If you live in any of the outlying towns in the bay, especially on the southern or eastern edges, you’ve almost certainly seen growth. Traffic signals have sprung up at every intersection and new neighborhoods have appeared seemingly overnight. Since 2020, population increases have kicked into overdrive, leaving much of our current population trying to find rural property or less-traveled roads.
The eastern side of the bay, including Riverview, Gibsonton, Apollo Beach, Ruskin and Wimauma have all experienced crazy growth over the last 10 years. Where dirt roads once meandered lazily through open country, shopping centers and asphalt highways with bright yellow stripes have sliced the open land. Grazing cows are being replaced by new car washes at an alarming rate. Now, Hillsborough County leaders are saying Wimauma is about to undergo a huge facelift, including upgrades to schools, water systems, sewers, roadways, infrastructure and general development.
While there is a basic plan in place, there is no timeline yet for the changes to be implemented. A recent meeting in the Wimauma Elementary school cafeteria discussed the proposed changes with citizens to air their concerns and hopes for the town. Local government officials attended the meeting and answered quesions about future plans. Today’s version of Wimauma, full of small, family-owned and operated restaurants and migrant workers, may soon be changed forever. I hope my favorite tire shop and fruit stand prosper in the new vision for the town. Wimauma is truly special. Source: Fox13News.com
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