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Recreation center drive to honor Plant City worker

PLANT CITY - PLANT CITY The circular drive at the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Recreation Center will be named in honor of Eddie C. Brooks, a retired city employee who spent his 46-year career there.
The commissioners voted unanimously April 8 to approve the tribute to Brooks, who was one of the longest-tenured city employees. He retired in 2008.
City Commissioner Mary Mathis said Brooks helped influence many children in the community over the years. Many of his former charges credited him with helping shape them into adults, Mathis said.
Brooks was 23 and coaching girls basketball at Marshall High School when he was hired by the city in 1961 as director of the new Haines Street Recreation Center. The center's name was later changed to honor the slain civil rights leader.
Brooks, who couldn't be reached for comment, retired in June 2008 when he was 70 years old.
Signs will be erected at a cost of $182 for the new Eddie C. Brooks Circle at the center at 1601 E. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
In other action of the April 8 meeting, the commissioners approved:
Spending $128,620 to reconstruct Madison Street from Hitchcock Street to the Eastside Canal. The work will include storm water inlets and piping to alleviate flooding in the neighborhood around the street.
A $10,000-a-month lease for Plant City Stadium to VisionPro Sports Institute, which is using the facility for soccer games and training. The lease runs until August, with an option for a one-month extension.
Spending $53,510 to buy a strip of land from Sunshine State Federal Savings and Loan for part of the right of way needed for turn lanes at James L. Redman Parkway and Alexander Street. The city still needs to acquire property from Bank of America and Walden Woods Village LTD for the project. City Manager Greg Horwedel said he expects negotiations to wrap up soon for the remaining properties needed for the turn lanes at the intersection, one of the most congested in the city.
Spending nearly $57,000 for storm water pipes and inlets to help alleviate flooding in the historic residential district south of Calhoun Street and east of Wheeler Street.
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