Now that 2017 has slipped away and 2018 has begun its long journey, I would like to share with you some of the accomplishments of your Crestview City Council.
TRANSPORTATION: We have 3 of our City Council members on the Okaloosa Walton Transportation Planning Organization where we work with members across both counties to address our transportation issues. Four of those members we work with are Okaloosa County Commissioners. Together, we have been able to raise the priority of 6-laning SR 85 coming into Crestview, put the West bound by-pass back on the planning schedule, and introduce the Eastern by-pass as a new alternative. We have submitted the Arena Road Connector project to the Florida Legislature for a second time and to the Triumph Committee also. The connector will help take some of the traffic off from the southern section of SR 85 by providing a parallel road between PJ Adams and Raspberry Road. We are still awaiting right of way approval from business owners to build a cut-through in Crestview Corners that will allow people to connect from Hospital Road over to Redstone without getting onto SR 85.
BUSINESSES: We have seen the opening of one new hotel and a second one is now being built. Additionally, we have the new North Publix, North Wendy’s, McCalister’s, New York’s Famous Pizza, several new barber/beauty shops, Mr. Mattress’ new building, the new Waffle House, Marco’s Pizza, FLEX Fitness, and other approved projects underway such as Chick-fil-A, an expansion of AA Tactical, and Popeye’s.
ORDINANCES: We approved a special 1-3 day license for Main Street activities to serve alcohol, are currently re-writing the RV/Camper ordinance to reflect more realistic standards, and are working on a change in housing inspection standards that will be fair and equitable, but still allow the city to address out and out decrepit buildings. We banned Medical Marijuana Dispensaries in Crestview until such time that there is evidence that the Federal and State Governments have clarified all the necessary conditions.
ONGOING PROJECTS: The Twin Hills Dog Park is now is on beam to identify a construction company and a joint effort with the County to convert the old Piggly Wiggly area on Wilson Street to a park/parking lot. The Fire Department is driving around in two new fire trucks. We also purchased land to set aside for a 4th Fire Station when needed on the north side of town. We allocated property to the Police Department and will work with them in building their own firing/training range.
I will close with what I think is the most important act that we did as your elected officials. We empaneled a Citizen’s Charter Review Committee to advise us if we should change our current form of government. That Committee made a recommendation that will be presented to you, the citizens, in the form of a referendum on the August primary. There will be a workshop shortly at which we will decide the best way to educate the people as to what your choices are.
JB Whitten, Crestview City Council President