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Letters: Golf club needs hospitality, not hostility

Dunedin receives a check, tweak | story, July 4

City could run the golf club better

For the Dunedin Country Club to come up with $107,000 all of sudden must mean they are not as poor as thought.

Why is it that this magnificent golf course does not do well financially?

I was a neighbor and played the course a few times while living there for 26 years. The club has no tennis courts, pool or other social attractions. It does not attract young people nor is it hospitable to those who are not members.

Hostility needs to be replaced with the hospitality and courtesy golfing people receive at high-class clubs. If they don't receive it, they don't go back. Many people have cited incidents and even some members have left because of a lack of cordiality.

The land, owned by the city, is worth millions but mainly just preserves some wonderful green space and a place for a few old codgers to hang out. (Same for the adjacent city-owned St. Andrews Links, also being subsidized by the average Joe Taxpayer.) Both should be preserved for all the people of Dunedin with a better plan for income growth management.

Henry L. "Harry" King, Clearwater

Club caters to longtime golfers | letter by Luke A. Halley, July 9

Younger members would help club

A very similar problem regarding membership recruitment occurred a number of years ago to the Clearwater Yacht Club.

However, the club was fortunate to have a very progressive, albeit an "older long-time" member by the name of Taver Bailey who knew that the continuation of the club could only happen with the infusion of new members.

He looked no further than the logical source: the Windjammers sailing group. They were young, adventurous and enthusiastic. I am happy to say that I was one of those new members and even worked re-creating the club's monthly newsletter.

Needless to say, some people do not accept change as easily as others. However, all these current members of the Dunedin Country Club sure do make nice neighbors! I am fortunate to have them as mine now. They have a great respect for personal privacy and how to cooperate. Give them a chance and don't sound so petulant! They are good people and will come around, just not immediately, perhaps.

I do want to thank David R. Pauley (Dunedin shifts position on club, July 9 letter) for a terrific history lesson that some of us badly needed. It was very informative.

Cindy Gamblin, Dunedin

Honoring America in song story and photos, July 7

Song, happy faces make celebration

I just wanted to say I thoroughly enjoyed seeing people having fun and singing and with such happy faces celebrating our country's freedom at the Oaks of Clearwater retirement center. It was a great feeling for me, since I helped fight for our country's freedom, and it's nice to know people celebrating our freedom.

It's not about fireworks and a big hooray. It's about people coming together like the American Legion did and putting on this event for people who looked like they really appreciated it. It's about a celebration of our freedom and knowing that freedom did not come free.

Robert Albert, Clearwater

Thanks for parade, Legion Post 238

We would like to congratulate the Auxiliary Unit of American Legion Post 238 Safety Harbor for their first Fourth of July Parade.

The many participants and the many viewers appreciate the celebration of our Independence Day and thank the auxiliary for its sponsorship. We just love to see "Old Glory" march by and the tribute to our veterans and the current armed forces. We love America!

Connie and Joe Murray, Clearwater

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