Monday, June 18, 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


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Monday’s letters: Skip those plastic bags and save the environment

To save our seas, overcome congressional apathy | Column, June 16Do your part and skip plastic bagsEvery day we read about the shame of our landfills and oceans filling up with plastic bags, yet most people don’t care. My wife and I always carry ...
Updated: 10 hours ago

White House defends splitting up families as ‘biblical’ | June 15The suffering of the childrenI am a mother and attorney with more than 20 years of practice living in Tampa. For the past three years, I worked as a magistrate in a Unified Family C...
Published: 06/14/18
Updated: 06/15/18

Saturday’s letters: Community-based care requires community involvement

Fix foster care, and do it quickly | Editorial, June 15Involve the community itselfWhile the detailed article about the scathing state review of Hillsborough County’s foster care problems touched on leadership, a critical point was not addressed....
Published: 06/14/18
Updated: 06/15/18

Friday’s letters: Freight trains are infrastructure that works in Tampa Bay

Railroads are infrastructure that worksFreight trains carry the loadCentral Florida is our state’s fastest-growing region. We’re on track to outpace South Florida’s growth 2-to-1 over the next several years. Great news for our local economy, but it n...
Published: 06/12/18
Updated: 06/15/18

Thursday’s letters: Charter schools aren’t the enemy

Don’t plug your ears when schools ask for tax | May 20, columnCharter schools aren’t the enemyAs an educator, I am astounded when I hear claims from school board members that charter schools take away funding from the local public school system. ...
Published: 06/12/18
Updated: 06/14/18

Wednesday’s letters: Trump’s words insult our Canadian visitors

Trade disputes torpedo G-7 summit | June 10Canadian visitors are owed apologyLike many Pinellas County residents, I’m pleased that we receive thousands of Canadian "snow birds" as part-year residents. Not only do they enhance our economy, but by ...
Published: 06/11/18
Updated: 06/13/18

Hernando Letters to the Editor for June 15

Opinion: Commissioners arrogant and incompetentMy wife and I live in Hernando County. As such, we are represented by a Board of County Commissioners where all the members manifest two common traits. Those traits are arrogance and incompetence.The arr...
Published: 06/11/18
Updated: 06/12/18

Tuesday’s letters: Fewer guns would reduce suicides

U.S. under suicide watch | June 8Fewer guns mean fewer suicidesIt is a fact that deserves more attention, but got only one sentence in the article about the U.S. "suicide watch:" "The most common method used across all groups was firearms." I spe...
Published: 06/11/18
Updated: 06/12/18

Pasco Letters to the Editor for June 15

New group to address real women’s issuesLast Saturday our Congressman Gus Bilirakis sponsored a "Woman’s Summit" at East Lake High School that was supposed to deal with women’s issues. Some topics covered were gardening, weight loss and quilting.Mayb...
Published: 06/11/18