Monday, December 29, 2014

Rockland Key Traffic Lights

The developers of a mysterious shopping mall planned for Rockland Key want a traffic light to control cars pouring into the proposed shopping center which rumor has it will be anchored by a Walmart.
 The idea would be that traffic leaves the 45mph congestion of Big Coppitt and bursts onto the four lane spaces of 55 mph (above) only to turn the corner and...
...bam! Meet a red light...So far the State of Florida has bravely said no way to a traffic light here but I don't doubt that the developers will make their political contributions count and business friendly Florida will do the right thing. Personally I'd make the buggers build a nice curvy bridge over the southbound lanes into the parking lot. You'd think Walmart could afford it.
Most recently this was a porn shop serving the nearby Navy base but count one for the Internet and it vanished only to be occupied by the garden store that expanded from its hidden location behind the former porn shop. Stop off for a potted plant and get a DVD...used to be the order of business. All this will be swept away by the new mall, possibly anchored by a large chain store. My wife would prefer Target and Trader Joe's but if it were possible one would as soon see nothing change thanks.
A traffic light here:
 A stop sign there. Paving Paradise always ends up in the same place: a parking lot.
Let's be honest its not that this exactly represents Paradise as most riders on the Conch Tour Train get to see it, but gravel, tow trucks and transportation are what keep the tourists supplied with all the stuff they think is necessary for a complete vacation.
Locals too see Paradise in Walmart's aisles, cheap stuff to make the cost of living in Paradise more affordable. Funny thing that, the drive to cheapen goods lowers wages and the spiral is only supported by welfare payments to Walmart workers. Capitalism supported by the government is socialism in modern American propaganda (though actually I think it comes closer to Fascism when you read Mussolini's description of the bond between corporations and the government). Whatever it is it doesn't seem to have done much good to other communities across America, does Walmart. Perhaps they aren't really coming here:
A mile up the road and the hump that marks the entrance to that other major local employer around here, the Navy Base hides the mall that is to come. I wonder what would happen if Walmart treated its workers as well as the military do, health care, child care, education, pensions, housing, paid vacations. What a wonderful world that might be. Better than food stamps to supplement your wages.
From here you will be able to pretend its not there.


Kirsty said...

Please, please, no traffic lights. And similarly I'd be happy to live without Target or - especially - Walmart. BUT.. a Costco somewhere in the Lower Keys would be good. And I long for an Asian market.

And if we really go into dream territory, how about a French market? Just the regular street market you find in any town, with all the cheeses, ham, fish, meat, fresh (and cheap) veg and fruit. Sigh.... but "island" life has its ramifications!

Anonymous said...

Please no Walmart, please no Walmart, please no Walmart!!!

Conchscooter said...

I am fine with the mangroves as they are but something is coming and they are being coy. I am guessing the military on Boca Chica wouldn't mind a Walmart. But I view this whole mess as one more step into an unwelcome future.

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