If some­thing’s le­gal, that still doesn’t mean it’s al­ways the right thing to do

The Enterprise - - Community Forum -

Lo­cal Hol­ly­wood res­i­dents have been ex­press­ing ma­jor safety con­cerns over the past few years re­gard­ing the Hol­ly­wood de­vel­op­ment cen­ter and the Hol­ly­wood auto cen­ter, and yet both lo­cal and state gov­ern­ment say the con­cept site plans are le­gal and meet all re­quire­ments — in­clud­ing pro­mot­ing the health, safety and pub­lic wel­fare of the county.

While the St. Mary’s board of zon­ing ap­peals mem­bers said “there are go­ing to be ac­ci­dents and we can’t stop them,” and “we’re go­ing to have prob­lems” and “this is the best we have at this point,” they de­cided that the de­vel­op­ers met the le­gal re­quire­ments for the con­cept site plans. These de­ci­sions were made in spite of state­ments from nu­mer­ous res­i­dents who have lived in the area for decades and tes­ti­fied of dan­ger­ous road con­di­tions that would not be fixed as part of the new de­vel­op­ment.

Cit­i­zens have no op­po­si­tion to de­vel­op­ing the prop­erty on the corner of Route 235 and Route 245. How­ever, they be­lieve the main en­trance should be on Route 235 across from the Hol­ly­wood fire­house, where a cross­over in the high­way al­ready ex­ists. Lo­cal res­i­dents be­lieve the approved en­trance on Route 245/Sot­ter­ley Road that will in­cor­po­rate five new lanes in only 500 feet of travel path will be even more dan­ger­ous than it al­ready is.

The board mem­bers also stated we have the county and state ex­perts to make the de­ci­sion on the fi­nal site plans to hope­fully re­solve safety con­cerns. As a re­minder, these are the same of­fi­cials who have approved the de­ba­cle at the Route 4 and Route 235 in­ter­sec­tion. Hol­ly­wood res­i­dents are in trou­ble if that’s the case.

Haven’t lo­cal gov­ern­ments not learned that just be­cause some­thing is le­gal that doesn’t make it right?

The only good news is the true ci­vil­ity that oc­curred be­tween the par­ties on each side of the is­sue. Com­plete and ut­ter re­spect, po­lite­ness and pro­fes­sion­al­ism were given by and to each side, which is def­i­nitely not seen at the na­tional level at the cur­rent time. At least in this re­spect, lo­cal gov­ern­ment is not as bad as the na­tional gov­ern­ment.

Tracy Ku­binec, Hol­ly­wood

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