LETTER: Let’s clean up what we have

Aug. 16, 2013 @ 04:59 AM

To the Editor:

Before the City of Sanford spends more than $14 million to beautify the parts of town that visitors see, maybe something should be done about the parts of town that permanent residents see every day.

Those who dreamed up the beautification plans need to drive some of the streets in town that they probably don’t even know exist. A lot of them are not pretty.

Has anybody been down Third Street or Chatham Street past the old Koury Building lately? It’s not pretty.

Has anybody been down Wicker Street past the old Piggly Wiggly building lately? It’s not pretty.

Has anybody been down Horner Boulevard South past the old Wendy’s building lately? It’s not pretty.

And the list goes on.

Hiking and biking trails are nice. Miles of sidewalks are nice. Water parks and splash pads are nice. Beautifully landscaped streets in the business district are nice. But these things should not take priority over cutting grass and weeds, removing unsightly trees, repaving streets, fixing potholes and demolishing long abandoned buildings.

Perhaps what we have should be cleaned up before undertaking other projects.

J. Fred Watson

Sanford