VERNON — The City of Vernon is about to become a little more beautiful thanks to a $100,000 highway beautification grant.
The funds were awarded to the Vernon Garden Club by the Florida Highway Beautification Council last year, but groundbreaking ceremonies took place at City Square Tuesday, April 15.
The City of Vernon facilitated the grant which is part of a beautification project along Highway 79. Vernon Garden Club member Pam Cates requested permission from the City to apply for the grant last year and later reported to the City Council the club was one of 30 to apply.
“I was thrilled to find out that our project was accepted," said Cates.
Mayor Michelle Cook says she appreciates the Garden Club's efforts.
"This project will bring life back to City Square," said Cook. "It should be completed by mid-June."
The overall project, which is meant to compliment the planned widening of Highway 79,
will include irrigation and landscaping work from Pate Pond Rd. to Court Street and from Court Street to the Vernon Elementary School.
The Vernon Garden Club's portion of the project will include City Square and from the south end of the bridge to Court St.