Halt development until infrastructure is in place

April 2, 2014 

There's an old saying, "It's the economy, stupid." In this case, I would say "It's the infrastructure, stupid!"

Having read comments on the Opinion page in the Bradenton Herald, in particular March 27, I can't help but wonder if our local politicians and commissioners are listening to their constituents.

It's my understanding that one letter represents approximately 1,000 others that have not taken time to write. With that in mind, it has become clear that many taxpaying citizens, including myself, are very disturbed about the current infrastructure supporting the folks already residing in Manatee County.

Many of us opted to purchase property in a more rural area for a more laid-back Florida lifestyle, i.e. Palmetto, Ellenton, Parrish, and yes, even Bradenton, versus a busier city such as Tampa, Sarasota or Miami.

Over the past 15 years, building was out of control; new residents joined us but the infrastructure never kept up the pace. We are now realizing the results, with hours, instead of minutes, to get from point A to point B almost everywhere in Manatee County.

May I humbly suggest a countywide moratorium on residential building until bridges are built, roads are widened or new ones built to support the traffic produced by a more heavily populated area.

Bolstering the property tax base isn't worthwhile until it is thoughtful, well-planned building for community progress.

A little common sense would say that it's time to put the horse before the cart, people! Mr. and Ms. Politician, are you listening to the people who pay taxes that support your job?

Joy Gould


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