Brookridge wants to be senior spot
The coverage of the gate closing at the rear of Brookridge Community is one-sided at best. The articles centered on the children living in Brookridge and being forced to find other avenues to school because the Brookridge board of directors decided to close the access/egress gate to their school. Nothing was said about the impact that families with children have on the 2,400-plus senior families living here.
Housing in Brookridge is relatively inexpensive. However, we have a golf course, a club house that features over 71 activities and group meetings, a swimming pool, horse shoe pits, shuffle board and tennis courts. Everything that makes senior living in Brookridge attractive and enjoyable.
Inexpensive senior housing should be in the public interest, too. There is nothing in Brookridge for children. There is no playground, baseball diamond or skateboard ramp; no children's facilities of any kind.
The history and experience tell us that low-cost housing that is not deed restricted soon falls into a low-cost housing community, with all of the inherent social problems and depressing housing values.
A low-cost senior community does not have these problems. A senior couple buys their home in the "55 and older" community and lives in it until, through age or health, they are forced to leave. They sell it to another senior person(s) looking for a senior community that has all of the amenities that make senior living pleasant, and housing values are not affected. The money that sellers receive for their home goes to help them through their final years.
The Brookridge subdivision is a deed-restricted community. However, some legality, when establishing the 55-and-over restriction, was overlooked and the age restriction was deemed unenforceable.
There are approximately 2,400 senior families living in Brookridge, and the great majority wish that Brookridge be a 55-and-older community. They have instructed their board of directors to take every step necessary to return it to a 55-and-older community. Present homeowners younger than 55 would be grandfathered in. We do not want to encourage families with children to move here. Brookridge is a senior community.
Bruce Gethen, Brookridge
Sign stealing and dealing with it
An interesting incident gave me some insight into confrontational political actions and the operation of the Sheriff's Office in dealing with it.
While traveling on Shoal Line with two others, we saw a man pulling up political candidates signs by the entrance to Linda Peterson Park. I asked him why he was pulling up signs?
He answered with a lot of profanity that it is none of our business. I stated that those signs are put out there as a legal part of the process and they were not his. He told me that he was a sign policeman and as such he was authorized to pull up signs that he deemed were not in the proper place.
Later, in the park, we saw a stack of signs for Democratic candidates for county office and an independent candidate for School Board. He was an equal opportunity offender of anyone who was not following the path of his political choosing.
We called the Sheriff's Office to report the incident. When the deputy came, he was very polite and also in good humor about the incident. I gave him the man's description, and the description of his vehicle, his plate identification.
The deputy said he would speak to him. He said he would also go back and put up the signs. He told us that this happened a lot during the election times. We called candidates and informed them of the incident and that the deputy would put their signs back up.
I am a disabled Vietnam veteran and am more than a little put off by the incident. Here was this guy who thought it is okay to steal property and deprive citizens of their right to spend their money to get name recognition. He was also stealing our rights to see the political process as it is supposed to work. He thinks that he is serving his political party by his actions. I don't think so.
As to the deputy's actions, he was keeping the peace and not getting excited by people's misdirected sense of doing things to get their political party's goals accomplished by trampling everyone's rights.
The confrontational party lines are keeping Americans further apart by their "it's my way or the highway" thinking. I believe most Americans are disappointed.
Larry Simpson, Hernando Beach