Saturday, March 24, 2018
Letters To The Editor

Letters: Build fields, not roads, with impact fees

Frontage road not correct tax route

The 2014 Pasco County parks capital budget contains a $3.7 million expense that concerns us as local residents. The budget calls for utilizing parks and recreation impact fees to construct a frontage road that would lead to the Fields at Wiregrass, a proposed sports tourism project that will be built on 138 acres in Wesley Chapel.

While many county officials and citizens are eager to move forward with a dedicated sports tourism project, impact fee dollars may only be used for the construction of public parks facilities. A $3.7 million frontage road that leads to a privately operated sports tourism park is an expensive misappropriation of important taxpayer dollars that will ignore the needs and concerns of local residents.

The 2014 budget fails to address a critical shortage in fields within the growing Wesley Chapel corridor. For the past several years overcrowding of practice and game fields at the Wesley Chapel District Park has led to unsafe playing conditions that increase the likelihood of injury to athletes and spectators alike. Obviously children and athletes cannot play sports in the middle of a $3.7 million frontage road.

In addition, the proposed budget creates a $840,000 negative balance in the central zone parks impact fee facilities fund. If the 2014 budget is passed in its current form, the deficit will take 31/2 years to recuperate. This is far too long to provide for the current and future needs of this community, and it will do a great disservice to residents in central Pasco.

County staff and elected officials should consider alternative proposals with a balanced approach to both parks and tourism that better meets the needs of our residents.

Jeffrey Olsen, Wesley Chapel

Lost jobs are sad fact for county

I was saddened to read that the FreightCenter was leaving Pasco County, taking 150 employees out of Pasco and creating another 50 new jobs in Pinellas County because of the prohibitive cost of expanding in Trinity.

I would think with all the empty commercial business space in Pasco County that a viable alternative in the county could have been identified to prevent this loss of jobs. The loss of this business in Pasco County does not speak well to the ambitious goals of the Board of County Commissioners, working with the Pasco Economic Development Council, outlined in "The Harbors West Market Redevelopment Plan."

I would ask specifically what commissioners are going to do going forward to stop the migration of employment out of Pasco County. Clearly what they are doing currently is not working because the reality is that 200 jobs have left the county.

Ken Savich, Holiday


Monday’s letters: Driverless cars on perilous roads

Driverless cautions | March 23, commentaryDriverless carson perilous roadsHaving watched the video of the tragedy in Tempe, Ariz., I believe the police are correct. This accident could not have been avoided as the pedestrian stepped out of the sh...
Published: 03/23/18

Friday’s letters: Think through assault weapons ban

Gun controlThink through assault rifle banI recently emailed a Florida state representative who had pledged, among other things, to ban assault rifles in the state. I asked him if he would ban the sale and transfer of these guns or ultimately make th...
Published: 03/22/18

Saturday’s letters: Tax guns to pay for security

Million-dollar questions | March 21Tax firearms to pay for securitySo public officials are wondering where they’ll get the money for stationing an armed guard in every school. How about heavily taxing every gun? It’s the proliferation of the weap...
Published: 03/21/18
Updated: 03/23/18

Thursday’s letters: School safety requires funding

Constitution Revision CommissionSchool safety requires fundingThe Constitution Revision Commission should consider amending a proposal (45, 93 or 72) to allocate the necessary recurring funding for the new school safety mandates, separate from the ba...
Published: 03/21/18

Wednesday’s letters: Let the teachers decide on guns

Trump touts arming staff as key in plan for school security | March 12It’s the teacher’s call on weaponsPlease, let’s try an alternate view about guns in the classroom. First, it hasn’t gone unnoticed that the preponderance of letters about guns ...
Published: 03/20/18

Pasco Letters to the Editor for March 23

Re: Residents object to solar farm | March 16, storyLakeland Electric has shown that residential customers can be incentivized to allow placement of utility-owned solar panels on their roofs. Likewise, business owners can be incentivized to allow...
Published: 03/19/18

Tuesday’s letters: It shouldn’t be this hard to fly

Tampa International AirportIt shouldn’t be this hard to flyI’ve given the train two tries now from economy parking at Tampa airport. It’s a lot of work. How silly to go down one bank of elevators, then take a good walk to the next set of elevators to...
Published: 03/19/18

Monday’s letters: Protect Floridians’ right to privacy

People push for changes at Constitution hearing | March 14Protect Florida’s right to privacyI attended the Constitution Revision Commission’s public hearing at USF St. Petersburg last week. I was there because I thought it was important to have m...
Published: 03/18/18

Sunday’s letters: Effort to stem pet cruelty pays off

Puppy millsEffort to stem cruelty pays offThank you to everyone who contacted their legislators, and a huge shout-out to the Tampa Bay Times for letting us know that state legislators were considering a bill to eliminate the hard-achieved gains on lo...
Published: 03/17/18

Saturday’s letters: Insurer focused on repairs, not fees

Citizens hit with $12.7M verdict | March 15Insurer’s focus: repairs, not feesCitizens Property Insurance Corp. has spent the past several years making sure that insurance proceeds for sinkhole repairs are used to restore a home and make it whole....
Published: 03/16/18