Commissioners table PSJRA vote

Published: Thursday, March 20, 2014 at 09:47 AM.

“(The PSJRA board is) an incubator of ideas, ideas to improve the city. They don’t get to spend any money that we don’t say okay. We are already the board.”

Magidson noted the agency has brought in nearly $3.9 million in investment in the downtown since 2006.

The list of projects, from improving the U.S. Highway 98 corridor, City Commons Park, the Billy Joe Rish Memorial Parking Lot, the Dr. Joe Hendrix Parking Lot, sidewalks along Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. were just a few of the projects for which the PSJRA was responsible.

And he reiterated an argument Buzzett and he have made from the outset of the debate – city commissioners are already in effect the board of the PSJRA, with final say over all projects and spending.

“They have not done anything without us approving what they are doing,” Magidson said.

Resident and business owner Dusty May said the city has looked better than it has in decades and said the vote should be based on what is best for the city, what would grow the city and make it an attractive place for his kids to make a life as he had.

“In the last five, six, 10 years it is unbelievable how much better the city looks,” May said. “Take a step back and think about what is best for the city.”

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