You're no friends of Brooker Creek
To the "Friends" of Brooker Creek Preserve:
Just wanted to say thanks for allowing the county government to destroy Brooker Creek Preserve. I am disappointed beyond belief.
You have no regard for the destruction of the land we as residents enjoy in this last piece of real Florida in Pinellas County, not to mention the endangerment of the home and habitat for the vast wildlife that needs this area that you were supposed to protect.
If you think for one moment that the deal you signed with the "devil" is the last one, forget it, for Pandora's box is now open and it won't be long until Brooker Creek Preserve will be only a memory as it is paved over with useless strip malls and parking lots.
Way to go.
Robert La Follette, Palm Harbor
Re: New city will be extremely costly | letter, May 5
Letter on city idea is fact-impaired
Letter writer Frank Dame takes great liberty with facts, makes false assumptions and rushes to judgment.
The Island Independence Initiative is simply exploring the financial ramifications and the feasibility of creating a city of the three islands of Sand Key, Clearwater Beach and Island Estates. This is a well thought-out, methodical process, and not just tossing tea bags over the bow. No conclusion has been reached.
Dame takes umbrage with the president of a civic association for supporting these efforts. The individual referred to has clearly stated he is not acting on behalf of the Island Estates Civic Association but, as a private citizen, is seeking answers to questions the writer would prefer not be asked.
Dame, who appears to speak as a private citizen, is far from objective. He fails to disclose that he is a City Council-appointed member of the Clearwater Community Development Board — the same board that voted unanimously to approve major code deviations for the proposed Cabana Club hotel and restaurant on Sand Key, and the same board that supported an increase in hotel density on Sand Key and Clearwater Beach. Dame is also employed by the Clearwater Marine Aquarium, an organization that has received city funding.
I am a member of the Save Our Shoppes committee and the membership chairman of the Island Estates Civic Association. However, I am speaking as a private and concerned citizen for the future of the island communities. I disagree with Dame because he does not state the facts accurately, and mostly because he did not state that he is appointed by the City Council and is a decision-maker in critical zoning matters throughout the city. Yet he attempts to find fault with others who are acting in an individual capacity, expressing their right to free speech.
Mary Reinhardt, Clearwater
Re: Rescuer: Crash worst I've ever seen | story, April 14
Maybe 18 is a better driving age
After reading the article about the four young people killed in Seminole, I had to respond.
I have never lost a child, so I can't imagine the pain the parents are going through. Maybe it's time to raise the driving age to 18.
Sixteen-year-old children should not have a license and a 5,000-pound car to drive, plus a cell phone. That is a bad combination.
Larry Zwart, Dunedin