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Lynn Haven Residents Debate Improvements To Sheffield Park

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Lynn Haven, Fla. -

A park in the city of Lynn Haven is stirring up discussion. Sharon Sheffield park is set to receive a variety of upgrades and improvements, but some residents don't agree with the plans.

Their voices were loud, and at times critical in Lynn Haven Monday night. Residents met with city leaders to once again discuss the future of the park

After citing other examples of parks in Lynn Haven that have received improvements in the past, the city went slide by slide through the proposed improvements to Sheffield.

Some residents expressed concern over the fountains.

"They are a continual nightmare for maintenance," one resident said.

Others took issue with the fencing.

"If you're gonna fence off 10th street, people that's parking there is gonna have a hard time getting in unless you're gonna put some gates somewhere," another resident said.

For others, funding was the main concern.

"Improvements can be made without the humongous price tag that is being put on the city of Lynn Haven for this project," one resident said.

It's a price tag that will come in at about $1.4 million. Some residents think it's worth every penny.

"I think this is a wonderful thing, I don't think it's going to be done overnight like people are thinking it's going to be done," one supporter said.

If it's not an overnight project, residents made it clear Monday they want a majority of the final say as the process moves forward.

City manager John Lynch made it a point to emphasize that these are not the final plans, and nothing is set to be constructed yet. In fact, he is encouraging residents to submit their ideas to the city as they take everything into consideration.