Lanier Islands Parkway district sinks | GainesvilleTimes.com

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Lanier Islands Parkway district sinks | GainesvilleTimes.com

One year after gathering momentum, a push to create a self-taxing district along Ga. 347/Lanier Islands Parkway in South Hall County has fizzled, with once-interested parties looking elsewhere for improvements along the busy strip.

Mike Williams, CEO at Lake Lanier Islands resort in South Hall, said he’s “very disappointed” at the way things have turned out.

“I think there are things that no city government would have funded that would have made our area stand out among other parts of Hall and Gwinnett counties,” he said.

Resolutions approving the community improvement district cleared the Hall County Board of Commissioners and Flowery Branch City Council in spring 2013. The last government needed to move the concept toward reality was Buford Board of Commissioners, where the issue hit a dead end.

“There was no support for how it was structured,” said Buford commission Chairman Phillip Beard in an interview last week. “It came down to whether we wanted to impose a tax on our citizens and (that) we maintain our rights of way down here more than anybody else does in the whole area.”

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