By Al Litman

Last month I wrote about what was happening in October and November.  I have a lot more to add to that, and I’ll tell you about what is not happening in Mesquite and why.

A few weeks ago we had the groundbreaking for the city’s new pickle ball courts complex.

It’s right across from the Mesquite City Recreation Center.  If all goes on schedule, phase one should be ready in the spring.  Sun City also announced their location for their new courts, but I have no idea when they will start on this project.

On Oct. 27, Boulevard Furniture moved into their new, expanded location.  It’s beautiful.  As of this date, the Dollar Tree has not moved into the old Boulevard location, but it should happen shortly.

Danielle’s Chocolate and Popcorn will be building a 10,000 foot manufacturing facility in our industrial park and relocating its retail store next year into the Dixie Leavitt project across from City Hall.

We will have a groundbreaking for that project in January. I’ll have more details next month.  Of course, home building continues at a brisk pace.  Workforce housing is a priority if we expect new business to come to Mesquite.

As far as local activities, we will be having our annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner, Nov. 24, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the Mesquite Senior center.  Still not sure about where the symphony will perform this season, but I have been assured it will happen.

A few weeks ago, on social media, the question was asked what you wanted to see in Mesquite.  A few responded with what they didn’t want like another car wash or gas station, or Mexican restaurant.

We do not turn down any legal business.  Competition is good and the good will survive.  That’s how it works.

Most of what folks say they want won’t happen here in our lifetime, and perhaps never.  We are a small city, not really close to anything.

We cannot support a Trader Joe’s, Lowe’s, Home Depot, Olive Garden, Dillard’s, Macy’s or a shopping mall.  We don’t have the needed demographics.  We probably could support another supermarket, but they have to decide that, not us.

I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to live in a big city.  Been there, done that!  I’m here for the quality of life a small city can offer.

If I want a shopping mall I can go to St. George.  Their mall is not doing well, and they have 160,000 people in Washington County. 

The point I’m trying to make is simple: Most of us moved here because Mesquite is a small city for the quality of life it can give us.

Yes, we are growing, but it’s not too fast and it’s controlled.  If we wanted all the amenities, and of course, the problems of a big city, we could have lived in or near one.  Enjoy Mesquite for what it is.

Al Litman is mayor of the city of Mesquite.