On July 27th, Leon County Commissioner Rick Minor did an interview on The Steve Stewart Show on Real Talk 93.3. Minor was asked to address a number of current issues facing Leon County, provided below are his responses.
Homelessness: When asked if there has been progress made with homelessness, Minor explained that while the number of homeless people has continued to rise, Leon County has gotten better at dealing with the issue by investing in the Big Bend Continuum Care and creating the Street Outreach Team. When asked about the pushback toward the signs prohibiting solicitation in road median from the more progressive members of the community, Minor stated, “I think they misconstrue the purpose of the signs.” He explained that the purpose of the signs is for people to understand if they really want to help, they should donate to Big Bend.
Crime: When asked of his opinion on the approach to add more police officers to stop crime, Minor stated, “I wholeheartedly believe we need more police officers on the team, both for TPD and for the Leon County Sheriffs Office.” He continued, “The whole, defund the police argument is the most ridiculous I’ve ever heard. Anyone who says defund the police or reduce police budget reveals to me that they don’t know about the real world.” Additionally, he noted the more people we have out there on the street wearing badges increasing public safety, the better off we are.
Northeast Park: When asked about his opinion on the Northeast Park, Minor noted that he supports the Northeast Park and acknowledges the need for ball parks in the Northeast community, especially in comparison to other districts. However, he stated, “There are a lot of parts of town that have inequity in many other ways.” He went on to explain that Blueprint’s upcoming budget year has $125 million in new budget dollars added to projects, and that almost all of the budget dollars are going towards the Northeast and South communities. He stated, “Blueprint is actually taking dollars away from projects in the west of Tallahassee and on the east of Tallahassee, so I have a problem with that.”
Citizen Concern: When asked what major concerns voters have, Minor said that homelessness has remained the number one issue. He explained that the two main issues are helping homeless people find safe stable housing, and figuring out how to make citizens feel safe in their community.