"Here, it's still Tampa, but different — and better" (Sept. 5 column)
City has changed, but not for better
I enjoyed reading your guest column. Although at times you seemed to be voicing some displeasure with your new neighborhood, your message is well-delivered. Tampa has lost what it once was, mainly due to the now-transient nature of the community, as well as the massive influx of northern transplants during the past 20 years. I have seen it change a lot since 1976, and not mostly for the better.
I have some advice for you: Don't get too used to Palmetto Beach being the way it is today. Developers are eyeing that place big time, and the way our City Council hands out rezonings it will undergo a serious change once the real estate market returns to normal. Of course I hope I am wrong, but based on past experience, this seems to be a very easy prediction to make.
Enjoy it while it lasts!
Bill Wilson, Manhattan Manor