COLLIER COUNTY, Fla. - "We can get sidewalks and we can enjoy that."
"Somebody's responsible for the road, for keeping it clear so we can make it to our homes, whatever time of day or night it doesnt matter why, we have a right to go home."
Members of the Forest Lakes community had a fight on their hands during Tuesday's meeting, how should they spend their own money? The match-up was between fixing their drainage problems or continuing with an already-devised plan to build sidewalks, lighting, and improving the entrance to they neighborhood. They decided to do both.
"The issue that was putting a challenge into the mix is that the funding available is minimal, the property taxes like everywhere else in the community has been diminished with the economy the way its been," said Michelle Arnold, the Alternative Modes Transportation Director.
Arnold with the county admits that there will always be flooding problems in this community.
"All the efforts that are being made to address the drainage will be an improvement to the drainage, not a fixing of the problem because this community is so low, theres not many places for the water to go," said Arnold.
Which is why a majority of the residents at Tuesday's meeting said they would rather see sidewalks.
"If the drainage problem could be totally solved with spending money taken care of, I think a lot of people would feel, let's take care of the drainage problem."