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Connerton is a sign of flawed development planning in Pasco

Re: Connerton for sale

Connerton sign of flawed planning

This again brings into clear focus the folly of Florida's government planning/development staffs, real estate and mortgage companies, builders, and elected officials who have constantly lived by the creed that they have never seen a development proposal they did not like.

Connerton is a planned development, one of many in Pasco County that is now languishing as a sea of bulldozed sand. The state has just enacted legislation that will place the cost burden of future capital improvements adjacent to these follies in the hands of the taxpayers. It seems to prove that big money talks when developers deal with elected officials who never turn down new plans. Tough action with a builder is to drop a few lots or add some amenities.

The new town of Connerton has almost 7,800 empty lots. How long will it take in the current economy to absorb them? Major developments throughout Pasco County and the entire region add to this burden. Counties have approved too much development and lots will be vacant for years, if not decades. Additional development approvals should not be given now to fuel an already glutted market.

It is time for our elected officials to stand up, not hamstring the future. Ignore the campaign contributions and declare a moratorium on new starts.

Dale Gottschalk, Hudson

Fun day marred by film's content

I want to thank everyone for the day at Sims Park Oct. 24. It was fun and well put on, but what were they thinking when they showed that movie at the end?

I brought my 4-year-old granddaughter for the day and the movie. That was not a movie to be shown in a public park with no warning. When I asked a couple sitting next to us what kind of movie they were showing they said it was a Christian movie. It contained images of drugs, guns, murder and many other things that were not for children of that age or much older. A lot of us thought it was a Halloween show.

The park emptied very fast, us included. My granddaughter was indeed scared and confused because we carried a blanket, popcorn, and drinks to have a fun time that was cut short because of this movie. Thank you for a fun day, but a terrible evening.

Katie Clark, New Port Richey

Hospice cares for community

As the holidays approach, many of us will gather with family and friends. Often, these gatherings will include memories about loved ones, sharing of funny family stories and traditions that have been honored year after year. This emphasis on remembrance, so welcomed during joyful times, also plays an important role in difficult times, especially at the end of life.

November is National Hospice/Palliative Care Month and in Pasco County, residents are fortunate to have two hospices from which to choose when faced with a life-limiting illness. HPH Hospice, formerly known as Hernando-Pasco Hospice, has been serving the community for 25 years and Gulfside Regional Hospice has been caring for our residents for 20 years.

Both hospices provide care to patients regardless of their ability to pay, a benefit which is extremely important during these tough economic times. We would like to thank our generous donors for their support, whether this comes through a memorial donation, supporting an event or shopping at one of our thrift stores.

Studies have shown that when faced with a life-limiting illness, most people are more concerned about the impact that it will have on their family, not themselves. By focusing on the individual, not the illness, Gulfside Regional Hospice and HPH Hospice share a commitment to uphold the dignity of every person regardless of age, health or social status. We also fully recognize that every stage of human life deserves to be treated with the utmost respect and care.

Collectively, HPH Hospice and Gulfside Regional Hospice have served more than 5,000 Pasco County residents in 2008, and the combined corps of 1,300 trained volunteers gave more than 267,684 hours of dedicated service and made 17,105 patient visits. Our organizations' staff and volunteers understand that every person they care for is a unique individual with a lifetime of experiences, relationships and gifts to share. While our jobs are not easy, they are a privilege. Gulfside Regional and HPH's teams consider caring for someone at the end of life one of the highest honors, and do all they can to ensure that the wishes of their patients and loved ones are upheld.

Linda Ward, president and CEO Gulfside Regional Hospice; Tom Barb, president and CEO, HPH Hospice

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Connerton is a sign of flawed development planning in Pasco 10/31/09 [Last modified: Saturday, October 31, 2009 10:41am]
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