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Letters: Council of North County Neighborhoods an advocate for North Pinellas residents

Group a champion for north county

Two years ago, I read about an East Lake group trying to get some help obtaining a traffic light from Pinellas County. The East Lake area was booming and traffic was getting dangerous. There was a call for unity, as it appeared the county officials were not listening to a few people way up in North Pinellas County. I wanted to get involved.

At the time, I was a member of my own subdivision's homeowners association and only wondered why the Pinellas Trail wasn't connected to the East Lake side and why the East Lake Library was so small. Like most, I looked to maintaining my home's value and making sure I could be proud of my own neighborhood.

I am now second vice president of the Council of North County Neighborhoods and extremely proud of what we are doing for the residents of North Pinellas. Within the last two years we have held two candidate forums and conducted numerous informative presentations covering a range of topics affecting north county residents.

CNCN board members meet with each Pinellas County commissioner once a month to discuss CNCN members' concerns, from allocation of tax dollars to coyote safety. Just last month, CNCN hosted a very successful town hall meeting with almost all of the Pinellas County commissioners participating by answering questions from our members.

Gone are the days of handing the tax bill to the next owner as in the boom days of real estate buying and selling. Most of us will be neighbors for a long time to come. We all have to look out for each other, protect what we have, and look to make North Pinellas the very best place to live.

The mission of CNCN is to bring together north county neighborhoods, to promote communication and cooperation, to foster a sense of community, to provide a forum for member organizations, and most important, to act as a neighborhood advocate and bring a common voice to state and county government. What is important to the people of North Pinellas County is important and actionable for CNCN.

We now have almost 14,000 community association residents as members. CNCN's next meeting is scheduled Monday at 7 p.m. at the Crescent Oaks Country Club, 3300 Crescent Oaks Blvd., Tarpon Springs. The meeting will feature a 2009 legislative session debriefing by state Rep. Peter Nehr.

Ron Schultz, East Lake

Consolidation can save money

I have been following your articles on the consolidation of city services. City and county income will continue to drop next year as it has the last several years. We must anticipate that our future budgets mandate that we work together to share services in the very near future.

As the Belleair commissioner on the Fire Suppression Board, I made the recommendation that we negotiate with Largo to deliver our future fire services. Since Largo managed the Belleair Bluffs Fire Department for years, they know the people, equipment, properties, etc. Largo's fire marshals also know the Belleview Biltmore Resort the best. They helped the new Belleview Biltmore owner update the fire systems and greatly enhanced safety.

By working together, we can provide more efficient service to the area at a lower cost.

Tom Shelly, Belleair commissioner

Obama a sign of end times? story, June 6

Article didn't belong in paper

I am blown away that the paper permitted this article to be published. I am still shaking my head in bewilderment. Enough said.

Stacy Finstad, Clearwater

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Letters: Council of North County Neighborhoods an advocate for North Pinellas residents 06/10/09 [Last modified: Wednesday, June 10, 2009 6:35pm]
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