Our view: County’s decision to move forward with demolition along U.S. 17 the right call
The DeSoto Board of County Commissioners had the difficult task Tuesday to decide whether demolition by itself encourages development in a community. Specifically, will the removal of dilapidated homes and structures along the U.S. 17 corridor encourage new growth, or is the county setting a dangerous precedent by displacing low-income families who call those buildings home?
As far as timing goes, the county couldn’t have asked for a better scenario. With the Florida Department of Transportation’s U.S. 17 widening project progressing toward Nocatee’s doorstep, demolishing structures while FDOT does the same across the street makes sense. Code Enforcement Director George Hernandez hasn’t had the budget to tackle the issue until now, and the county is overdue to clean up an area that has significant code issues that haven’t been addressed in years.
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