Tuesday, April 24, 2018
Letters To The Editor

FWC's Anclote River speeds still endanger boaters

Rules on Anclote complex, unsafe

I have a boat at the Anclote Harbors Marina, about halfway down the river. The authorized speed up to Marker 29 is minimum wake, then you can go wide open. Some boats have been clocked at over 60 mph in that narrow river. I travel the river at least a dozen times a month in my duties with the Coast Guard Auxiliary and can attest to the heights of courtesy but also to the depths of stupidity and inconsiderateness — occasioned mostly by the wide-open speed allowed on the western half of the river.

Some boats put out large wakes even at slow speeds but almost all boats put out wakes the faster they go. These wakes travel for large distances to include going up into the channels along the river. I invite you to stand in a boat at Anclote ramp and load your family or gear on board. You better have one hand ready to grab something because I can guarantee you'll experience a wake. I have had my boat damaged by these wakes and I have seen people fall because of them. Do we need another death or serious injury to make the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission wake up?

The state commission approval of only the minimum wake restrictions within 500 feet from the swimming area at Anclote River Park is totally ludicrous. It doesn't address the problem, but exacerbates it. A boater coming from Tarpon Springs gets to Marker 29, then speeds up only to have to slow down 200 yards later, then speed back up 500 feet later. This isn't going to happen, especially if the driver has had a few beers and holds little regard for other people.

Even if they did slow, that wake is still going to cause problems in the Anclote ramp area. Nothing has been resolved.

Make it simple. Make it safe. The minimum wake zone should be from Marker 15 all the way into Tarpon Springs. I know the marinas and the commercial enterprises at that end don't want it because time is money and people are impatient. Somewhere there has to be someone who will wake up and do what everyone has long known needs to be done.

Tom Loughlin, New Port Richey

Company hired to demolish U.S. 19 eyesore

Strip mall should be cleaned up

It's nice to see the mobile home park at U.S. 19 and Grand Boulevard being cleaned up by the city of Port Richey. Now Pasco County needs to do something about a real eyesore, the strip mall just south of the southeast corner of U.S. 19 and Flora Avenue, a bit north of the Pasco-Pinellas county line.

The old Publix supermarket there was gutted years ago and all the windows and doors crudely ripped out. It literally looks like a bombed-out ruin. Most of the rest of the mall is vacant and deteriorating badly.

The property owner should be cited and told to either clean up the mess or demolish it.

Pete Wilford, Holiday

Never vote for tax — even for 1 cent

Rule No. 1 is never vote to raise your own taxes. We screwed that up, so abide by rule No. 2 — if you can vote to lower your own taxes, do so.

That is, vote not to renew the Penny for Pasco.

Government will always find a way to spend as much of your money as it can and it can always get by on less. Would not renewing this tax hamper government? Maybe, but maybe not.

Ernest Lane, Trinity

Crews Lake Park event successful

A very successful inaugural Crews Lake Park Appreciation Day was held Sept. 8 with the support of so many wonderful people including Lottie Kelley of Covanta Energy and David Jay, Crews Lake park ranger, who helped organize the event. Commissioner Ann Hildebrand was honored for her dedication to the community, parks and the Central Pasco and Gulf Railroad.

Thank you to the many sponsors and to the nearly 1,000 good people who attended despite a little bit of rain. We hope to see you out at the park again in the near future.

Bill Baker, Hudson


Pasco Letters to the Editor for April 27

Stop Ridge Road extension, reader saysWhen I spoke at the Dade City meeting of the Pasco County Commissioners on my opposition to the Ridge Road Extension, three of them responded, but only when my three minutes of free speech expired, and I could sa...
Published: 04/23/18

Monday’s letters: Term limits don’t work

U.S. Senate campaignTerm limitsdon’t workGov. Rick Scott has begun his run for the U.S. Senate with TV ads promoting term limits for representatives and senators. Aside from the probability that this would require a constitutional amendment, I think ...
Published: 04/22/18
Updated: 04/23/18

Sunday’s letters: Problems with high-speed rail

Thanks, Gov. Scott, for ghastly I-4 drives | April 18, Sue Carlton columnProblems with high-speed railIn her Wednesday column, the writer bemoaned the traffic on I-4 and blasted Gov. Rick Scott for turning down free government money for a high-sp...
Published: 04/21/18

Tuesday’s letters: Student journalists push to save their newsrooms and independence

Save student newsroomsAs professional newsrooms shrink, student newsrooms have become an increasingly important source of local coverage, holding not only our universities accountable but also local government. We write these articles, attending meet...
Updated: 28 minutes ago

Saturday’s letters: Don’t weaken rules on fisheries

Florida fisheriesDon’t weaken rules on fish stocksMembers of Congress are proposing changes to an important ocean law, the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, that would adversely affect coastal states including Florida.Since it...
Published: 04/19/18
Updated: 04/20/18

Friday’s letters: We owe it to our children to teach them history

If we don’t understand past, future looks grim | April 19, Daniel Ruth columnThe history we owe our childrenIt’s not often I agree with Daniel Ruth, but this article was spot-on. I’m not sure when the schools started ignoring Germany’s World War ...
Published: 04/19/18

Thursday’s letters: Gun research can save lives

Gun ownershipCommon ground: Find the factsThere are many areas in the current debate about guns and gun ownership where both sides must agree to disagree. But there is one area where common ground ought to exist. That concerns the need for continuing...
Published: 04/18/18

Wednesday’s letters:

Poverty and plenty in bay area | April 7, editorialStruggling poor are not a priorityI commend your newspaper for continuing to produce real and relevant news, particularly the recent editorial pointing out that a prospering Tampa Bay should not ...
Published: 04/16/18
Updated: 04/17/18

Hernando Letters to the Editor for April 20

Bar Association celebrates Law WeekPresident Dwight D. Eisenhower proclaimed May 1, 1958, as the first Law Day to mark the nation’s commitment to the rule of law. Every year on this day, we reflect on the significance of the rule of law and rededicat...
Published: 04/16/18
Updated: 04/17/18

Tuesday’s letters: Stop cooperating with ICE

Sheriff’s ICE policy blasted | April 10Pinellas should end partnership with ICEPinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri recently participated in a community conversation on his controversial agreement with ICE to voluntarily detain immigrants in the...
Published: 04/16/18