The headline “Bonita’s progress linked to paving roads, some say” may seem to state the obvious.
But the issue is far from a no-brainer.
What may strike some of us as a slice of Mayberry simple life really is hard, politically dangerous work.
To pave or not pave the seven remaining miles of dirt and gravel streets within the city of Bonita Springs is a monumental undertaking. It is a quality-of-life, private-property-rights and pocketbook issue, and then some.
While some residents regard paved streets as a fundamental fact of life, others see pavement as an invitation to traffic — in direct conflict with the rustic lifestyle to which they have been accustomed. Why should anyone, even the city, force that change on someone else?
Plus, there is the expense — a thorny issue even in good times when people have money to spend.
Bonita Springs City Council has, pardon the expression, been down this road before. Members will be on it for some time.
Other areas that have undergone ultra-local decisions on infrastructure — such as sewers to replace septic tanks, and sidewalks to replace bushes and trees — understand where Bonita is and is headed.
Minus a manual for getting the job done with everybody being happy, we encourage Bonita to stay on the path already chosen — with plenty of listening and learning from the public, and plenty of patience.