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Thomasville Road: Make It Enjoyable!

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Interest in walking and biking in Betton Hills and all of Tallahassee is on the upswing.  Cascades Park and Franklin Boulevard are just two incredible examples of how walking and biking improvements enhance Tallahassee’s beauty and our quality of life.  The Betton Hills Neighborhood Association board has already shared with you our efforts with the city to improve Betton Road for walkers and bicyclists.  Read on to see how we can improve Thomasville Road from Betton to Midtown.

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Lineman, Spare That Tree?

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I don’t know anyone who is thrilled to be without electrical power.  Then again, many residents enjoy their street trees and don’t want to see them diminished or damaged.  Betton Hills will soon experience the first cycle of the city’s enhanced tree trimming above power lines.  And, while it is a false choice to say it either has to be power or trees, choosing how to blend the two may take some careful thought.  This article describes the trimming program and options you have as a resident.  It gives you guidance on how to choose the line clearing strategy that’s best by you.

It’s a personal choice to support the enhanced trimming or not on your property.  The Betton Hills Neighborhood Association, while favoring a healthy urban forest, encourages you to make an informed choice.

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Be Hurricane-Ready!

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Are you new to Tallahassee and have not experienced a strong summer thunderstorm or hurricane?  Or, have you been here for some time and survived Hermine and Michael and feel it may be time to be more prepared for the next storm?  Either way, the City of Tallahassee is there to help as we begin our next storm season.  Get the details below . . . and get hurricane-ready!

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Get Your TPD!

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The Tallahassee Police Department is pleased to announce the first Family Citizens' Police Academy (CPA) for 2019.  This CPA class will be for youth and their parents or guardians.  The academy will begin March 26, 2019 and run for 9 consecutive weeks, culminating with a graduation on May 21, 2019.

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Bring Sense to Midtown!

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City Commission Vote on Midtown Garage
This Wednesday, February 20, City Hall at 4:00


City planners are still asking to build a big parking garage in Midtown.  It will be up for a City Commission vote this week.  Planners are recommending:

  • Negotiating for a $24-$30 million, 5-story, 550-car garage at Thomasville/Monroe Point that is not financially viable now; if talks are not successful, re-negotiating for the original $14 million, 5-story, 331-car garage at Thomasville and 5th Avenue
  • In addition, identifying and negotiating for other properties along Monroe for more parking garages
  • Hiring an outside parking expert

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BHNA Sets Priorities for 2019

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Friendly.  Safe.  Well-being.  Those are three words that the BHNA would like for neighbors to have in mind when they think of Betton Hills.  Recently, the board held a retreat to prioritize how we could best advance those concepts in 2019.  Here are the things we agreed to focus on:

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Proposed Parking Garage in Midtown? No.

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The BHNA board researched the proposed Midtown Garage, found it lacking in a number of aspects, and voted to oppose its construction.  We support reconvening the Midtown Working Group to come up with a data-based consensus approach solution to Midtown parking and other pertinent issues.  As a general rule the board supports urban infill, but in this instance the proposed garage is the wrong project in the wrong place and at the wrong price.

A number of Betton Hills residents have asked how they can help to prevent the Midtown Garage proposal from going forward.  Find out more about the garage and how to help in this article.

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Arbor Day: Productive and Restorative!

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It was a cloudy but warming morning for Arbor Day at McCord Park this year. Nearly 25 volunteers turned out to plant native trees, remove invasive plants, care for past plantings and maintain nest boxes. We gathered at 9:00 AM, getting fired up with hot coffee, hot chocolate, delicious pastries and bagels.

We got a lot done in two hours!  This year we benefited tremendously from volunteer efforts of five professional arborists, one arborist in training (the owner’s 7 year old son who worked as hard as the adults), and one administrator from Arbor Pros.

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