In the Bradenton Herald on July 1, the headline was "Locals look for better options for DeSoto Square." How many locals were asked?
I am a local in West Bradenton and I don't agree. There are many seniors living in Bradenton who don't want to drive for a half-hour or more to get to a nice shopping mall.
Let's make DeSoto Square mall just that -- a nice shopping mall in the neighborhood. Give DeSoto Square a facelift, advertise on Facebook, keep it safe, get back the stores that have left and bring back the good restaurants in the food area that attract healthy-minded people.
Also, the movie theater is an attraction for many of the locals. If someone wants the BIG MALL atmosphere, they can always travel to enjoy a day out.
Those who are worried about DeSoto Square being a competitor, there is room for big and smaller.