PSJ commissioners name focus group for park planning

Published: Thursday, January 31, 2013 at 09:19 AM.

And Gail Alsobrook emphasized that “nothing has been done in the dark” during the planning process, the team for which included several local professionals. The PSJRA holds its meetings in the sunshine, the first workshop was advertised and the plans presented to the BOCC.

“The PSJRA board is the first focus group and nothing has been done in the dark,” she said. “A lot of people are already involved and I hope there will continue to be public involvement.”

Port St. Joe resident Tim Nelson said the city should have idea of what it wanted out of the park before plans were drawn up.

He said public input to the planners is essential and the park plans should be no be created in a vacuum.

“This should not be an isolated plan,” Nelson said. “To me the important thing is connecting (the business district on Reid Avenue) to the waterfront.

“Before they start, the planners need guidance.”

And that guidance, Buzzett said, should be coming at least initially from the focus group.

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