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Musicians, performers set to take over downtown Gainesville streets

A variety of street performers will soon be paid by the city of Gainesville to put on shows on designated street corners throughout downtown.

City officials hope a busker pilot project, which could start as soon as the last week of June, will evolve into a long-standing program that helps downtown become an even more enjoyable destination for patrons, while attracting others to the region.

In February, the Gainesville City Commission voted unanimously to kick start the initiative with $25,000 that is expected to pay people $100 per hour to share their talents in the streets through November.

“I’m super excited about this and I can’t wait to go see it in person,” Mayor Lauren Poe said Thursday.

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