Friday, March 23, 2018
Letters To The Editor

An apology to helicopter egg drop crowd

Egg drop crowd was a surprise

I would like to express my sincere apology to the families and children that did not receive eggs and were disappointed at our first helicopter Easter egg drop event. I am truly sorry to see any child at our events not leave smiling.

I was looking for a new, non-traditional approach to an egg hunt. The Dunedin Parks and Recreation staff are very dedicated professionals who put a lot of thought and hard work into making events happen. We felt that the amount of eggs, activities and concessionaires would be more than enough to accommodate our usual crowd that attends our Halloween and Touch-A-Truck events at Highlander Park.

However, when this overwhelming crowd of over 7,500 showed up, my staff and I did the best we could under the circumstances to make this event as safe as possible. I sincerely thank our sheriff's deputies and paramedics for their assistance as well.

Our intentions were to deliver an egg hunt that was very unique and exciting. The excitement did come when the helicopters circled around the park and 10,000 eggs poured out of the sky. The crowd cheered and there were plenty of smiles. We received many positive comments as to the helicopters dropping the eggs. There was obviously something very attractive about this event for so many to show up, and it certainly has potential for future years.

If you should have any further suggestions to improve this event for next year, please contact me at [email protected]

Vince Gizzi, Parks and Recreation director, Dunedin

Toronto Blues Jays threaten to leave Dunedin

Let Blue Jays pay their own way

Here we go again with yet another major league sports team franchise. I can't believe that the Blue Jays say, "Jump" and our local and state officials ask, "How high?"

I'm fed up with my tax dollars being used for nothing but corporate welfare. If the Toronto Blue Jays want better spring training facilities and possibly a new stadium, let them pay for it themselves.

We are told about the great economic impact for our state and local communities, but I ask all Pinellas residents, has spring training baseball given you a raise at your job or decreased your homeowners insurance premiums and property taxes? I think not.

Here's a novel idea. Why don't Florida and local municipalities issue secured bonds to private investors as the way to raise this corporate sports franchise welfare and leave my taxes alone?

If this is the Blue Jays' opening gambit/threat for a new stadium and contract renewal with Dunedin, then there should only be a one-word response from our elected officials: "Bye."

Joseph Rowe, Tarpon Springs

New Clearwater City Hall

Get creative to meet two goals

Clearwater needs a new city hall.

Clearwater has an eyesore of an abandoned high-rise condominium skeleton at 1100 Cleveland St.

Can't we find a creative solution that would help revitalize the East Gateway and build city offices at the same time?

Richard Packman, Clearwater

Tampa Bay Championship golf tournament, Innisbrook resort

Announcers need geography lesson

I was having a video chat with my son, Bob, a retired Navy commander who works at the base in Bremerton, Wash. He grew up in Clearwater — Belleair Elementary, Kennedy Junior High, Clearwater High, St. Pete Junior College and finished at the University of West Florida.

I mentioned the weather — very little sun — and he said he was well aware of that, as he was watching the golf in St. Petersburg. Whoa, I said, that was Innisbrook in Palm Harbor, north of Clearwater.

This mistake by national announcers is similar to those Americans who, because of national media, think the Rays play in Tampa.

Who do we call on to repair this image?

There must be some group out there to re-educate the news media.

Doris Carroza, Clearwater


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