Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Historic Label Not Favored by Some

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Historic Label Not Favored by Some

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Opponents of historic designation for Riverside and Avondale

said they feel like Custer at Little Bighorn.

They feel outmanned and outgunned.

"I'm going against an organized civic group, and they turn out

in big numbers," said Richard Rayl" an Avondale resident. "When

you're in opposition, you know you'd better circle the wagons

and hope you have enough firepower."

But both sides will have to wait a while longer to find out the

outcome of the battle.

At public hearings Monday, two City Council committees deferred

voting on the issue until Dec. 1.

Don Davis, chairman of the recreation and community development

committee, said members need time to review materials supporting

local designation given to them by Riverside Avondale

Preservation.

Later Monday, the finance committee deferred the issue without

comment.

After the committees vote on the measure, it will go to the

full council for a vote. The earliest that could happen would be

Dec. 9.

Bonnie Grissett, RAP's executive director, said she will be

glad when the issue is settled.

"We have been working on it a very long time, and the people in

the neighborhood have been working on it a very long time," she

said.

In October, local historic designation was overwhelmingly

approved by 20 percent of eligible property owners who

responded. The issue then went to the council for a public

hearing on Nov. 12.

At the council hearing, several speakers said they had put

their lifeblood into their homes and wanted to ensure that

others worked as hard as they had.

Architect Ted Pappas, who spoke at the council hearing, said

Riverside and Avondale contain a "fantastic collection of

wonderful architecture" that needs to be preserved.

Springfield and a six-block area of Riverside known as St.

Johns Quarter already have local historic status.

Rita Reagan, president of Springfield Preservation and

Restoration, told council members that historic designation was

the savior of Springfield. …

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