Dunedin pool should stay open
Many Dunedin citizens are not aware that our lovely, outdoor municipal pool is scheduled to be closed from October until April starting this Oct. 1. Of course, the economy and the need for budget cuts are cited as the reasons for this closure.
As of now, dedicated lap swimmers, water wellness exercisers and a huge group of master swimmers (who practice every morning from 5 till 8 a.m.) will not have this beautiful facility for exercise. Many older folks are unable to participate in other types of aerobic exercise. The swim team from our local high school will also be affected.
We've been told to find another facility for our exercise, but so far have not discovered another facility to welcome us. Dunedin's pool is in good shape now for the role it plays in keeping many of our citizens in good health through exercise and fitness routines.
Although the pool will probably be open in the summer, pools, no matter how well kept, can easily deteriorate when not being used during the entire year.
I would hope that the city commissioners would look for solutions whereby costs could be cut in ways that would not force the city to close the pool entirely during our winter season. Increasing fees, shortening hours, and beefing up public relations (we've had large usage by snowbirds in the past) are possible solutions.
It's distressing to think of our municipal pool just degenerating through nonuse when the possibility of some creative ideas by those in charge might be able to keep this wonderful facility open year-round.
Incidentally, the great article about how Largo is using its pool to the benefit of many swimmers was very inspiring. With all the water surrounding Florida, it's of the greatest importance that everyone overcome their fear of the water and learn to swim.
Carolyn Willey, Dunedin
Re: Merging fire services still an option | story, Aug. 23
Communities should merge, save
The St. Petersburg Times article on the possible merging of fire services is an interesting subject. I am a retired chief from another state. This subject did come up often in my 21 years as chief. In fact, there were quite a few times when I presented the idea to local politicians.
The area I lived in had eight communities that I recommended merge their services. Most thought it was a great idea until I mentioned that they should also merge governing bodies. Instead of eight mayors, just one; instead of eight managers, just one; instead of eight lawyers, just one or two; instead of a host of useless politicians, a reasonably reduced number.
I explained how much money could be saved by doing this, but for some reason the idea was always shelved after I raised the point.
Perhaps these fired Pinellas fire chiefs or others might want to look at the subject from this point of view. It could make for some interesting debates, not to mention the overall cost savings to taxpayers.
James Bendinelli, Palm Harbor
Put a flea market in downtown
Being that lots of folks are looking for good bargains these days, perhaps when the downtown Clearwater Stein Mart closes its doors, it could reopen as a flea market. If enough dealers could be rounded up to sell their wares, the city of Clearwater could have its own downtown flea market. My belief is that it would attract many to the downtown area, not only from Clearwater, but from other neighboring cities as well. Clearwater would make money, dealers would make money and we the people would have another alternative of where to spend our money and save as well.
JoAnn Lee Frank, Clearwater
Re: Unsecured door let out tot who nearly drowned story, Aug. 9
What's going on with toddler?
Is there going to be a followup to this story? These two babysitters should be charged for negligence! Were they tested for impairment on the scene? With the lengthy drug history, they should have been! A 17-month-old kid — who the heck turns their back on that age?
When my kids were that age, my life was watching them every second. How is the little boy doing? Is he recovering?
Marie Ecob, Palm Harbor