The recent Letter to the Editor, "Preparing for inevitable growth beats complaining," hits the nail on the head. Growth in Manatee County is a fact of life that we all must accept.
However, misplaced priorities on the part of the county commissioners and planners in properly preparing for this growth has become a primary source of complaints from the citizens. It should go without saying that providing for adequate road infrastructure up front is an essential ingredient in the planning for any new large development.
One only has to look at the traffic quagmire that the citizens have been left to contend with at the I-75 and University Parkway intersection, adjacent to the University Town Center giant mall. This clearly is the result of shortsightedness on the part of county commissioners and planners and is what happens when priorities are misplaced and the cart is put before the horse.
Failure to consider and properly prepare for the impact of the predictable increase in traffic generated from large new developments is tantamount to negligence on their part.
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In preparing for the inevitable growth in Manatee County, the commissioners need to pause to ensure that proper planning has been provided before putting their stamp of approval on any new development.