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Largo needs to remember its priorities and keep Bonner Park open

Re: Threat to close Bonner Park

Stick to priorities, keep park open

Do you want it closed by the city officials, the parks director and staff? All say there are no operational funds. Yet this same group will promote the need to pay close to $300,000 from the Penny for Pinellas a clock tower.

In addition, they promote the 137th Street N beautification program. Incidentally, some of the trees are already dying and the grass needs to be mowed. If you make it, take care of it. Homeowners have code enforcement on their doorstep for unmowed grass!

Keep the parks open. You folks just can't handle the funds you get, as they never are enough. The priority seems to be on what those in government want, not what is needed for the residents.

Donald Kreis, Largo

Newspaper erred in revealing ID

While Largo police Chief Lester Aradi's plan to recruit city employees to help be the eyes and ears of the Police Department is wise, I thought it was unwise to reveal the name and a picture of Zbigniew Sikorski, a Largo environmental services worker who was cleaning out a sewer pumping station and witnessed a robbery at the BP station on Indian Rocks Road and, out of the kindness of his heart, aided the police in nabbing the robbers.

In my opinion, Sikorski's name and face should have remained confidential. Whatever happened to witness protection?

JoAnn Lee Frank, Clearwater

Re: Despite times, we can afford good land use plans | editorial, July 5

Planning Council speaks up for us

The Pinellas Planning Council, a countywide land planning agency, is more important than ever to the citizens of Pinellas County. Now that Gov. Charlie Crist has sold out Florida to the developers, the citizens in each county will have to tighten up their plans for development more than ever.

You very rarely see the actions of the Pinellas Planning Council. Their work is accomplished in small meetings that do not get noticed unless their actions differ with the Pinellas County Commission. Then, the citizens have an opportunity to witness just how important the planning Council is. Recently, the Pinellas Planning Council fought, for you and me, the Pinellas County Commission's plan to designate a portion of the Brooker Creek Preserve for future construction of water treatment plants, water storage tanks and such.

This is how the Pinellas County Commission works: tear things apart into small pieces and no one will notice the big picture of what we are doing. However, the Pinellas Planning Council did notice and they tried to stop it. (Please note the definition of "preserve" is to maintain something in its original or existing state. This is a concept that the County Commission cannot see.)

County Administrator Bob LaSala says that he is not being punitive in telling the Pinellas Planning Council that it is necessary for the agency to cut its budget almost in half and stop levying its dedicated tax on county residents. That is like telling the Planning Council to spend the money it has, do not bother to raise anymore and plan on being nonexistent in a few years.

Is this really what the citizens of Pinellas County want? I do not think so. This council was established in 1988 by a special act of the Florida Legislature when someone had the foresight to realize that one day a governor such as Crist would come along and sell out our state to the developers. The problem with this piece of legislation is that it gives the Board of County Commissioners the right to "review the budget, raising or reducing it as it deems necessary."

Now, more than ever, the citizens of Pinellas County must do everything we can to protect our land. It will be up to us to watch how the County Commission votes on these issues because these issues affect our lives. Watch to see if the county administrator really does everything he can do to abolish this council, which is working to protect the environment. We need the Pinellas Planning Council.

Margaret Hyde, Clearwater

Largo needs to remember its priorities and keep Bonner Park open 07/25/09 [Last modified: Saturday, July 25, 2009 4:30am]
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