I take exception to a recent letter opposed to building a RaceTrac gas station at the corner of Southern and Royal Palm Beach boulevards. The writer suggested that the village instead acquire the property and “develop it into an outstanding entrance to our neighborhood” with fountains and sculptures.
I’d agree if Southern was not currently a highly commercialized thoroughfare, the character of which would not be changed by a new RaceTrac. On the other hand, RaceTrac is traditionally one of the lowest-price brands of gas, and would be a welcome relief from other local stations that charge 30 to 40 cents a gallon over the county average.
Plus, the station’s design would undoubtedly have its major entrance and exit on Southern, meaning station traffic would never even enter the neighborhood.
Bottom line: let’s add this highly useful new amenity to our community and save us the cost of a grand entrance to pay for the more pressing needs of the Royal Palm Beach community.
Jay Schleifer, Wellington