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July 18th, 2017 9:29 AM

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Recently, I heard from a very reliable source that the land in front of Ridgewood Lakes community would not be developed for quite a while since the owners have just declared bankruptcy.  While that is good news for some, it means that we still will not have any potential retail or restaurant development opportunities in this immediate vicinity. 

Also from a reliable source was the fact that Darden Enterprises who own Red Lobster, Bahama Breeze, Longhorn Steakhouse, Olive Garden, and other national restaurant chains was ready to build two restaurants along Hwy 27 near Posner Park.  What stopped them was the high impact fees and the inability to negotiate with Polk County and come to agreeable terms.  Again, we are the ones who lose.

Looking around, it is easy to see all the construction of new restaurants in Orange County, specifically on Hwy. 192 just north of here.  Then there are several new sit-down restaurants being constructed just over the Polk County line near Walmart in Lake County.  Now add all the growth and development recently in Champions Gate at Exit 58, which happens to be Osceola County.  There you have the Four Corners area (where the counties of Polk, Orange, Lake and Osceola meet) and the ONLY county not getting the restaurants is Polk!   Yes, we have recently been given Chick-Fil-A and Hardees will open soon in front of Publix, but we still do not have the formal sit-down restaurants that people are desperate to have. 

It seems the impact fees that are paid back to the county for construction and development are higher in Polk County than in the other three.  Also higher are the school impact fees and restaurant fees.  We are competing with the other counties located only a few miles from here for the businesses that we want and we are losing out. 

So, it is time to let the Polk County Commissioners know that we need and expect local retail stores and formal restaurants in Davenport!  Not only would it create local jobs, but it would alleviate some of the traffic snarls on I-4 as well. 

Written by Barbara Doeringer

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