First Posted: 5/20/2008 4:31:19 PM | Last Updated: 5/20/2008 4:31:19 PM
So far in all the talk about what to do with the flood plain, we've only heard about two options: a government buy-out or a government-funded levee. The levee will take $50 million and a long time to get in place. A government buy-out of our flooded area seems best, but is it? It will give people a chance to move on, but it will make a huge section of our town unusable. We won't be able to develop it, build houses on it, get taxes from it, or use it in any profitable way.
A buy-out is a good idea, but why go to the government, take bottom dollar prices, and be restricted in land use? Instead, the people of Pacific need to do something better. We need to call upon private developers to come in and buy out this flood plain. The area can be converted into usable, developable space by private developers. We can see new businesses come in, new places for food, shopping, entertainment, and community gatherings.
We need more development in Pacific, but we're not looking for big box stores to take over our town. Instead, let's work with developers who want to create a place that is profitable for them and for us. Will it be more difficult than saying yes to a government buy-out? Yes. It will take more effort, more time, and more organization. But it will be worth it.
What would you rather have in your town? An empty field where houses used to stand? Or something better? Picture a thriving, buzzing center of our community, a place with shops and restaurants that will attract folks from other areas around, a place for kids to play, teenagers to relax, parents to kick back, and the whole town to enjoy. We believe Pacific is a strong community, full of people who care and want the best for their families and their futures. Let's not take the quick way; let's take the best way.