Re: Bayside Reserves gets first approval | story, July 23, and Lots of familiar faces in this deal | Howard Troxler column, July 29
Bayside Reserves project a no-no
Many thanks to the St. Petersburg Times for covering Case No. Z/LU-3-08-07, also known as the Bayside Reserves project near Largo.
I think citizens countywide should be watching this case carefully, not just because it represents how our money is spent, but because it seems that the County Commission used a waiver before to justify their decisions and actions.
This case is heavily weighted with objections and alternative solutions, yet the commissioners voted unanimously in favor of the development.
Additionally, a common theme of "relationship" decision making seems apparent. The underpinnings of the Pinellas County Comprehensive Plan and associated amendments are questionable at this point and affect the entire county.
Saving critical habitat such as shorelines and focusing on the long run are simple requests that have been voiced repeatedly by citizens all over the county and yet we keep finding ourselves in the same situation.
Just another penny for your thoughts: This land should be under Parks and Recreation and was moved around at the will of the commission directly against neighborhood objections. Bayside Reserves should be called Bayside Preserves.
If a five-story building is placed at that location, the view from the Bayside Bridge will be complete with smog and a bald eagle nesting in a cell tower. That view will be a symbol of our future in Pinellas County.
Barb Walker, Palm Harbor
Begin Biltmore Hotel repairs now
I have absolutely no objections to the zoning variances necessary to complete the redevelopment of the Belleview Biltmore Hotel and the restaurant at the Cabana Club. I believe it will be an economic boost for the area.
It is amazing to me that tax dollars are spent to evaluate what the area needs and when the evaluation comes back and says the area needs more hotel rooms to add to the tax base, some people are narrow minded enough to oppose what the area needs most.
Please allow the building to begin!
Byron Dougherty, Indian Rocks Beach
Re: Museum display is short on accuracy | letter, Aug. 6
Naval know-it-all full of himself
It appears the letter writer from Tierra Verde wants every one to know how important he is.
Instead of criticizing a minor error (nit-picking) in one of the displays at the soon-to-open (Aug. 16) Armed Forces Military Museum in Largo, why didn't he just point out the error to someone there?
John Piazza and his staff have done a remarkable job.
The museum is very impressive and something unique to the Tampa Bay area.
William Bolin Sr., Largo