Dunedin votes against dredging | story, Jan. 26
City responsible for cleanup
If Dunedin dumped refuse in a local neighborhood, the residents would decry the action.
If the city dumped debris in the waters off Honeymoon Island, there would be a public outcry.
I suspect some of it would come from a few of those in the minority who oppose any cleanup of Lake Sperry and Cedar Creek, but happen to live on Honeymoon Island. I also suspect they would be the first to demand action be immediately taken with taxpayer money to rectify such scenarios.
It is irrefutable that the city is dumping its stormwater refuse into Lake Sperry and Cedar Creek. The difference is in the subtlety of this process, which has been occurring over a prolonged period of time.
The degradation to the environment of a privately owned lake and a once biologically thriving tidal estuary is now blatant. The accountability for rectifying these man-made disasters rests squarely on the city.
Annie Chewcaskie, Dunedin
The green battlefield, story, Feb. 2
What about right of landowner?
If the community wishes to preserve land in its undeveloped state, it simply must negotiate with the owner to determine a price at which he would consent to include that condition in the deed restrictions.
One-sided action by the local government without the agreement of the owner would seem to be a kind of seizure that I believe is prohibited by our Constitution.
Certainly, it would be unfair to the owner and hold a threat of future arbitrary action detrimental to the financial interest of all property owners.
T. Shewell, Seminole
Study puts brakes on red-light cameras story, Jan. 23
Standardize timers on lights
It seems to me that we could eliminate confusion and controversy over motorists running red lights by standardizing the countdown timers that are at many intersections.
In some cases, the traffic light turns yellow as soon as the timer counts down to zero; in others, it's several seconds before the yellow light comes on.
You never know what you're going to get.
A little certainty would go a long way to improving safety.
Gail Carroll, Belleair
Mythic figure set for splash, and Criticism freezes Tarpon changes stories, Jan. 29
Next for Tarpon? Clean up blight
A thousand thanks to Dr. Kathleen Monahan, Tarpon Springs' director of Cultural and Civic Services, and city officials instrumental in making it possible to exhibit the beautiful mermaid statue named Ama near Spring Bayou.
Now, if I could get them interested in improving the area on Alt. U.S. 19 from Martin Luther King Boulevard to Klosterman Road, which is rich in blight caused by commercial legal/illegal unsightly signs and dying trees, it would make the city worthy of being called "beautiful."
For years, I've been in "conversation" with city officials to try and get landlords and store owners to improve this blight, to no avail. (I have a folder full of letters to attest to this.)
Also in the paper there was an article about the almost firing of our city arborist. We need this position, as trees are the natural public art that add to the beauty and comfort of everyone.
Sometime I feel like Don Quixote, chasing the impossible dream.
Irene Prosser, Tarpon Springs