Call City Council Members to Oppose the Road
Barbara Smith, Council Member
Pat Bentley, Deputy Mayor
Adam Gaffney, Council Member
John Dittmore, Council Member
Andrea Young, Council Memberr
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West Melbourne City Council Meeting Agenda with Attachments: http://westmelbourne.org/ArchiveCenter/ViewFile/Item/3786
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Most people know that increased crime will reduce property value. Why do you want the government to spend money to reduce your property value? Here is a cited source so you can read it or yourself: http://www.homes.com/real-estate/home-values/secure-new-home-research-crime-rates-impact-home-value/
“Low Crime Rate = Higher Property Value
This is practically a given. Areas that have low crime rates enjoy higher property values simply because buyers are more willing to spend for the security that’s “promised.” When crime rates start climbing, the housing prices start falling because homeowners don’t want the added risk.”
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When this subject came up a few years ago we attended the meetings at City Hall . Supposedly there was a study done but some of the things presented were pretty far fetched. For example, the engineer presenting his findings stated that there were no Gopher Tortoises that would have to be relocated at a great expense. I happen to have photos of these nonexistent tortoises in our back yard along with their burrow close by. The most eye opening comment this so called expert made was that on average each household goes out of our neighborhood 10 times a day. His opinion clearly led us to believe that he was hired by someone that was totally in favor of this extension going through. When asked multiple times for the resources of his study he would not, or could not provide them. - From a Citizen of West Melbourne
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Comments from 2018
To All Concerned;
We have lived on Sylvia Rd for the past 42+ years, our (2) boys have grown up here and our grandchildren are our part of our community. Judge Platt grazed his cattle across the canal from our home, more than once we had to call the Platts because their cattle had wandered into the canal but that was a pleasant part of living in the country part of West Melbourne. We watched Doherty Rd created to serve a development of a single family cul-de-sac community mysteriously turned into a multi-family apartment complex.
We watched the Judge donate property for the post office, library and schools and at that point we knew the the sale & development of his property west of us was not far away but that was progress. We also witnessed the extension of Henry Ave to Dairy, a move that we still can't comprehend because as far as we were concerned this accomplished nothing more than causing traffic backups and ruining the quality of life for anyone needing to access Henry and Hollywood or living along it. I'm sure the people coming to and from Palm Bay appreciated it, West Melbourne residents I'm not so sure.
Now we're looking at the Doherty extension to Heritage Oaks to resolve complaints from citizens who claim they need more than one access in or out of their community. To calm their concerns we are considering a road between South Sylvia and the the folks on the west side of the canal, a project that would ruin the quality of life along both sides of that canal, disrupt existing wildlife, cause flooding by removing more runoff areas and remove long standing trees to provide people with easier access to shopping. These people also have to realize that they won't be the only folks using that access road, once folks traveling on Minton Rd discover that there is another way around the traffic flow that road will be become as heavily used as the rest of the roads in that area.
This is just our opinion but we feel that expending $1,000,000+ (which it will end up being because no initial estimates for projects like this ever come in under budget) for just another quality-of-life destroyer can be used elsewhere in our community.
John & Mary Lou
Comments from a West Melbourne Citizen prior to the 2016 City Council Election:
"While we realize that the extension was a part of the original plan, is it really needed?
If we open the road, we are opening ourselves up to a 2nd 'Henry Avenue'. Is that how we want to get out of Heritage? Do we want to sit in traffic daily?
We are also opening ourselves up for two mobile crime exits, instead of just the one way, which happens the be easily accessible by our WM Police.
Each morning and afternoon there have several children walking, and riding their bikes to and from school. If I were a parent of one of those children, I would be scared to open the road.
About 2 - 3 years ago, many of us fought this battle and was told that the funding was not there and would not be for years. Of those attending the specific city council meetings related to this particular topic, the majority were against the extension."
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