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Ormond Beach Observer Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2020 2 months ago

2 letters: Publix shopper doesn't want another Publix in Ormond

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Also, residents voices opinion on Cassen Park floating dock and the direction the city is heading.
by: Guest Writer

Dear Editor:

My wife and I both shop at Publix every week. That said, neither of us want any Publix or Greenwise to replace Lucky’s. If Ormond Beach can't get a Trader Joe's why not something different like a Tilted Kilt Pub and Eatery. I for one would be more than happy to lead a boycott if anything Publix goes on the site. They aren’t wanted and will go under faster than Lucky’s.

Rich Randon

Ormond Beach

Rollin' on the River

Dear Editor:

In 2005 when we first rolled into town, this great city was a pleasant "town." Maintained, slow growth, just what we (as "foreigners"), the majority of the local population, tourists, and wannabe future residents envisioned life as residents (or visitors) for longer than 15 years. Some people had other ideas. Big wheel keep on turnin'!

Nothing is forever. As always, the entitled powers that be will always do for the like-kind. I love boating, absolutely love being on, or just near, the water. But, I do not see the need for expensive dockage. I am not one of the 90% of the minority of boat owners that will benefit from any of the 12 slips that are envisioned to bring throngs to our downtown OB — pipe dreams that make the city leaders feel glorified in their questionable decisions. Expenditures of $1.3 million on said dockage, and just under $1 million on palm trees for our already gorgeous medians can better be spent on other improvements (such as improving safety on North Nova Road) which are beneficial to more residents.

Believe it or not, there are lots of folks who would rather go back in time — not stay the way we were — but have city leadership cater to the majority who would benefit from sensible growth and improvements.  For example, can you imagine if the wetlands had not been abused; if more trees were still standing; if gas stations and other commercial were not directly adjacent to residential property; if residents' pleas were heard (and acted on) to deter developers from ruining and over-running, their neighborhoods; if your tax dollars were spent to benefit the majority.  Would everyone be satisfied?  No! But at least more residents would benefit — not just those "calling the shots" and their developer friends.

BTW, anyone using a figure of 38,000 for OB population is obviously "going back in time" to 2005.

Ed Kolaska

Ormond Beach

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