Highway Patrol needs new office

Published: Tuesday, January 3, 2006 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, January 2, 2006 at 10:53 p.m.

I was wondering if there are any plans in the near future to build the Florida Highway Patrol a new Gainesville office. The current building, which they have been operating out of since the Eisenhower Administration, is an eyesore and an embarrassment.

It seems every time I venture into Gainesville there is a new courthouse or library or a defunct shopping center being refurbished for the Sheriff's Office. But the FHP continues to operate out of an ancient, dilapidated structure that is hardly larger than a double-wide trailer, without the amenities.

Perhaps the abandoned Winn-Dixie nearby could be acquired and redone like they did for the Sheriff's Office. These officers do a great job for us on our increasingly dangerous highways and they deserve a decent facility.

Bruce Bennett,

High Springs

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