I didn't know that West Bradenton was such a blighted area (all of that pitiful green space along Cortez Road) until I read the recent story that featured a bunch of developers seemingly drunk at the punch bowl.
They were lauding the recent approval of Lake Flores, the mega development that will add 6,500 new homes on Cortez Road and how much it will do for such a blighted area. One of the businessmen quoted said the development wouldn't add any traffic to the roads. Another astute reader noticed this blunder of speech, too, and wrote a letter to the editor a few days later saying that by his simple math alone, it would add at least 6,500 trips.
But let's get clear here. The development will add between 60,000 to 130,000 trips per day, depending on time of day and season by the time it is built out. No traffic? What planet are these economic development officials living on? One can barely navigate Cortez Road from December through April. Now this?
Lots of pockets will get lined, and as usual, Mr. and Mrs. Joe Lunch Bucket may get a few table crumbs, but mostly, more traffic than we can shake a stick at. Lake Flores is not a good thing for Manatee County.