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Mayor's office prepares for Longest Table event

Posted at 2:17 PM, Nov 03, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-05 22:12:11-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - This weekend, 1,000 Tallahassee residents will share a meal together as part of an event called the Longest Table.

The event started two years ago and has more than doubled in size. This will be the fifth Longest Table event and the third one to feature an actual long table.

The idea is to bring residents together from different backgrounds and neighborhoods to talk about key issues in the city while having dinner together. The mayor’s office says the event comes at a critical time in light of recent racial tension in Gainesville and Charlottesville.

“You see how quickly communities can tear themselves apart with division," said Jamie Van Pelt, the community relations coordinator for the office of the mayor. "We’ve been very fortunate in Tallahassee that has not happened, so it is the perfect time to have this conversation, to check in with each other on a human level, and to really break bread and to have these important talks about where we go from here as a community.”

The event starts Sunday at 5:30 p.m. along Duval Street between Jefferson and Madison. It’s free to the public. You can still RSVP here.