Take a walk around the streets of downtown Brooksville you will most likely see for rent signs in the windows of many buildings. One of those places use to be home to Southern Ladies and a Gent restaurant.
"The restaurant downtown was very, very quaint and very pretty, but the business just wasn't there," Nikke Stanford said.
She is co-owner of Southern Ladies and a Gent and originally opened up off Broad Street downtown, but after a few months she decided to move out of downtown.
One possible reason, one-way streets running through the heart of downtown.
"The day they were opened downtown changed from parking, shopping, maybe dining to moving trucks and freight through downtown," Brooksville Vision Foundation Chairman Cliff Manuel said.
In the early 90's U.S. 41 and U.S. 98 were made into one-way streets to help transport goods through the area quickly and more efficiently. "You have trucks competing with pedestrians, and pedestrians loose that battle every time, so it's important for us to get the trucks out of the downtown area," Cliff said.
So to help do that, Cliff has started drawing up plans to change the way downtown moves.
"Different ways to move goods and services downtown, eventually eliminating the one-way pairs, having them go back to a private business district," Cliff said.
Businesses and residents are putting all the blame on just the one way streets down here. They also say it's the lack of parking available, and the recent edition of red light cameras. Combine all those factors together and many say that's the reason so many people are steering clear of the downtown Brooksville area.
"It makes it hard for businesses downtown to function without a good parking spot," Nikki said.
Parking is a problem Cliff plans to address, but so for right now not much is know about the plan just yet because it's still in it's early stages.
In a few months Cliff hopes to present his ideas to city and county officials to get the ball moving, hopefully bringing businesses and life back to downtown Brooksville."
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