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Residents don't get to pick big gas station over another

A New Jersey company has purchased a Wawa store at the intersection of Lorraine Road and State Road 70 in Lakewood Ranch for $3.5 million. MATT M. JOHNSON/Bradenton Herald
A New Jersey company has purchased a Wawa store at the intersection of Lorraine Road and State Road 70 in Lakewood Ranch for $3.5 million. MATT M. JOHNSON/Bradenton Herald

Residents don't get to pick big gas station over another

My heart goes out to Elizabeth Sullivan, who is being forced to suffer the invasion of a Racetrac gas station into her apparently elite and strategically designed high-end Tara/Creekwood neighborhood.

It doesn't "blend in" like other businesses and public buildings, "big as they are," which have received her stamp of approval due to their neighborhood design appeal.

Now, she says this "massive" eyesore might fit in if it were truly downsized and redesigned, and suggests perhaps a WaWa would have been a better choice. In fact, she would love it.

Really? I have nothing against WaWa, and would not object to it or any other gas station being in my neighborhood, especially if there was a need for such a business.

But to prefer a different gas station just as big, if not bigger than Racetrac -- a bright gaudy yellow building with colorful advertisements pushing fast-food more than their main product and looking more like the circus has come to town instead a facility that pumps gas -- I have to question that taste, despite her obviously prestigious residential area.

And by the way, politicians always have and always will lie and deceive.

Carole Wahler

Bradenton

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