The Joint Water and Sewer Commission’s decision last February to recalculate and lower sewer tap-in fees has given a boost to local business, particularly in the Canal Crossing shopping development. The fees were increased in June of last year and had a detrimental impact on business. But since the fees were lowered, Canal Crossing developer John Callaway said new businesses are starting to return, including a Moe’s Southwest Grill which is under construction, along with a multi-tenant building that includes Tropical Smoothie. A Five Below building is under construction next to Academy Sports. A Discount Tire and a Hooters restaurant are also under contract. There are also other new businesses that are now interested in moving into the shopping center.
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