ARCH APLIN, III co-founded BUC-EE's, Texas company that desires to convert the World Golf Village planned community into 104 gasoline pumps and Texas-szed, Texas style retail -- a likely public nuisance documented by repeated reasoned and documented presentations from WGV residents. It's a clear and present danger to further tackily and tawdryize St. Johns County, a/k/a "God's country."
Perhaps BUC-EE's has the legal right to build its pestilential project, rights bestowed sub rosa in badly drafted Planned Unit Development language by corporate bullies and County officials, unjust stewards, who did not define the term "gasoline station."
But why would BUC-EE's want to enter the Florida market by destroying the ambience and property values of WGV?
How gauche and louche.
Let's BUY the BUC-EE's property using Florida Forever Funds or eminent domain powers.
Arch Aplin III
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- Arch Aplin III, owner of Lake Jackson-based Buc-ee’s stores, earned a Bachelor of Building Construction degree at Texas A&M in 1980. Among Texas’ unique traveling attractions, the 26 Buc-ee’s stores feature sparkling clean restrooms, quirky marketing and unique products such as Beaver Nuggets, peppered elk jerky, private-label peach salsa, souvenir T-shirts and bumper stickers. With this approach, Aplin has created a buzz from a product category with zero excitement that’s drawing customers to his stores, said Betsy Gelb, professor of marketing at the Bauer College of Business at the University of Houston. After earning his degree at Texas A&M, Aplin joined his family’s construction and development business for a brief time then opened his first Buc-ee’s in 1982. Aplin said his intention was to build the brand methodically with a goal to become the best convenience store available for service and selection. “I can assure you, it was a slow process,” he said. “There was no wow moment, no magic pill.” Aplin plans to continue the same pace as he continues to build the chain. Growth, he said, will be slow and organic with an eye to the company’s long-term success. Aplin is also president of Chase Construction and on the board of directors of Flow-Zone Inc., an oilfield supply company, and R.B. Stewart, a fuel distribution company. He is also active in his community, as a 9-year board member of the Brazosport Independent School District, including a two-year tenure as board president, a member of the Lieutenant Governor’s Transportation Advisory Board, a member of the Texas Small Business Council appointed by Texas governor Rick Perry, a board member of the Brazosport Center for the Arts and Sciences and Lake Jackson’s Emergency Management Services, a lifetime member of the Coastal Conservation Association and the 100 Club of Brazoria County, a charitable organization.