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Tensions rising among Boynton Still advocates

Posted at 5:18 PM, Aug 22, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-22 17:18:06-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Now to a story we're continuing to follow out of Tallahassee's Boynton Still neighborhood.

A battle that will once again take center stage in less than 24 hours. Neighbors are suing the city, over a project that's impacting their neighborhood.

Neighbors and Boynton Still advocates are hoping Friday’s hearing will open Mill Street and preserve two trees, which preservationists say are historical.

Earlier this week, people with ties to the filed a lawsuit, saying that the City of Tallahassee had not complied with land development codes as demolition moves forward.

They also requested a court order that would reopen Miles Street and Still Court right away. The demolition is related to a city project.

The plan is to build a connector road from FAMU Way to Lake Bradford. The project would also add a retention pond that should improve water quality.

In the process, some people have been forced to relocate. Several trees in the neighborhood have to be cut down, including two oak trees that are believed to be historic.

Friday, people who live in that community will gather at the Leon County Court House with the goal of preserving the community.

"I am praying that the judge will say I respect the people of the Boynton community, I respect the livelihood of historical trees. I respect the fact that we are depleting good black, historical communities," said Stanley Sims, Advocate for Boynton Still Neighborhood.

Sims says he hopes the city will turn to different options, possibly building the connector road and retention pond away from the Boynton Still neighborhood.

The hearing is set for 9:30 a.m. Friday morning at the Leon County Courthouse.