite an earlier decision to hold off. People can submit public comments, but they will not face the commissioners in person. That's caused some, like Brian Lupiani, to join the protest. He says the city should not host the meeting and that officials should take care of Tallahassee's south side before adding more territory to its boundaries.

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"So, there's a lot to be done within what we currently are committed to without extending out far beyond where we need to," Lupiani says.

The virtual public hearing will take place on May 26 at 6 p.m. It will be broadcasted on Leon County's Facebook page, YouTube Channel, and website.

Robbie Gaffney graduated from Florida State University with degrees in Digital Media Production and Creative Writing. Before working at WFSU, they recorded FSU’s basketball and baseball games for Seminole Productions as well as interned for the PBS Station in Largo, Florida. Robbie loves playing video games such as Shadow of the Colossus, Animal Crossing, and Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles. Their other hobbies include sleeping and watching anime.