MEET THE CANDIDATES: Local Planning Agency chairman challenges Crestview incumbent

Published: Monday, March 4, 2013 at 04:01 PM.

Through teamwork with our economic partners, the groundwork has been laid to provide substantial retail opportunities within our city and provide logical steps for the expansion of our city.

I have the vision and drive to prepare our Hub City of Crestview for the future. I will continue to work to improve our city services, emphasize transparency and accountability, and foster an economic environment conducive to attracting jobs and higher education for our citizens.

Biggest issue this position faces and how you plan to address it: During my first term, we provided our children higher education opportunities through FAMU and Embry-Riddle.

Now, retail and restaurants within Crestview are the biggest problem on our citizens' minds. I worked to eliminate public school, transportation concurrency and proportionate fair share impact fees from the city’s ordinances and comprehensive plan.

Ordinance 1487, providing for a 24-month waiver period for the collection of the traffic impact fee, will be the conduit for a possible explosion of retail in Crestview.

The estimated 1,400 jobs and major retailers coming to the city will no doubt inject economic stimulus across the board. 

MICKEY RYTMAN



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