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Updated: 04/20/2017 08:30:03AM

15 apply for AP Mall Beautification Committee

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At its April 24 meeting, the Avon Park City Council will select seven members, from 15 applicants, for a newly created Mall Beautification Committee.

By MARC VALERO

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AVON PARK — More than a dozen people have shown interest in improving Avon Park’s downtown by applying to become a member of the Mall Beautification Committee.

The committee will assist the City Council and Main Street CRA Advisory Board in their efforts to improve and maintain the appearance of the Main Street Mall.

Avon Park Chamber of Commerce Executive Director George Karos said about 20 people showed interest with 15 submitting contact information.

Karos noted that during the last Council meeting, it was noted that due to its topography, the Mall will require professional work. The city will continue to be responsible for the mowing, tree maintenance and overall upkeep.

The seven-member committee will meet regularly, possibly once a month initially, he said, to provide guidance and direction to the community groups and business establishments adopting sections of the Mall.

“Just with the mulch alone, I think the aesthetic value increases 100 percent,” Karos said.

He noted the challenges of Florida’s sandy soil.

“I think if they do get green, green grass that will help and anything else they can bring to the Mall that will survive, I think that is the issue,” Karos said.

Mayor Garrett Anderson said the Mall Beautification Project participation has been better than expected.

“It is great to see Avon Park come together in such a big way,” he said.

The City Council will approve the seven-member committee during its regular meeting on April 24.

“I would like to extend a special thank you to all those who signed up for this committee,” Anderson said. “This is only step one in what will be a long list of improvements to Avon Park.”

Councilman Jim Barnard said, “I think we have a lot of professional and non-professional applicants who were at that town hall meeting that I think are the right people for the job. I am looking forward to have them clean up Main Street to have Avon Park look the way it should be as it did years ago.”

The City Council and the Main Street CRA Advisory Board held a joint workshop, with about two dozen citizens in attendance, on March 30 to discuss improving the appearance of the Mall.


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