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Andalusia approves skate park

Skaters in Andalusia will soon have their own park, thanks to a grant from ADECA and soon-to-be matching funds from the city.

The Andalusia City Council, with a four-to-one vote, approved the park designed to "keep kids off the streets" during the regularly scheduled meeting Tuesday night.

Councilman Bridges Anderson cast the lone opposition, because he said there might be some danger for the kids.

Department of Leisure Services Director Dwight Mikel presented the potential development and benefits of a skate park, which will utilize extra tennis courts at Johnston Park, to the council.

"There will be in-line skating and skateboarding," he said. "This is to get the young people (skaters) out of unsafe areas."

Mikel also said the possibility of an in-line hockey arena is in the mix. Mikel added there will be music for the park that will be regulated through the city, and there will also be supervision during peak hours. According to Mikel, kids and young adults may only be allowed inside the park, which will be under lock and key, during designated times.

The council also unanimously appointed Nancy Hammett to a permanent position with Andalusia Public Library.

Discussion of a case of overpayment of garbage pick-up through the city was tabled until further consideration by the council.

The council approved renaming both the Industrial Park and Industrial Drive in Andalusia. Mayor Pro Tem Jerry Andrews said the original consideration for renaming "Landfill Drive" for Industrial Drive needed to be changed. The council approved "Andalusia Industrial Park" and "Progress Drive" as the new names.