We’re killing the golden goose


Editor: If what I hear is correct and St. Johns County is looking at about 70,000 new homes in the next 10 to 20 years, then I have to question the wisdom of allowing developers to count storm retention ponds as part of the open space requirements of the Land Development Code.

Open, green space will be at a premium as it is, and allowing storm retention to be counted as open space allows even more development — more houses built in current and future development. Our infrastructure is already groaning under the rampant growth. Our schools are barely keeping up with demand. Fire and Rescue and law enforcement are taxed to their limits.

The cost of upgrading is a challenge to our local government, with most of the solutions proposed being at least partially offset by the residents of the county in increased taxes and fees.

I have told many a visitor that Northeast Florida is the most “Old Florida” I have found. At some point when St. Augustine is the same as Jacksonville, Orlando or Miami, I may have to reevaluate my assessment — St. Augustine used to have a part of Old Florida. What a shame.

Let’s not sell off what fives St. Johns County some of its unique character in order to crowd in a few more houses.

William Breuer

St. Augustine