Resident urges unity for entire city


For practical purposes the replacement of water and sewer lines is linked to the replacement of sidewalks along Martin Luther King Jr., Blvd. which has led to further delays in seeing the pipe replacement begin.

Wes Locher
Published: Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 09:29 AM.

Linda Tschudi came before the Port St. Joe City Commission last week with a straightforward request.

Ensure that commissioners focus on the entire city, not just the south, not just the north.

Tschudi was there to express frustration with two projects, or lack of progress on such projects.

One is for streetlights and sidewalks on Dr. David Langston Drive, a cause dear to Tschudi’s heart as the late Langston was her brother.

As was explained to Tschudi, the city and the Port St. Joe Redevelopment Agency are applying for grants – one it was said during last week’s meeting was near approval – to put in sidelights.

The Florida Department of Transportation has sidewalks on Langston Drive – the lone connector of the north and south neighborhoods once divided by railroad tracks – among projects on its district five-year plan, though Clay Smallwood with Preble Rish Engineers said it would be at least two years before funding was available.

The other target of Tschudi’s dismay was the ongoing delay on installation of water and sewer pipes in the neighborhood of North Port St. Joe.

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