The recent debacle and protest by special competitive interests led by at least one person with a political agenda makes the proposal to create a RaceTrac gas station on Royal Palm Beach Blvd. curiously complicated.
There has been no legal reason given why this proposal cannot go forward. Furthermore, disruption of civil discussion during council meetings has created at least two postponements.
While “legal” doesn’t always equate with “appropriate,” the reasons offered by the opposition appear to be more orchestrated than having real basis for complaint.
There exists a level of hypocrisy that suggests that the land use for a gas station would be improper, but it is silence when you ask what they would do if they owned the land.
The location has limited appeal for businesses, as evident by the failure of two banks to survive there.
One has to conclude that a commercial area with limited appeal, given the reduced options, leaves the landowner with the legal right dispose of this property within the established guidelines of the village, and the proposal for the RaceTrac gas station has not been proven harmful to the community and should go forward.
The quality of the proposed gas station exceeds in appearance every gas station in all directions for miles. I believe it will prove to be an asset to the village and, hopefully, the lower price for gas without a membership requirement will benefit the driving residents of Royal Palm Beach.
Richard Nielsen, Royal Palm Beach