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Over 2,100 homes proposed for Parrish in Manatee County

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Posted: Thursday, July 10, 2014 10:07 pm

PARRISH, Fla -- Next month Manatee County Commissioners will vote on two housing communities for rural Parrish--and residents we spoke to are mixed about the potential growth.

"One of the reasons I moved here was for the rural area and the wildlife, so I'm a bit concerned about that," said Dexta Leidbetter, a resident of Northern Manatee County since 2007.

Leidbetter is concerned about tentative plans by two separate developers to build two new communities out here around Buckeye Road, east of I-75. Eagle Point would be 1600 homes. And Buckhead Trails would be over 500 homes.

Alicia Byrd agrees. She moved up to Parrish from Sarasota to get away from--what she calls--the hustle and bustle.

"A lot of people moved out here to avoid the traffic, and I know this is going to cause a lot more congestion here," she said.

But not everyone's opposed to the possible plans.

"I wouldn't want to see it grow too much, but I think it will be good for the economy. It'll cause a bit more traffic if there's that many homes going in but overall, as long as it doesn't get too big, I think it'll be good for the area," said Mark McKim, who moved to Parrish in 2005.

Both proposals were put on hold during the recession, and now developers feel ready to move forward. The Manatee County Board of Commissioners will vote on the proposals at their meeting on Thursday, August 7th.

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