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Our city council has a lot on its plate right now. It bothers me when I yet read that the time they could more valuably spend on working out solutions to budget, zoning, safety, etc. matters — is wasted on repeated discussions about the “revitalization of the Old 41 corridor.”

I do not understand why it is that about every other meeting finds some citizen historian or agenda reference to what “to do about” restoring, reinvigorating, reinventing or whatever that “once quaint little old fishing village” of yesteryear! To my mind, the 41 corridor today is looking mighty good. I drive it and see no markedly run down, blighted properties.

Sure, the Bamboo Village removal deserves our applause. And the Council’s commitment to the Riverside Park development merits citizen praise. Looking great. Small businesses are holding their own in these tough times. The central area is clean, has a few new buildings and a respectable mix of young and older customers for the restaurants, pizza, bicycle rentals, pottery, a great little zoo, ice cream shops, etc. The out-skirts, north and south, are pleasant to drive through. I urge the council to table, indefinitely, the talk about pricey “revitalization” plans. Any will assuredly involve large and unnecessary tax payer obligations.

TED BERANIS

Bonita Springs

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