Daily Progress, Jacksonville, TX

Letters to the Editor

September 10, 2013

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: City of Jacksonville needs to enforce the rules that it sets

JACKSONVILLE — After reading Reece Daniel's last letter to the editor, I can see why and how there may have been a misunderstanding on my situation and intention for the Yum Yum's property.

I first want to make clear that I have not purchased this property. I do, however, own the two buildings next door to it that are not usable at this time due to the fire. (217 & 219 South Main St.)

I am not usually one to discuss my financial situations publicly, but to make a point, I will tell you all that both of my buildings are paid for, and yes, I did have insurance on them.

The easy way out for me, personally, would be to move on. To start up again in a new location. That would be the easy solution. The only thing stopping me from doing this is that I have pride in my hometown.

I will do everything possible to keep two more unusable buildings from sitting, wasting space, and embarrassing our downtown.

I am not looking for a "sweet deal," I am not asking the city to clean up this disaster, I am simply asking them to handle the situation, to enforce their own ordinances.

I'm very optimistic about the possibilities of this space for downtown. So many great ideas have been discussed about it's future use. Jacksonville needs this, whether it is done by the city or an individual.

It needs to change, it needs to grow, it needs to invite new businesses and revenue to this town, and not just this downtown space, everywhere in Jacksonville.

The city should enforce their own rules (below), at a minimum, and the taxpayers expect the city to collect money that is owed to them – fines, to improve this town.

Emily Griffin,

Jacksonville

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