People have to eat, keep clothes on their backs and a roof over their heads; these are the basic cost of living in America. We have a problem on Delaney Avenue whereby property owners have overheads and due to this troublesome economy no safety net. We are told that we have to clean up the Southside Community Redevelopment Area, in order to bring in the investment capital that will create a long term lasting effect on our local economy. This would benefit all of Highlands County.
However we have a handful of people with money to invest and they may not be the best people for the long term health of Delaney Avenue, but if you are bleeding sometimes all you can afford is a band aide. You can have an upset stomach and need an operation to survive long term, but may only be able to afford a laxative. So instead of seeing a doctor because you have no health insurance you see the man at the local grocery store. We at Delaney Avenue have no health insurance and our immediate needs are destroying our long term health. We are bleeding for investment capital.
Though it is called a redevelopment area, for some of us to truly be rehabilitated we must first be habilitated. Whereby we are in a challenge to be redeveloped many of us must first be developed. The bottom is that the property owners are struggling to survive, to pay the taxes on the properties, eat and keep a roof over our heads. It is like the vultures are waiting for us to fall dead. I see a conspiracy taking place, whereby the handful of sharks are attempting bring down Delaney Avenue permanently and the Dolphins that can turn this around are supporting the sharks in the effort to destroy the chance of a turnaround at Delaney Avenue. Why because of the unethical business dealings due to hunger and not greed. Landlords have to eat!
What we need is a stimulus package for Delaney Avenue; because of its historic relevance it must be preserved. We need Federal, State and Local Government money and the support of the local banks. Government Money to get it started and banks loans to finish the job. I see people pointing fingers at the activities of Delaney Avenue and who the landlords are doing business with. However nobody is lifting a finger to rectify the financial hardships that are the culprit to the activities taking place there. People have to eat and this hunger may well trigger starvation if we do not revive the area with new investment capital.
While many people feel Delaney Avenue, should be how it is and what it is, the bottom line is that the property owners are the ones suffering and the people that handful of sharks directing their traffic to this area are only feeding the landlords crumbs long enough to need more crumbs later. They are treating the landlords like drug addicts and crack heads. As they are suppressing the area in the process of oppressing the people in the community; it is time the turn the page on history here in Avon Park, FL.