Manatee County should not OK temple among homes

July 8, 2013 

How is it a Manatee County hearing officer can ignore the wishes of the county commissioners and the neighborhood and decide to let the Shien Deh Temple build a huge building in the middle of a residential/agricultural area?

There is already a 4,000-square-foot home and a garage of almost the same dimensions on the property and now they are going to build a 10,000-square-foot building in a neighborhood of one-family homes. No impact on the area?

How about the loss of taxes on a religious establishment? How about all the concrete impeding the natural flow of water when we have heavy rains? How about the wear and tear on the roads that are already in some disrepair?

I guess the wishes of all of us who have lived here for many years doesn't count.

Who benefits from this ruling? Certainly not the neighborhood!

If the temple wants to build, do it in an area that is zoned for religious enterprises, not in the middle of a residential area.

Darlene L. Gee


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