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Developer still deaf to Valrico residents' objections

Redstone Developers is poised to bring a big-box, multiuse retail development to the Valrico area in eastern Hillsborough County even though the community appears to be vehemently opposed.

Residents will meet at 7 p.m. today at the Bloomingdale library to discuss options, but it appears Redstone can't be stopped because of a fishy 2011 amendment to the land development code. What I can't understand is why the developers seem so reluctant to craft a project that would be more acceptable to the residents. At a June meeting, the resident group said Redstone offered few concessions. It's as if Redstone believes that while residents protest now, they will eventually give in and shop at the store. Maybe the protest that should come if it opens in a couple of years is more important than the current one. …

While Valrico resists, folks in St. Petersburg's Midtown area are excited about a Walmart that will replace a closed Sweetbay that was treasured by the community. People won't oppose retail — if it makes sense. …

Seen on a bumper sticker: Your Dog Doesn't Know Sit. ...

Kudos to the volunteers who bring energy to Tampa's Buddy Baseball, a noncompetitive recreational league for boys and girls with special needs who play with a buddy. Another season starts Sept. 28, and a Buddy Run 5K will be held Nov. 3. Go to buddybaseball.org. ...

The Bucs did a great job Sunday — of driving up sales for the NFL Sunday Ticket. Black out next week's game, please. …

If everybody watched one beachside sunset a week, maybe Sperling's BestPlaces wouldn't rank Tampa Bay as America's most stressful city.

That's all I'm saying.

Developer still deaf to Valrico residents' objections 09/08/13 [Last modified: Sunday, September 8, 2013 7:33pm]
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