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Dunedin nightlife draws residents

Re: Noise debate stirs up racket | story, Nov. 20

Dunedin nightlife draws residents

I am a 12-year resident of Dunedin as well as a worker in the downtown area. The task force mentioned in your report was originally sanctioned by the Dunedin City Commission to explore issues relating to a 3 a.m. closing time for drinking establishments, not the noise issue. A noise ordinance is already in place on the recommendations of a two-year investigative committee of residents and officials.

Many if not all of the residents who attend the task force meetings and have issues with downtown nightlife moved here well after the downtown started promoting its after-dark activities at the few entertainment establishments and outdoor restaurants.

To say that Dunedin is becoming a popular nighttime destination is missing the boat by a few years. There has been an active, successful nightclub in the downtown area since the 1980s and other nighttime businesses opened in the 1990s. Our business resilience is a strength of our community and is sought-after by many others in Pinellas and the rest of the country. The example you used is only an eight-year resident who has hosted outdoor parties on his property in support of nighttime events.

Those having the problems with nighttime noise are very few, but unfortunately, very loud. Most locals I have encountered moved to Dunedin with the express goal of enjoying its abundance of activities and events. Check the many e-mails sent to city commissioners in favor of continuing Dunedin's nightlife.

Your report made our downtown akin to Ybor City or New Orleans' Bourbon Street. Not true. I had to laugh at the comment about "Harley" noise. We are a small and vibrant community and the majority are here for the sole purpose of taking advantage of it.

Gus Shafman, Dunedin

Re: Noise debate stirs up racket | story, Nov. 20

Downtown is not for peace, quiet

I just find it ironic that anyone who liked peace and quiet would move into a downtown area. I came here because of the vibrant downtown and all it has to offer. I certainly didn't move to Beltrees Street across from the stadium to start a campaign about the announcer during games and functions — no matter what time of the day.

Sam Nelson, Dunedin

Turn lights on at tennis courts

The Clearwater City Council's recent decision to eliminate lighting on all of its tennis courts except at three sites is very disappointing. In this age of rampant obesity, eliminating opportunities for social, physical exercise goes against leisure services philosophy.

Just a couple of months ago, Clearwater was voted among the Top 10 cities in America as the "Best Tennis Town USA." The council's decision reflects very poorly on this national award.

According to the Sporting Goods Manufacturers' survey, tennis is the only traditional sport that is showing positive growth. City Council members should re-visit their decision and turn the lights back on at the tennis courts!

Nancy Morgan, Dunedin

Stores lend hand without red tape

Non-profit organizations are having a difficult time raising donations during our economic downturn. This year, while getting donations for 36 boxes we are shipping to a unit in Iraq, we were running out of time because of the early shipping date. Our Sunday School class, Rock and Role, at Heritage United Methodist decided it was something we wanted to do and somehow, we would make it work.

One grocery store we asked for donations had to have district headquarters notified and three weeks to get a response. Another one needed national headquarters notified and two weeks to respond.

So I called Tom Leonard at Sweetbay in Tarpon Springs, and he said, "Come on up. We can find something for the troops." Wow! What a response.

Then I called national headquarters for Fresh Market and got Sheila Bennett in Customer Care. She told me that she would speak to her boss and get back to me. And she did! She was packing 36 stuffed reindeer with candy canes and shipping it to our local store. They would arrive by Friday, Nov. 19. This meant they would be here in time to pack on Sunday and ship out on Monday, Nov. 22. I did not even have to provide anything in writing before they were shipped.

And you try and tell me that God does not work in mysterious ways.

Margaret Hyde, Clearwater

Re: Earlier start to retail frenzy | story, Nov. 23

Thanksgiving is not day for greed

I would like to thank the St. Petersburg Times for bringing to the readers' attention the retail stores that plan to be open on Thanksgiving Day. I guess those companies have loss sight that Thanksgiving is indeed a holiday. Due to their greed, and knowing who they are, I will not be patronizing these stores this holiday season.

Barbara Schuler, Safety Harbor

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