Cross City, the county seat of Dixie County, is one of several small towns located on U.S. Highway 19/98. The road is part of the Florida Gulf coastal highway which connects Pensacola to Tampa. Cross City is a good place for travelers to stop and spend the night. The town is located 19 miles from the Florida Gulf Coast and serves as a good multi-day staging area from which to explore the nearby coastline, the 53,000-acre Lower Suwannee National Wildlife Refuge, Horseshoe Beach, Shired Island, the Suwannee River, Fanning Springs State Park and Manatee Springs State Park.

Historically, Natural North Florida was a large lumber producing area for the United States and for export to Eruope.  Lumber from the south, particularly the curvaceous Live oak tree, was coveted by wooden ship builders in the 19th century.  Cross City served as an important destination for the lumber industry.  The Putnam Lumber Company, which was based in the county, constructed a company town adjacent to Cross City known as Shamrock.  As part of the town, the lumber company built the Putnam Lodge in 1927.  Lumber buyers were housed, wined and dined at the lodge.  Just as importantly, the lodge provided comfortable accommodations for the wives of the buyers.  Reminiscent of a national park lodge, it continues to provide lodging and dining to visitors.

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Public Comment: Intend to Apply – CDBG-MIT Rebuild Florida
Published on August 26, 2021

Notice is hereby given that the Town of Cross City is offering citizens the opportunity to make comments on the proposed grant application for Community Development Block Grant Mitigation (CDBG-MIT) Rebuild Florida General Infrastructure Program (GIP) administered by the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) with funding provided by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for disaster mitigation projects. The City will submit the following application:

Construction of a new Public Safety Facility:  Fire/Police Facility

The project will consist of the following:

  • WHAT: Construction of a new facility to be used as a Public Safety Facility.  The facility will be developed on existing City land, using land previously purchased specifically for this use.  The goal is to use the land investment as positive financial leverage for the grant (help support the application).
  • NEED: The City does not have a “safe/hardened” structure to secure its fire response vehicles and Fire/Police personnel.  The current facility only supports fire service and has a failing roof system (leaks that continue to be repaired), as well as the 50-year-old structure not meeting current wind-load safety requirements.  The facility will also be shared with the Cross City Police Department (Economy of Scale).  Currently, the Police Department utilizes limited space in City Hall, which continually presents a major safety/security problem, as well as inadequate shelter during major events.  Important also – City Hall is not safe/approved as a storm shelter.   
  • COST BENEFIT: The City will develop an economically feasible and reasonably sized (not oversized) facility that will serve both Fire and Police, with an emphasis on storm/disaster resilience.  Equipment and personnel can then be located in a safe facility, ready to respond. 

Please submit any comments or questions you may have about the project to City Manager John Driggers at citymanager@townofcrosscity.com or by postal service at P.O. Box 417 Cross City, FL 32628 – ATTN: City Manager. All comments due by September 10, 2021 at 5:00 PM.

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