Let's brainstorm, aid museum letter, June 7
Dunedin Fine Art Center is nearby
I understand letter writer Martin Fishback's feeling about the demise of the Gulf Coast Museum of Art. It is indeed a sad day when any cultural resource finds it necessary to shut its doors. We truly are poorer as a community because of it.
I would be remiss, however, if I didn't point out that what Mr. Fishback is looking for already exists just up the road at the Dunedin Fine Art Center.
He won't find any "chilliness" there, only an open invitation to explore, learn and share how enriching art can be in a life and a community. Like the Dunedin Fine Art Center says in its brochure, they offer art in a most welcoming kind of way.
St. Petersburg Times writer Lennie Bennett described the Dunedin Fine Art Center as "… the artistic equivalent of a village square, a gathering place for people at every level of talent to work and learn side by side. It's serious, but it's also fun."
Whether it's classes by outstanding faculty, exhibitions of best in contemporary art, a hands-on children's art museum or a cafe and gift shop that just invites you to linger a while longer and enjoy the fine company, Mr. Fishback owes it to himself to stop in and see why Ms. Bennett said that the Dunedin Fine Art Center is "… a wonderful community spot for learning, sharing and relaxing, a mixed media kind of enjoyment."
Arthur Leasure, Dunedin
Working together works for everyone
I have been following your articles on the consolidation of city services. City and county income will continue to drop next year as it has the last several years. We must anticipate that our future budgets mandate that we work together to share services in the very near future.
As the Belleair commissioner on the Fire Suppression Board, I made the recommendation that we negotiate with Largo to deliver our future fire services. Because Largo managed the Belleair Bluffs Fire Department for years, they know the people, equipment, properties, etc.
Largo's fire marshals also know the Belleview Biltmore Resort the best. They helped the new Belleview Biltmore owner update the fire systems and greatly enhanced safety.
By working together, we can provide more efficient service to the area at a lower cost.
Tom Shelly, Belleair commissioner