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June 17, 2014

‘Name the Lots!’: Live Oak CRA wants public input on naming downtown vacant lots

Live Oak —

Local residents have a chance to be a part of history and be the one to name the two vacant lots in downtown Live Oak through the ‘Name the Lots’ contest. The Live Oak Community Redevelopment Agency is asking for suggestions for a name for the vacant lots located at the corner of Warren Street and Pine Avenue. The deadline to submit an entry is Tuesday, July 15. 

“The CRA may choose a name from those submitted and if they do, the person who makes the winning suggestion will be entitled to a free dinner for two at the Dixie Grill,” said Tim Williams, CRA director. 

Once the CRA has selected a name and the winner has been chosen, the board will then take it a step further and make a recommendation to Live Oak City Manager Kerry Waldron to name the lots. Waldron will then present it to the Live Oak City Council who will make the final decision. For more information, please visit www.facebook.com/liveoakCRA.

The vacant lots were once home to two buildings that housed many businesses throughout the years including Big Wheel Marketplace. They, along with other buildings downtown, were flooded following Tropical Storm Debby in June 2012. Following the flood a 160-foot sinkhole formed partially underneath them and Warren Street that parralelled them to the south. The buildings were razed, the sinkhole fixed and recently trees and grass were planted on the vacant lots. The Live Oak farmers market will call the future lots home in the future, as well as be a place for families to picnic and peruse vendors during special events. 

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