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Milton City Council approves master plan for riverfront makeover
MILTON -- Some big changes are on the way in Milton. The city council has approved a five-year master plan that includes a complete makeover of the city's riverfront and more.
There are 60 to $80 million worth of projects outlined in this master plan. Some of them could be paid for with city tax dollars and others with outside funding.
Parts of the plan would transform the riverfront into a New Orleans style walkway and extend the boardwalk to the north and south.
Other projects would make streets more pedestrian friendly and improve the overall look and feel of public spaces.
The idea is to attract more tourists and businesses to the city and the village of Bagdad.
Brooke Coulter, Milton, "We do need to get more young people active in this area because a lot of young people are going to Pensacola."
Taxpayers we spoke with had mixed feelings about the plan.
Coulter said, "We could have local stuff down here that's still funmusic down here."
Bruce Richards of Milton said, "It's very ambitious for them to think they can get it done in five years. If so, good luck to them."
Milton Planning Manager Randy Jorgenson says the city will look for funding for the plan from a variety of sources, including potential settlement money from the lawsuit filed over the 2010 BP oil spill, as well as federal and state grants and more.
Janet Coulter, real estate agent said, "We need the growth."
Janet Coulter said, "We get into this mindset that we're a small community, nobody wants to grow. We can support a big project like this. I think that our area would be able to handle this sort of project."
The process of figuring out when these projects will be implemented and how they'll be funded still has a long ways to go.
Council members will continue that discussion at a hearing this Thursday.