To the editor:
This makes me sick! Why can’t the county and/or the city along with the state work out some sort of deal to purchase part of the waterfront property that the University of South Alabama Foundation just sold at Brookley Aeroplex.
The portion of the land that is east of the main road, the USA Foundation still owns some 30 acres and the new buyers said they weren’t going to use or develop along the water?? It makes me sick when I read about these new purchases of waterfront property by the county. Mostly of obscure properties that very few people know where they are, AND in remote areas of the county which are not close or easily accessible by the majority of citizens.
I’ve urged all of OUR local politicians to buy this property for many years for a close, easily accessible public waterfront park. This is one very big reason why we are losing citizens — we are NOT family friendly or majority citizen friendly and because we have no easy close recreation area that everyone would love if done properly — just look at nearby states.
This property would increase property values south of Brookley (more taxes), it would increase awareness of Mobile Bay and how pollution affects it. I believe it would decrease litter and crime because young (and old) people would have something to do and some place to go that is beautiful and FREE! What percentage of citizens participate in all sports? I would bet less than 10%. What about the rest of us?
Don’t even mention Arlington Park on the water there — it is used by less than 100 people per WEEK!!!! What a waste. Do something WE can all enjoy that is close, convenient and beautiful. I don’t believe we are the city of perpetual potential — we are the city ruled by the elite that throws crumbs to the citizens. Shame on all our leaders and politicians. Our quality of life SUCKS (if you’re middle-class or less) as reported by numerous surveys. Do something for us really important while you still can. Pleeeze?
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