Gainesville could face loss of federal funds over Deshaun Watson sign


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The Federal Highway Administration sent the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) an email last week citing a code violation with the color of the sign of the recently named Deshaun Watson Way in Gainesville. GDOT was informed that failure to change the sign could result in the loss of federal funding for Gainesville.

Below is a press release from Congressman Doug Collins on the controversy:

GAINESVILLE—The city of Gainesville recently renamed Touchdown Drive to Deshaun Watson Way in order to honor the athlete from Gainesville High School, who led the Clemson Tigers to a national championship earlier this year.

The new street sign appears on a side road leading to the high school and features white text on a red background as a nod to Gainesville’s school colors.

Last week, the federal Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Federal Highway Administration sent the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) an email citing a code that “specifies the color of highway signs” and noted that Gainesville’s new sign is not in compliance with the code. The notice informed GDOT that a “failure to comply with the [code] jeopardizes the future of federal funding” for the city.

“The DOT’s decision to respond to a small city’s celebratory act by threatening to withdraw its federal funding is an egregious example of abuse at the hands of federal bureaucrats. As many sections of our nation’s infrastructure are in disrepair, I am amazed that the DOT has prioritized targeting the entranceway of a local school,” said Congressman Doug Collins, who is the U.S. Representative for Gainesville.

Gainesville’s Mayor Danny Dunagan believes the DOT could have approached the issue more delicately.

“A nicer approach would have been to give our city 30 days’ notice to replace the sign before pursuing the nuclear option of federal defunding. Deshaun is a fine, upstanding member of our community and one of the greatest football players of our generation. Our intent was simply to honor him at the entry to our school,” explained Dunagan.

“The DOT’s approach to this issue is inappropriate, and I only hope it was not driven by Crimson Tide sympathies,” added Collins.


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Re: This is Stupid!!!!!!!***
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someone from Bama on the federal level***
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insane how much overreac the feds have
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They're just mad DW picked Clemson over Georgia
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I hope whoever the idiot was that sent the Nuclear Option
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Someone really should expose who signed the letter that got
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I hope this goes viral. Maybe someone will lose a job
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Georgia DOT
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It was federal DOT not GA, learn how to read***
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the burning question remains...
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Gotta be a coot involved!!!***
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That wouldn't work either...
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Simple Solution!
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oh for heaven's sake. it is not an "egregious overstep by
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I don't get the problem.
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Misleading headline by Tigernet. Like to get people fired up
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Fault lies with GT
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