Regional planners give accolades to Plant City
PLANT CITY - Plant City government took home a top honor recently from regional planners for its role in the expansion and renovation of a clinic for the needy. Plant City won first place in the community service category from the Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council for its work on Plant City Family Care. The council, which oversees planning in Hillsborough, Pasco, Pinellas and Manatee counties, has been presenting awards for 21 years. This is the first time Plant City has won in about three years, said City Commissioner Bill Dodson, who represents the city on the council. ďItís nice to be back in the winnerís circle,Ē he said.The city also received a second place award in the green building category for Plant City Family Care. The clinic at 508 N. Maryland Ave., operated by Suncoast Community Health Center, was expanded and renovated last year at a cost of $2.4 million. As part of the expansion, Suncoast bought and razed a dilapidated service station at Maryland and Baker Street to make way for parking. Dodson said the city helped in getting the stationís owners together with Suncoast and gave other assistance. The planning councilís awards recognize achievements in planning and management.