HAINES CITY – After having to twice put it off for a lack of time remaining in the workshop, the City Commission is again set to discuss the renaming of 8-Acre Park during a workshop tonight.
Commissioner Horace West had previously suggested renaming the park in honor of Mayor Roy Tyler, who in his seventh term is the longest tenured commissioner in the city’s history. Tyler said he would be more appreciative if it was named in honored of one of his mentors, the late Commissioner Owen Flowers.
“I’ve never wanted any recognition,” Tyler said. “I have kind of an inward thing where I look at how I contributed with some of the other people who have sat at that table. That’s kind of a quiet satisfaction for me.”
City Manager Deric Feacher may have found a happy medium. Feacher has suggested renaming the park “Legacy Park” and each year, plaques would be added along the city’s trail system to remember or honor those who contributed to the city’s success.
“Our goal is to make sure our citizens can learn their history,” Feacher said. “Each year, we’ll nominate people for the commission to consider. Plaques will be placed along the trail and we could start with Mayor Tyler.”
Tyler said former elected officials like Flowers and Claude Holmes are more deserving. The Legacy Park idea, however, is one he could support – even if it meant seeing his own name on a plaque.
“They were selfless individuals,” Tyler said of his mentors. “Even if my name is on it, the Legacy Park allows us some wiggle room.”
TIME AND PLACE
Tonight’s workshop will begin at 6 at City Hall, 620 E. Main St. It will be followed by the regular meeting at 7 p.m.
Mike Ferguson can be reached at Mike.Ferguson@directgates.com or 863-401-6981. Follow Mike on Twitter@MikeWFerguson.