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IHMC, Rethinking Expansion Downtown

The IHMC building received about 8 inches of water and it's not the first time its flooded.

IHMC has publicly stated that a plan isn't enough, but something needs to be done to prevent future flooding.
"I do believe there is a storm water issue that needs to be addressed by more than just our city," said Brian Spencer, city councilman. 

IHMC declined to talk on camera.
City councilman Brian Spencer, whose district includes IHMC, says the non-profit research organization attracts talent and research that any city would want.
He says the city needs to listen to IIHMC, and other downtown businesses' concerns.

"What does it do to us as a city? It certainly gives us a reason to listen carefully and to evaluate and react," said Spencer. 
Co-owner of Dollarhide's Music Center, Bill Dollarhide is all too familiar with flooding.
He's been at this location for 13 years and the store has flooded before.
He was lucky this time around. He only had to replace the carpet, but that forced him to close his store for three weeks while reparis were done.

"It's not just hurricanes and 24 inch rains. It's a lot of times a little bit of flooding to a little more and more in moderate rain storms," said Dollarhide. 

Dollarhide says he understands why IHMC is hesitant to move forward with their expanision,
His lease expires in three years. He says if nothing gets done, he may consider relocating.

"We would have to seriously consider signing that lease if nothing had been done. There has to be something done, either action or inaction. And inaction is not an option," said Dollarhide. 

Spencer says he wants to schedule a meeting between city and county leaders to start addressing these storm water issues.