Use red light violation funds to hire expert
The city of New Port Richey is going to share revenue garnered from the red light violators on U.S. 19. It is supposed to be more than a million dollars a year.
So, how can the local government say it cannot afford to hire a development expert to help solve their problems. Was someone intending to overlook that revenue and divert it to something less public? Who is minding the revenue from the traffic violations?
Aldo Boselli, New Port Richey
When shared cost was suggested, they said no
If Florida is to share the cost of Irene, who is going to share my sinkhole cost?
When people asked for a national insurance fund that the country would share, nobody wanted it. After all, they said, we don't have hurricanes up north and why should we have to share the cost for Florida and the other states who have tornados and natural disasters?
Well, the worm turned.
Roger Lind, Port Richey
West Pasco has many places to find birds
There are plentiful bird sanctuaries in west Pasco county. A private tract under the control of Embassy Crossing off Shoppers Lane has provided residents of the area with an unparalleled example of successful communal living among our feathered friends. Here in the trees around a small pond surrounded by human civilization, wild fowl congregate in large, raucous, but amicable groups, safe from their traditional predators and unmindful of the commercial activities of people or of cars driving to the shopping center.
Most days, one can see great blue herons, great egrets, snowy egrets and the American stork. These find comfortable lodging in the treetops while lower branches shelter anhingas. Mallards may paddle happily on the pond itself.
These same birds may be found in other wet areas of Pasco County, including Starkey Wilderness Park and the connecting Suncoast Highway bicycle trail from Lutz Lake Fern Road to State Road 52. Cattle egrets, though rare in the sanctuary, can be found symbiotically feeding on insects attacking cattle of the Starkey Ranch area near State Road 54.
Longer residents may recall the sanctuary for nesting bald eagles north of SR 52, opposite the entrance to the Timber Oaks subdivision. When the road was widened, work was deferentially suspended during the winter nesting period. Unfortunately, the nest was abandoned when one of the eagles died. The remaining adult eagle left, returned the following year looking for a mate, found none and did not come again. An operational eagles nest can still be found near Anclote Park.
Ospreys, feeding solely on fish, are common in Honeymoon Island and Anclote Park but also nest on tops of tall dead trees or utility poles. The shrill cries of red-tailed and red-shouldered hawks echo in the swamps of Starkey Park and in ponds or lakes of housing developments where they rapaciously await newly hatched broods of welcomed mallard or unloved Muscovy ducks.
Charles Huhtanen, Bayonet Point