MANATEE -- Parrish residents will be sharing aspirations for their community Thursday night during a workshop with Manatee County commissioners.
High on their list are adding a sewer system for the central village of Parrish; completion of U.S. 301 improvements from County Road 675 north to Moccasin Wallow Road; and stormwater system improvements, said Ben Jordan, president of the Parrish Civic Association.
Tammy Vaughn, a board member of the civic association, will present a 20-minutePowerPoint presentation, “Future of Parrish: Dreams Become Reality,” to commissioners at 6:15 p.m. Thursday at the Parrish Community Center.
The presentation is based on a survey of residents and business owners over the past several months, Jordan said.
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Residents will be invited to step to the podium and share their thoughts with commissioners.
The program will primarily be a listening session for commissioners.
The Parrish area has grown to more than 17,000 residents, but the community is not incorporated and does not have a community redevelopment authority, Jordan said.
That leaves Parrish dependent on the county commission for infrastructure improvements, such as sewer.
During the real estate boom, many new neighborhoods around Parrish developed, such as Harrison Ranch and Lexington. As a condition of their development, they were required to have sewer systems.
But residences and businesses in the original village of Parrish are still on septic tanks, Jordan said.
A new building to house C&K Smoke House BBQ, 12125 U.S. 301 N., is scheduled to be the first business in Parrish to be connected to county sewer, Jordan said.
Parrish residents have a long track record of being hands-on with development of their community, and were heavily involved in design of the Parrish overlay district.
“I admire them so much for their personal involvement,” said Commissioner Larry Bustle, whose district includes most of the area north of the Manatee River, including Parrish.
One example is the old Parrish firehouse, which dates to 1920 and was renovated as a community center through a partnership of Parrish residents and the county, Bustle said.
The Parrish Community Center now houses a YMCA branch and has almost 1,000 members.
The county commission is interested in holding listening sessions in other areas, including Myakka City and in northwest Manatee for Terra Ceia, Snead Island and Rubonia, Bustle said.