Largo commissioners approve controversial zip line

A full city hall heard Largo officials approve a zip line in the Highland Recreational Complex.

A summer of anger, petitions and over two hours speaking out by residents in Largo to city commissioners basically amounted to zip ... line.

"Motion carries 5-2," read the clerk.

A majority of commissioners felt a proposed zip line in the Highland Recreation Complex was a good idea.  That was in sharp contrast to people who live nearby the park

"It's really about the money, not about the good of the City of Largo," said neighbor Jean Morris.

"I'm afraid they're going to turn it into a carnival atmosphere," said neighbor Barry Woodard.

Concerns about noise and traffic were the most common.  A few at the meeting though felt the attraction would be a good addition to the city.

"It's going to create jobs for our local citizens," said resident Pat Edmund.

A Bradenton company TreeUmph! felt the vote was a triumph.

"We will be a great neighbor.  We're very excited about the project," said a representative for the company.

TreeUmph! will begin building the course later this year and open tentatively at the beginning of 2017.  The company will pay for construction and will pay the city a fee to operate the course.

10News has covered the story before:

Planned zip line concerns residents

Neighbors draw zip line on proposed project


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