Re: Rezoning request for Bayside Reserves, a five-story apartment complex and 10 homes at 49th Street N and 162nd Street N, off Roosevelt Boulevard.
More apartments not needed here
Last September, residents and senior citizens opposed this project. Now, Bayside Reserves has again made an application with Pinellas County for this project. Again, we will oppose this out-of-scale project being built in our hamlet-style community. Why?
The project is to be built in a 100-year floodplain. Eagles reside in a tower less than a block from the site, and trees to be cut down are habitat trees. The area is a sanctuary for other rare birds and wildlife. Bayside Reserves spokesman Jake Stowers stated that "the eagles are urbanized and used to living with humans." We disagree, as does the Audubon Society.
There will be increased levels of noise, air pollution, crime and traffic, plus danger to drivers exiting County Road 611 and merging with 49th Street S. The project would put 300 to 400 additional cars on Bolesta Road and 49th Street, with only one left turn onto Roosevelt Boulevard. Picture that at peak traffic time mornings and evenings. Not a safe or pretty picture!
Conclusion: The quality of life for wildlife, eagles, residents and seniors goes down the drain. The increase in traffic will result in pollution that will affect the health of the very young and the elderly in the area.
Fill up the vacancies in the four or five apartment complexes between 62nd Street and 58th Street on Roosevelt Boulevard and East Bay Drive. Pinellas County already has the highest population density of any county in Florida. Enough is enough!
Richard N. Shott, Clearwater
Re: Death walked right past her, April 5; "I am leaving my marriage to finally be myself," April 4; Red flags before dad's rampage, April 3; and Murder, suicide laid out in letter, April 2
Leave families out
of sordid stories
Your reporters and editors (whose names, mercifully, I shall leave unmentioned) seem to have an obsession for dragging through the mud the members of the families of those individuals involved in the tragic events in Clearwater and Largo of Dec. 14, 2007 (four months ago).
In their zeal as reporters and editors, they seem intent on dredging up the most intimate and sordid details of everyone's life and exposing to the public the most personal and private weaknesses of everyone even remotely involved. (I count six family names that have been dragged into this.)
This "reporting" is another form of killing — killing the family names and any good legacies that the families may have had until your relentless editors and reporters decided that it was a good opportunity to sell a lot of newspapers.
Please. It is long past time to cease fire, mercifully, and permit the distraught survivors to grieve and heal. Have a heart in your exposes.
Paul A. Gualtieri, Dunedin
Re: Make a difference for just one horse | guest column, March 12
helped save horses
I wish to thank the readers of the St. Petersburg Times.
Floridians who read Largo police Chief Lester Aradi's guest column emphasizing the critical shortage of hay for horses stepped up in a major way. We received enough donations at www.fairfieldequine.com to enable us to purchase and deliver 1,000 bales of high-quality compressed hay to equine rescue organizations.
As a direct result, one of them was able to take in and care for a herd of 44 relinquished and starving horses.
Your generosity went a long way to meet a severe need. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.
Sara Gruen, North Carolina
Rediscovering joys of bikes and buses
Americans like convenience. I have been one of the guilty. As a child, a bicycle was my main mode of transportation and my most rewarding experience. My friends and I biked miles and miles in the summertime to all our destinations.
As a child and teenager, to get to school or go shopping in the city, a 20-mile journey, I boarded the bus, most times walking a mile before I arrived at the bus stop.
Sometimes the weather was hot as Hades. In the winter my legs would be numb from the cold. There were no options. If you wanted to get somewhere, you hopped on your bicycle or the bus.
These days when driving my car to a destination, I plan all my errands for one day of the week, usually with a companion. I no longer drive around to a quick stop here and there multiple times per day or per week. The price of gas has brought that way of life to a screeching halt. I am happy I learned to ride a bike at an early age. Although now a senior, I look forward to riding my new bicycle to do errands and take in the scenery.
And I will also now look forward to the trips on the bus to places I have not visited in a while, not worrying about traffic jams, crazy drivers and long red lights.
I'll just do the thing I love best when riding the bus: getting immersed in a good novel while someone else is in the driver's seat. I no longer feel guilty. And this, I believe, is a new independence.
Michele Shriver, Palm Harbor
Re: Suicidal man surrenders after standoff | story, April 1
for suicidal driver
That nut who shut down the Dunedin Causeway gets no sympathy from me. Driving out to a bridge or causeway and parking beside a heavily traveled road and sticking your head out the car window with a gun to it takes a lot of planning and forethought. When he was finally removed, it was for a mental evaluation, not to jail as it should have been.
He caused a lot of folks long delays, my granddaughter being one. The police stopped all traffic.
When the doctors release him, he should be charged with a number of offenses and get a hefty jail sentence from a judge who should seriously consider the victims and not any tearful, "I didn't know what I was doing."
Owen Allbritton, Clearwater