To the editor:
I am very concerned regarding the proposal for a casino in the town of Florida. While I recognize the need for jobs and revenue in Montgomery County, it seems a shame to develop more farmland and disrupt the rural and peaceful atmosphere of the town of Florida. Farms and green space, once developed, do not come back.
A casino would require extensive pavement, new roads, and likely more additional development which would forever destroy the quiet country setting. Traffic along Route 30 south already backs up over the Amsterdam bridge as far as the Thruway exit at times. The additional traffic and congestion would be dangerous.
Also, in the event of severe weather, which seems to occur more and more frequently, the Route 30 bridge is often the only bridge open to traffic. This should be a consideration before inviting more traffic and development.
The current infrastructure cannot support extensive development, which would risk extensive runoff into the Chuctanunda Creek and likely cause problems with flooding. The development which has already occurred along Route 5S, while advantageous in some respects, has already consumed prime farmland, disrupted wildlife, and impeded the scenic views of the river valley.
There may be a place for a casino in Montgomery County, however the town of Florida is not a good fit.
Perhaps some of the empty buildings left behind by development up Route 30 north could be better utilized, or other locations where infrastructure is already in place might be more suitable.
As a resident of the town of Florida for many years, I and my neighbors hope the proposal for a casino in the town of Florida does not materialize.
Thank you for your consideration.
Town of Florida