Live Oak —
Here are the Suwannee Democrat’s editorial objectives for 2014. Each year, the editorial board, comprised of Publisher Myra Regan and Editor Jeff Waters, establishes five items that focus on the betterment of our communities and county.
Each objective is, we believe, important to the overall welfare and future stability of all of us. We write several stories each year focusing on the editorial objectives to keep their importance alive. We always welcome lively debate on these and all issues.
We may add to the objectives throughout the year, depending on the needs of the communities and county.
When we believe an objective has been met, we will put a check mark beside it, but will continue to focus on the objective throughout the year. Some objectives may carry over from year, to year.
Here is our list for 2014.
Revitalize downtown Live Oak.
The continuation of revitalizing downtown Live Oak remains important to us as we believe Live Oak, being the county seat, is the first city that most visit when they come into Suwannee County. Having a beautifully designed and well-maintained city will only attract more visitors. We also need to focus on jump starting Live Oak as it pertains to entertainment. We need to keep folks downtown to shop our local businesses, and to play.
Continue work on Perimeter Road.
This is a project that has been ongoing for several years and one that needs to continue. We have invested much for its success and cannot back out now. This project needs to come to fruition, and very soon. The proposed Perimeter Road will connect US 90 near CR 49 with US 129 North by way of 101st Road and 72nd Trace.
Continue developing catalyst site.
We need smart growth and industry that will make us competitive with larger counties. The catalyst site can get us there if we have a competent economic director that can get businesses to locate there this year.
Update our LDRs and comp. plan to better protect resources and plan for growth.
This objective needs to happen soon. The county recently voted not to seek help form the state that would steer the county in the right direction as far as our Land Development Regulations are concerned. That help would have been free. Commissioner Wesley Wainwright alluded that we have someone in house that is very capable of handling LDR issues. Listen to the people who have spoken and let’s take a look at the LDRs.
Wise use of tax dollars
It’s no secret the millions of dollars that have been spent out of tax payers coffers in 2013, and that is why we chose this objective. Too much public money is being wasted and in the coming year, readers will see more emphasis on accountability for local government as the Democrat continues to call attention to the use of tax dollars.