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Blueprint Meeting Brings Out Project Opponents

Handwritten protest signs lean against a brick wall
Tom Flanigan
Some of the signs in evidence in front of Tallahassee City Hall in advance of the Blueprint meeting.

A $20 million request from FSU to fund improvements to Doak S. Campbell Stadium was among the plans drawing criticism.

Before the May 27th meeting of the Blueprint Intergovernmental Agency at Tallahassee City Hall, opponents of some projects up for a vote gathered outside to voice their disapproval.

What began as a plan for a convention center on the Florida State campus had turned into a $20 million request for Doak Campbell Stadium improvements. Max Epstein was one of those who thought either one was a bad idea.

"We're upset because we're seeing public dollars go to private entities that don't necessarily need that kind of money."

Also opposed was long-time Tallahassee resident Joe Lama.

"I was here for voting the original Blueprint sales tax for transportation! And a football stadium is not transportation."

Others demonstrating outside City Hall wanted the Blueprint money to be used for sidewalks, affordable housing and help for small businesses in disadvantaged neighborhoods.

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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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