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Letters to the Editor: Lake Townsen Regional Park no longer safe

Vandalism at Lake Townsen Regional Park in Nobleton

Park no longer seems safe

One recent morning, I stopped briefly by the boat launch at Lake Townsen Regional Park to fish. I found two young men who had just gone out on their small boat only to return to their truck with tires slashed and windows broken. These are guys without a lot of money. Very nice and polite. I was really stunned by this sort of thing. I reported it to the police after calling the lake management folks. Apparently the cash boxes for usage fees had been broken into recently as well.

I no longer feel safe parking my car there. I've lost the use of one of the nicest trails to take my dogs, and where I intended to launch my boat, plus fishing off the great walkway they built at the lake.

The police can't be expected to keep a 24/7 patrol of the park.

I think a solution would be to have multiple cameras placed, and advertised that they are in place, throughout the parking areas and where the usage fees boxes are placed. They took down the Brooksville traffic cameras. Could they be repurposed for this?

It's a shame. It's such a lovely area. And it's popular with the snowbirds and horse people when it's cooler. Those folks shouldn't be victimized by this threat.

I would support a funding effort to make the area usable. As of today I won't be returning.

David de Vaull, Brooksville

Republic "lack of" Services

Give us trash, recycling options

Why is it that we cannot get our trash and recycling picked up on a regular basis? And when service is missed, and you are lucky enough to get through to Republic, you get excuses. They have been known for poor service, and even worse customer service, and no management at all.

Are our county commissioners that ignorant, or do they receive campaign donations to not only look the other way, but give Republic a new, bigger contract?

Many residents don't even participate in recycling, and just throw these items away, due to poor service. Why would our county not open up the new contract for bidding from competing companies? As long as Republic has a monopoly, service will never improve.

Doug Hayden, Weeki Wachee