New City Hall not a necessity
Let's see if I understand this. The city of Clearwater needs a new City Hall because the present one is about 50 years old and in need of some repair. This building is used maybe 10 hours per day five days a week on average.
Using this standard, probably 80 to 90 percent of the buildings in Clearwater need to be demolished because they are over 50 years old and in need of some repair. Homes on the average are used 24 hours per day seven days a week.
How many homes in the area are 75 to 100 years old? What about the apartments and condos that are more than 50 years old? I don't think this is going to happen. The main reason is it doesn't need to be done. In almost all cases, older homes are repaired and remodeled and will last for probably more than 100 years.
Commercial companies seem to have the same thoughts. A building more than 50 years old needs to be replaced. But these are profit-making companies that get all kinds of tax write-offs and benefits and still make money. But this is not the case for government buildings. The cost is not coming out of the officials' pockets except in the small amount of taxes they pay.
Of course, the argument will be it will help downtown Clearwater. For what? Clearwater is known for just one great thing and that is the beach. Yes, the dolphin movie seemed to help, but I bet most of the people going were on a side trip from the beach. Once the novelty of the movie wears off, so will the tourists.
Oh well, it is only taxpayers' dollars, which there seems to be plenty of.
John L. Blechschmidt, Clearwater
Leaders need to adjust attitudes
Citizens who go to meetings of County Commission, city councils, the Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority, the Metropolitan Planning Organization, etc., must face the fact the elected and/or appointed members of most of the official boards do not care what the citizens are saying in the gifted/censored two to three minutes they are allowed to speak.
To most of these board/committee members, listening or pretending to listen to the citizens speak is just a formality they must sit through. With their arrogant attitudes, they feel they don't have to answer, reply or even have a dialogue with the recognized citizen speaking.
Their arrogance is an indication that these elected or appointed individuals are not having the required attitude to represent anyone.
Walter Gay, Dunedin
Pier 60 play area: $440K story, April 17
Keep the 'circus' off the beach
Surely our Clearwater City Council is too wise to put another large amount of clutter on our gorgeous beach approach.
Our children grew up happily enjoying the sand and water without such distractions.
If one wishes for that kind of "circus," they go to Disney. Our sun, sand and water stands on its own — a most gorgeous sight.
If the council has $440,000 it just must spend, let it improve existing parks or parking access to the beach.
Henry L. King, Clearwater