Bradenton's DeSoto Square mall undergoing a welcome comeback

Hope lives for the revival of DeSoto Square. Five new tenants will fill some of the mall's empty storefronts this summer, a positive development for a once downtrodden shopping center.

DeSoto Square manager Robert Tackett told the Herald that mall staff have been toiling to improve its atmosphere in order to attract more customers and businesses.

Security should be stronger since Tackett now directs those employees, and the mall no longer contracts with an outside company.

We'll have to wait and see how everything works out, but the future looks better than the past.