Editor: One can’t blame sleepy little communities for wanting to hang on to their heritage, no more than one can blame hungry developers with a bottom line mentality for wanting to turn their hundreds of dollars into thousands.
There are those who wish to leap forward in leaps and bounds, like Sand Key, or better yet, Daytona Beach ... been there lately, now there’s a town who gave the developers the keys to the city, and yes, it will still be a tourists’ mecca, but that lovely little charm of the beach drive is gone forever with the skyline across the street unrecognizable from just a few years ago.
Now, just down the road from Daytona is Cocoa, somewhat of a model in this state for truly controlling the growth at a speed which still recognizes the profit potential we’ve all enjoyed, but doing it in a way that doesn’t change the basic charm of the community. That approach does require more time, more commitment, more consensus, all three of which greedy little developers neither want nor desire.
For those who wish to truly help manage growth, not stop it on one end of the spectrum nor give the keys away on the other end, I would suggest you start making time to step up to the plate and be heard, because quite frankly, the developers who could care less about what you want or how quickly it’s going to come about are already wining and dining your city officials, just as they have been doing for years.