'Bradentucky' far better than 'Bradentampa'

February 15, 2014 

The Herald's Feb. 8 report of the upgrading of Bradenton's image mentioned several recent achievements, including the Riverwalk, Rossi Park, and the refurbishment of McKechnie Field.

An expanded, but still incomplete list of assets would include the newly refurbished Pink Palace, the remarkable new Manatee Performing Arts Center, the new construction of condos at the Sandpile, South Florida Museum, the new downtown bus terminal, a wonderful airport, the continuing development of the Village of the Arts, our library system, G.T. Bray Park, our fishing village, our extensive beaches with their convenient parking lots, our golf courses, IMG Academy, Benderson Park, and Robinson Preserve.

Many of us hope that the development of high-profile Long Bar Pointe will be in keeping with our evolution from rural to subtle citification that enhances our natural resources. A master plan that includes a waterfront preserve and moderate density that includes limited retail and dining facilities would be welcome.

I hope that our county commissioners look beyond the proposed home plan that has been advanced by the developers, which will be considered at the Feb. 25 session in the county building.

We are happy enough to downplay the moniker "Bradentucky." (It could be worse. Kentucky is a beautiful state with open space and many natural gifts as well as urban amenities.)

But we'd rather not become "Bradentampa" or "Bradenewyork."

Bill Burggraf

Bradenton

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