Let's embrace small businesses
From the Pierogi Guy on Gulf-to-Bay Boulevard to the tackle shop on Fort Harrison Avenue, and with every small business in between, it is obvious that the City of Clearwater is nursing a very serious grudge against anyone foolish enough to try to succeed in business in Clearwater.
This is a big town of small businesses. Hundreds of individuals, couples and families are all trying to keep their companies afloat in these hard times, and the City of Clearwater is doing all it can to stop them. It's time for Clearwater to stop the harassment. It's time for the people of Clearwater to demand a change.
Yes, I know Clearwater has sign ordinances and regulations and rules and laws ad nauseam, and they are nothing if not diligent (rabid) about the enforcement of those many laws and rules.
Now is the time for all business owners in Clearwater to band together and change those laws. Now is the time to ensure the success of businesses and not strangle them into failure with petty regulations. Now would be a very good time for our mayor and city commissioners to step up to the plate and defend the success of businesses in Clearwater rather than watch them fail or move out of town.
I want to see a new attitude coming from the City of Clearwater. I want to see this city work to help businesses succeed, and not work to grind businesses into the ground. I do not believe that's asking too much of my city.
Alfred Jarry, Clearwater
Mural decisions defy logic, reason
I cannot understand the Clearwater City Council's motives regarding decisions facing the growth of downtown Clearwater. They continue to shoot themselves in the foot.
Painted murals are proven to be an effective way to attract people to an area. They appreciate the creativity and remember it, recommending the place to their friends.
The city's decision to give a business owner, who has done them a huge favor by raising the quality of a neighborhood that is full of prostitutes and drug dealers, a hard time because he has painted fish on his storefront is self defeating and bullish.
Not only are they once again driving away potential business owners, but also the very people they are trying to attract.
Also, the decision to fine him for putting up a First Amendment banner, but saying they would not fine him if he put up the American flag, is hypocritical. If the fish mural symbolizes the bait he sells, doesn't the First Amendment symbolize the American flag? And with that logic, a store that sells flags shouldn't be allowed to fly one outside their store.
Shannon O'Leary-Beck, Clearwater
Re: Safety Harbor City Commission candidate responses | March 5
Skiff has no ties to Claude Rigsby
My name is Joanne Rigsby, widow of Claude Rigsby. I am writing to object to Safety Harbor City Commission candidate Karen Skiff's use of my husband's name in her campaign. I appreciate her looking up to Claude for his good works as mayor-commissioner of Safety Harbor. However, to my knowledge he was not her mentor and he was never her godfather. I wish she would stop using his name in her campaign.
Joanne Rigsby, Safety Harbor