From: Les Orn [mailto:email@example.com]
Sent: Tuesday, February 24, 2015 7:30 AM
To: Harden, David
Subject: Dunlawton Avenue
Dear Mr. Harden:
My family and I have lived in Port Orange since 1991, almost 25 years. I have watched this city grow into a wonderful, family and community minded young city developing with all the amenities a city with a population of 60,000 should have. Except one!
Before I tell you what that is, let me tell you this. We have travelled all over to many cities throughout the U.S, Canada and Europe. Throughout our travels, we have seen the good, the bad and the ugly. The natural beauty of an area and the city which benefits from it is a gift of nature. Many cities, however, have to rely on the abilities of their community development staff, the elected officials and the public to create the ambience and the attractiveness that has to come from the foresight of those vary people.
If you look at our fair city, there is much of which we can be proud. I often hear about how businesses are required to develop their sights with specific landscaping and enhancements. So why doesn’t that seem to apply to the City of Port Orange?
I am specifically referring to Dunlawton Avenue. Quite simply, it is an eyesore. And yet, it is the main street of our city; it should be the focal point and represent who we are. I mentioned that I have travelled to many places. The main standard, the main common element to every attractive city, especially smaller ones like ours, is that their main corridor(s) are truly worthy of a first impression that makes you want to spend some time there. As one drives south on I-95 on the way to our Port Orange exit, the view to the right, as one comes toward the exit is Port Orange Pavilion. The feeling one gets is that this is a place where one would want to spend some time. Then you turn left onto Dunlawton and the further east one drives, the less appealing it becomes.
You don’t have to travel far to see what I mean. South Daytona, population 13,000 with a land mass of 4 square miles has transformed their stretch of US 1 and A1A into most appealing roadways. Truly remarkable.
Why can’t we do the same? Where did they get the money to do what they did? Some landscaping, some palm trees, some curbing and some lighting would go a long way in beautifying our wonderful city.
If I may refer you to our city’s web site which includes the following:
“On April 26, 1867, the community of Port Orange was established on the banks of the Halifax River. Now, some 148 years later, Port Orange is a community of 56,067 people who call this place home. Planned by choice, not by chance, Port Orange blends beauty and opportunity within its 28 square miles. From its tree-lined streets to its parks, this community is the pride of Volusia County.”
I don’t believe Dunlawton lives up to this. Perhaps, even certainly, funding may be the issue. I understand that. Hopefully our future plans can develop a longer term strategy to make Dunlawton the center piece that our city deserves.
P.S. If you are not the right person to comment or discuss, can you please advise me who is or forward this email to that person on my behalf. I have also included these comments in the survey that I recently took on the city’s website under the commets section.
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