Speed dating with a twist

Citizens and local leaders met across a table for questions, answers, sweet tea and lemonade at an event designed to create dialogue about important local issues.


Although, every seven minutes, a bell sounded to alert a dozen featured officials and leaders that it was time to switch tables at The Village Square’s “Speed Date Your Local Leaders” event Thursday night. The inaugural event attracted more than 60 people, all eager to pose questions and get face time with some of Tallahassee’s most influential people.

Their questions ran the gamut. Some quizzed leaders on water and air quality, budget issues, Frenchtown and the homeless, development in rural areas, educational programs and school-resource officers in schools. Others said little and allowed leaders to share unknown facts about themselves or their stance on issues.

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