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A difference in distances between theater and church

A difference
in distances

After reading about Faith Baptist Church's objection to Cobb Theater's sale of alcohol once the complex opens at the Grove, I decided to determine the mileage between the two sites.

I live six-tenths of a mile from the church, and I've noticed how it has benefited from the construction around it. It shares a three-way stop sign with travelers coming from different directions on Oakley Boulevard. When I passed by recently at 1:10 p.m., I saw four cars and a school bus in the lot. Never have I seen the kind of traffic that would warrant a three-way stop sign.

I wondered how large the school was, so I looked on the church's Web site; however, the link for Faith Baptist Academy was inoperable.

Returning home, I drove to the Cobb Theater construction site and set my odometer. I registered one-half mile from the front of the theater to the front door of the church. That is 2,640 feet by paved roadway. The 827 feet written of in the newspaper is as the crow flies.

Besides, I have never seen an unruly patron at the Beach Theatre, which has served beer and wine for years.

Gin Kohl Lieberman,
Wesley Chapel

Time to reinstate permits for center

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers should be applauded for protecting the environment; however, it is now time for them to reinstate the original permits to the developers of Cypress Creek Town Center.

In February 2008, the corps suspended permits for developing the Town Center to check possible problems of rain runoff incidents into Cypress Creek. Local testing found no evidence of downstream impacts from muddy discharges; therefore, the corps needs to re-issue necessary permits as soon as possible.

With Florida's rainy season quickly approaching, it does not seem wise to leave more than 200 acres of exposed earth (dirt) in that area. The developer, E. Jacobs Group, has built storage ponds, planted grass and now they need to be given permits to build a permanent stormwater system to further protect the wetlands and Cypress Creek itself.

When construction on the center is finished, economically, our county can look forward to estimated annual tax revenues of $6-million and $2.4-million for the school system. Anyone looking for a recommendation on how to spend some of this money? I suggest we earmark the school portion to build additional classrooms and eliminate portables at our schools —just one idea.

Peter Hanzel, Wesley Chapel

Want mass transit? Get on the bus | April 21, editorial

Bus system won't get you there

Your editorial suggesting that people wanting mass transit in Pasco County take the bus is like suggesting that a guy who wants a date take his sister or aunt.

The county bus service and sisters aren't what most of us have in mind when we contemplate transportation or dates.

Neither of them are thrilling, and neither of them take you where you want to go.

James B. Johnson, Port Richey

Want mass transit? Get on the bus | April 21, editorial

Lack of shelter hurts ridership

Want mass transit? Get on the bus. That is doubtful. Although our motor vehicle tags boast "the Sunshine State," our bus stops consist of benches nestled in the weeds and grass or teetering on the brink of a steep, sloping ditch with no form of shelter from the blazing sun or downpours. I always feel terrible for people waiting for the bus — frail, elderly individuals, young moms with little children and anyone else.

You see them every day on the way to and from work. I have great empathy for commuters sitting on these benches, anxiously watching the street for signs of relief. Until they are comfortably seated inside an air-conditioned bus, their vigil appears excruciating. It is unthinkable that no one has built sheltered bus stops to provide protection from the elements for occupants less affluent.

I would never voluntarily entertain the idea of using Pasco mass transit unless financially forced to do so. It holds no appeal whatsoever. I believe that is the key element in this issue. Because the bus system is used by people of modest means there is no desire to provide anything more than a basic bench and a basic service. Perhaps if affluent individuals of generous means were required to commute once a week, the current system would improve dramatically.

Gina Nelson, New Port Richey

Editor's note: Pasco County is adding shelters at some bus stops with proceeds from the Penny for Pasco sales tax.

A difference in distances between theater and church 04/21/08 [Last modified: Thursday, April 24, 2008 2:27pm]
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