Building more homes won't help
Let me see if I get this: In Pasco County home prices are still going down. There is a glut of foreclosed and empty unsold homes. Most homeowners who bought in the last 10 years have mortgages higher than equity.
Services provided by the county have been drastically reduced and fees for everything established or raised (fees are not considered a tax). Want to take the kids to the library? It's closed more than it's open. Want to go the park? Pay the fee.
The Pasco County Commission solution is to encourage the building of more housing by reducing the impact fee. How will the roads, infrastructure, public safety and school costs currently funded by impact fees be paid? For roads, it will be through a new tax called a "mobility fee." For the rest, it won't be funded.
I think I have got it. Our County Commission just voted to let developers build more homes when we have a glut of unsold homes and our property values are falling. Thanks for nothing.
Lynn W. Lindeman, Hudson
Re: Port Richey noise ordinance
Noise problem has solutions
It's only noisy for people who live near these restaurants and bars in question in Port Richey. And many of the people complaining on a steady basis moved in after the music had been there for years. Should they have known this in advance?
I know that one major complainer moved in just a few years ago across from the Seaside Inn. I live about 1,000 feet from the Seaside Inn and hear nothing from there.
Solving this noise problem is not so difficult if only some of our City Council members would go beyond their comfort zone.
Point speakers away from the water. Also, put speakers in the floor or ceiling so the music travels up or down. Put in more speakers so the patrons hear the music better and you can lower the volume. These work, and there are more.
I suggest you contact me on this noise problem as I have had a jukebox in this area for over 25 years. I'll do it for free, seeing as how the ex-city manager is breaking our city's bank account.
Bob Clark, Port Richey
Krewe dishonors first Americans
I honor American Indians by supporting an Indian school, by seeking to overturn an 1823 U.S. Supreme Court decision that denies Indian land claims. I honor them by learning of their history and culture, not by stealing their clothing, their culture and spirituality as the Krewe of Chasco does.
I honor them by continuing my efforts to exclude the Krewe of Chasco from the Chasco Fiesta parade and to encourage them to dress like Florida pioneers, or cattle farmers, or Crackers, rather than our first Americans.
Among those who support my approach are the great nature writer Peter Matthiessen and Lakota activist Russell Means.
A day is coming when the citizens of New Port Richey will say no to the Krewe of Chasco playing Indian and staining their Chasco Fiesta.
Daniel Callaghan, New Port Richey