Saturday, May 26, 2018
Letters To The Editor

Letters: Dade City shortchanges African-American community

Black community still overlooked

The Dade City African-American community will not be fooled by an attempt to remove the sewage treatment tank from our neighborhood. If they were serious, it would have happened in 2009 and the community would have been treated with respect by proper notification.

The commissioners want the treated wastewater for big corporations. Why not put it near them? Let them enjoy the smell and noise in their neighborhood.

The commission, as a rule over the years, never respects the African-American community. Therefore, commissioners taking a second look at the tank is a complete joke. The answer will be the same — no!

As I sit, listen and watch the commissioners, I see the 1940s and '50s attitudes toward the black community. "Who do you think you are to question our decision?'' "You make no decisions here.'' "We have said 'no' and that is final.''

That is the attitude of some of the commissioners. I will not waste any more time believing white males will do justice toward the African-American and Spanish communities.

Celestine Bush Stephens, Dade City

Wider SR 52 best evacuation plan

I have lived in New Port Richey for 31 years. During that time, I've witnessed Pasco awakening from a sleepy rural county, with many unpaved roads, to a burgeoning county, with unfortunately, many still-unpaved roads.

When the Suncoast Parkway was proposed to run from Hillsborough through Pasco, Hernando, and to end in Citrus County, many people were understandably concerned about the impact this project would have on our unique environment. I was gratified when it was decided to preserve the Serenova property, which abuts Starkey Wilderness Park, as mitigation for the impact the Suncoast Parkway would have on our environment and wildlife habitat.

When the subject of evacuation routes was raised, I was sure the county would choose to expand State Road 52 to six lanes as was done with SR 54. This would give Pasco County a second six-lane, east-west artery. Instead, the plan proposed to bulldoze the Serenova mitigation property, to build a road that will not serve the citizens well in time of a disaster. Why would this be considered? If people need to evacuate, they will need to move as quickly as possible. I suggest that the county choose to use $42 million set aside for the Ridge Road extension toward SR 52.

I like Pasco's branding "It's only natural." But, it is not natural to build a road through a land preserve. Do the citizens of Pasco County the most good by expanding SR 52 to a six-lane, east-west artery, creating a more efficient evacuation route.

Linda Bragg, New Port Richey

Don't build road through preserve

I do not want to see Ridge Road widened or extended at all. I live in the Highlands off Ridge Road and widening the road would be a nightmare to try to get on and off.

Spend some money and just have the road resurfaced instead of all the patch work. We have State Road 52 and it does not take that long to get to the Connerton development from SR 52. We also have SR 54/56. I think that's enough.

Leave the Serenova preserve alone. Enough damage has been done allowing our wetlands to disappear and now they want to threaten a preserve that has been set aside. Someone needs to look up the definition of "preserve.''

Sharon Sullins, New Port Richey


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Updated: 11 hours ago

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Published: 05/24/18
Updated: 05/25/18

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Published: 05/23/18
Updated: 05/25/18

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Published: 05/22/18
Updated: 05/24/18

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Hernando Letters to the Editor for May 25

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Published: 05/21/18
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Pasco Letters to the Editor for May 25

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Published: 05/21/18
Updated: 05/22/18

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Published: 05/21/18
Updated: 05/22/18

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Published: 05/19/18
Updated: 05/21/18