RV parking at Lake City's
An issue soon to be gone with the wind
Columbia County, FL (Posted Feb 03, 2011 07:45 am)
The Observer learned early Wednesday evening that the RV no parking issue at the Lake City Walmart, which has gone viral on the net and done nothing more than cause ill will for Lake City and Columbia County, is soon to be gone with the wind. A call to Wendell Johnson, Lake City’s straight talking City Manager, confirmed the tip was soon to become a reality and the signs at Walmart are going to be coming down.
The Observer asked City Manager Johnson if it was really true that the PR nightmare was coming to an end on Thursday.
City Manager (CM) Johnson: “Walmart has been a good neighbor and voluntarily put up the signs. They are their signs, not the City’s. Now I am going to do everything I can to see that the signs come down, because it is the right thing to do.”
The Observer: “For a while, when Scott Reynolds was the City Manager , this went away. Now it came back...”
CM Johnson: “That’s right. Everything I know about this issue has been ongoing for the last 20 months that I've been here. It's become a problem that we don't need in Lake City and I am going to do my very best to resolve the problem.”
The Observer: “Has there been any conversation with the Council members and the Mayor?”
CM Johnson: “What do you think? I told the Mayor that this is going to be a challenge. It did not have to be this way, but unfortunately for us it is this way.”
CM Johnson continued: “This is a black eye that needs to be fixed. It’s not good for any of us.”
CM Johnson said there may be a press conference, although he was not sure that it would be necessary and that he thought tomorrow [now today] would be the turning point.
The Observer: “I’m sure many folks, from here to Oklahoma are going to be glad to hear that, even Mr. Shaw.”
CM Johnson concluded: “Lake City is the gateway to Florida. We welcome everyone into Florida and want everyone to feel welcome in Lake City.”
The Observer: "Thanks for your time this evening."