Saturday, April 21, 2018
Letters To The Editor

Letters: Clearwater Beach parking fees take residents for granted

Clearwater Beach parking

Clearwater takes locals for granted

I want to thank the city of Clearwater for taking our beaches, sunsets and relaxation away from the locals — the people who pay dearly to live in Clearwater, the ones that support the beach on an annual basis.

We used to love to go down to the beach, have a nice dinner, watch the sunset and walk the beach to close out the evening. We could also tour Pier 60 and support our artists and mix with our visitors, but our great city has increased parking fees to $3 per hour with a five-hour maximum. They also cut off free parking after 6 p.m. when the locals actually enjoy the beach.

Great move for our taxpayers, the people who pay taxes year around and support our city.

I refuse to pay $15 for parking to go to our beach for an evening to support our local restaurants and retailers. (Wait times are sometimes over an hour and at least an hour before you get done with dinner.)

I will spend my evenings and money elsewhere — Dunedin, Tarpon Springs, St. Pete. Just a few.

Bill Crumley, Clearwater

Sponge Docks have no solutions in dispute editorial, June 6

Put Tarpon funds to good use

It seems that three years and $300,000 later, the project to modernize/improve the Sponge Docks has been blocked due to complaints from a vocal minority.

Now Tarpon Springs has over a million dollars available for improving other parts of the city, so why not move ahead and use this money to make this area more appealing to businesses, tourists and residents?

For years, I've been begging city officials to improve Alt. U.S. 19, which is in danger of becoming "the other U.S. 19" with its unattractive signs, treeless strip malls and dilapidated structures. Specifically, I'm highlighting the area between Martin Luther King Jr. Drive and Klosterman Road. Well, maybe this unexpected windfall will help.

To quote an old and wise saying: "Yesterday is history, tomorrow a mystery, but today is a present!" We now have an opportunity to move forward for the benefit of all Tarpon Springs citizens. Why not take it?

Irene Prosser, Tarpon Springs

PSTA worker's reply riles critic | story, June 6

Twisting words influences voter

When deciding how to vote is difficult, analyze those attempting to influence you. Listen to or read their remarks carefully to understand what interests they serve and if they are the sort of person whose advice you respect. Someone who entices another to say something to be twisted to mean something else has helped me decide to vote for Greenlight Pinellas. Thanks, Tom Rask, your entrapment solved my dilemma.

Bud Tritschler, Clearwater

Clearwater aquarium

Put new facility at Harborview site

Tell me again, why are we demolishing Clearwater City Hall? It is a beautiful building on a lovely site with ample parking that is often used by patrons of the newly opened Capitol Theatre. Citizens of Clearwater can point with pride to their City Hall, easily accessible to all. And we are going to tear it down to erect a tourist attraction?

Why not use the Harborview Center site for the new aquarium? This would save the demolition and relocation of City Hall. Presently, the parking lot behind the Harborview is rarely used. This solution seems so obvious one has to wonder why our politicians have a different plan. Will the citizens of Clearwater benefit, or will the politicians?

Marianne Morgan, Clearwater


Saturday’s letters: Don’t weaken rules on fisheries

Florida fisheriesDon’t weaken rules on fish stocksMembers of Congress are proposing changes to an important ocean law, the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, that would adversely affect coastal states including Florida.Since it...
Published: 04/19/18
Updated: 04/20/18

Friday’s letters: We owe it to our children to teach them history

If we don’t understand past, future looks grim | April 19, Daniel Ruth columnThe history we owe our childrenIt’s not often I agree with Daniel Ruth, but this article was spot-on. I’m not sure when the schools started ignoring Germany’s World War ...
Published: 04/19/18

Thursday’s letters: Gun research can save lives

Gun ownershipCommon ground: Find the factsThere are many areas in the current debate about guns and gun ownership where both sides must agree to disagree. But there is one area where common ground ought to exist. That concerns the need for continuing...
Published: 04/18/18

Wednesday’s letters:

Poverty and plenty in bay area | April 7, editorialStruggling poor are not a priorityI commend your newspaper for continuing to produce real and relevant news, particularly the recent editorial pointing out that a prospering Tampa Bay should not ...
Published: 04/16/18
Updated: 04/17/18

Hernando Letters to the Editor for April 20

Bar Association celebrates Law WeekPresident Dwight D. Eisenhower proclaimed May 1, 1958, as the first Law Day to mark the nation’s commitment to the rule of law. Every year on this day, we reflect on the significance of the rule of law and rededicat...
Published: 04/16/18
Updated: 04/17/18

Tuesday’s letters: Stop cooperating with ICE

Sheriff’s ICE policy blasted | April 10Pinellas should end partnership with ICEPinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri recently participated in a community conversation on his controversial agreement with ICE to voluntarily detain immigrants in the...
Published: 04/16/18

Sunday’s letters: The future of oyster production

Shell game | April 15Future of oyster productionThanks to Laura Reiley for an excellent synopsis of the current state of oyster production in Florida. The collapse of the Apalachicola oyster fishery is merely the latest example of the demise of a...
Published: 04/14/18

Monday’s letters: Public education is foundation of the nation

Voters beware of ballot deceptionApril 13, commentarySchools’ role underminedIt was with great pain that I read (not for the first time) that we must be aware of "ballot deception." Public schools were founded to make sure that future generations of ...
Published: 04/13/18

Saturday’s letters: Health Department should butt out

Judge: Grow pot, Mr. Redner | April 12Health officials should butt outThe Times reports that the Florida Department of Health filed an appeal to the decision allowing a man who is a Stage 4 lung cancer survivor to grow pot in his backyard for his ...
Published: 04/11/18
Updated: 04/13/18

Friday’s letters: Open and shut: Enforce the law

Sheriff’s ICE aid policy blasted | April 10Open and shut: Enforce the lawPeople and institutions that insist on the using the euphemism "undocumented immigrant" do nothing but affirm their lack of objectivity by using such a phrase to support an ...
Published: 04/11/18
Updated: 04/12/18