Saturday, April 21, 2018
Letters To The Editor

Letters: creating options for Al Lang space

Exploring the options for aging Al Lang stadium | editorial, May 15

Shift venues to suit all

In light of the news about how Al Lang Field is in dire condition, let's hope that we can honor the past and move forward at the same time! Spring training is gone forever in St. Pete and we need more waterfront park space. Extending Straub Park and Beach Drive will result in more positive growth and aesthetics for our waterfront.

An homage to spring training history here can be captured in a sculpture in Straub Park South! The exhibit at the history museum can be expanded! The Saturday Morning Market in the parking lot can be moved to the Vinoy Basin area, as recommended by the Urban Land Institute.

The occasional baseball games held at Al Lang can occur at the Trop. The Rowdies could occupy Al Lang solely until a new soccer stadium at the site of the Trop is built for this truly global sport of futbol!

There is room for everyone and a little give-and-take on everyone's part ensures this!

Jeannie Cline, St. Petersburg

Move Rays, use Trop space

Let's not revisit the same confusion that plagues our iconic St. Petersburg Pier. Perhaps the community should consider a greater purpose for our land use. As I understand it, the Tampa Bay Rays are interested in a new stadium. There is land available near Interstate 275 to accommodate that and centralize the team in the bay area. Al Lang Field's iconic status rests in history, not location. So maybe Tropicana Field could be considered as a location for a refurbished baseball/soccer venue. Incorporating parking and business/residential options might make that a more fiscally viable alternative as well. Creating green space on the existing site, extending Beach Drive, and promoting a waterfront on the bay, would also have the positive impact of promoting the new BayWalk/Sundial venue too. Nestled between USF St. Petersburg downtown and an art/museum-friendly waterfront, that alternative would promote a more pedestrian-friendly region in the process. I see this as an opportunity, not a challenge.

CJ Gerber, St. Petersburg

Transit wishes | May 11

The pro-transit tax group

Thank you for your article on Pinellas' pro-transit tax group. Once again you have clearly outlined the destructive alliance of big business, big government and big bucks.

Hopefully voters and taxpayers, who always get stuck for big boondoggles that make utilities, politicians and special interests rich at their expense, will step up in November and shut that down.

Maureen Zilles, Largo

Solving downtown gridlock

After dining on the coast last evening, we decided to head to downtown St. Pete for drinks and dessert. To our delight, downtown and the waterfront were packed with people, many walking around Beach Drive and also doing what we wanted to do, patronizing the sidewalk cafes. To our dismay, there was virtually no available parking and the traffic moved at a snail's pace. Idling cars on Beach Drive were spewing car exhaust to all the diners and pedestrians, creating a real blemish on an otherwise pleasant and exciting scene.

We started talking about how great it would be to hop on a real streetcar at a western transit terminal at Pasadena and Central avenues. St. Pete's definitive, historic, and grand Central Avenue is the ideal location for this line. Then to be able to hop off and walk to various destinations downtown and on the waterfront would be awesome. Parking would be a breeze at the western transit terminal as there is ample land there to build lots.

Visitors from Tampa also came to mind as a public ferry line from the Channel District to our waterfront would create favorable conditions for our sister city residents, just as a streetcar line would here. Isn't it about time that these aesthetic and practical modes of public transit are considered here? The Pier, in whatever form, would be an ideal station for both a ferry and a real streetcar.

Hop on board, St. Pete, and create a truly aesthetic and functional public transit system. We have outgrown relying on trolley buses and it would be so costly to add more parking garages downtown, even if we could find the room.

Ivylyn Harrell, St. Petersburg


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