Wednesday, June 20, 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


Wednesday’s letters: Charters and traditional public schools each have their place

Public school as public good | Letter, June 17Both kinds of schools can workAs a mother and grandmother of children raised in both traditional public and charter schools in Pinellas County (and a 25-year supporting-services employee for public sc...
Updated: 21 minutes ago

Tuesday’s letters: Keep programs that fight AIDS

For author Biden, it’s a father’s gift | June 6Keep programs that fight AIDSAfter former Vice President Joe Biden’s recent visit to St. Petersburg, I noticed an article that he co-wrote with former Sen. Bill Frist. It reminded everyone about the ...
Published: 06/18/18
Updated: 06/19/18

Is anyone watching the money?Hernando County’s budget shortfall is ever changing going from $6 million to $11.5 million to $14 million to what is assumed a final number of $12.6 million. Who knows the budget shortfall could change again.Who’s watchi...
Published: 06/14/18
Updated: 06/18/18

Re: County OKs solar zones | June 8Plea ignored at solar plant hearingThe Pasco County Commission on June 5 voted to identify a utility-sized solar electric plant as a "special exception" use on agricultural-zoned land in Pasco County. What thi...
Published: 06/14/18
Updated: 06/18/18

Monday’s letters: Skip those plastic bags and save the environment

To save our seas, overcome congressional apathy | Column, June 16Do your part and skip plastic bagsEvery day we read about the shame of our landfills and oceans filling up with plastic bags, yet most people don’t care. My wife and I always carry ...
Published: 06/14/18
Updated: 06/18/18

White House defends splitting up families as ‘biblical’ | June 15The suffering of the childrenI am a mother and attorney with more than 20 years of practice living in Tampa. For the past three years, I worked as a magistrate in a Unified Family C...
Published: 06/14/18
Updated: 06/15/18

Saturday’s letters: Community-based care requires community involvement

Fix foster care, and do it quickly | Editorial, June 15Involve the community itselfWhile the detailed article about the scathing state review of Hillsborough County’s foster care problems touched on leadership, a critical point was not addressed....
Published: 06/14/18
Updated: 06/15/18

Friday’s letters: Freight trains are infrastructure that works in Tampa Bay

Railroads are infrastructure that worksFreight trains carry the loadCentral Florida is our state’s fastest-growing region. We’re on track to outpace South Florida’s growth 2-to-1 over the next several years. Great news for our local economy, but it n...
Published: 06/12/18
Updated: 06/15/18

Thursday’s letters: Charter schools aren’t the enemy

Don’t plug your ears when schools ask for tax | May 20, columnCharter schools aren’t the enemyAs an educator, I am astounded when I hear claims from school board members that charter schools take away funding from the local public school system. ...
Published: 06/12/18
Updated: 06/14/18

Wednesday’s letters: Trump’s words insult our Canadian visitors

Trade disputes torpedo G-7 summit | June 10Canadian visitors are owed apologyLike many Pinellas County residents, I’m pleased that we receive thousands of Canadian "snow birds" as part-year residents. Not only do they enhance our economy, but by ...
Published: 06/11/18
Updated: 06/13/18