Thursday, December 14, 2017
Letters To The Editor

Letters: Let's also invest in northwest Pasco, not just southeast

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Let's also invest in northwest Pasco

Southern Pasco is booming along Interstate 75 and State Road 54/56 in Wiregrass, Trinity and Wesley Chapel. Recently $14 million was committed to help build a sports complex at Wiregrass Ranch. It's a very good thing. There are roads, bridges, in-demand residential and commercial construction. The environmental and wildlife impact of that growth is a fact of life, but there are many productive efforts to lessen that impact.

Now, looked at northwest Pasco along U.S. 19 in Hudson. We need the SunWest Harbourtowne and Pasco County park with a joint canal for boaters. Widen it. Deepen it. Plant the sea grass.

That park location with existing lagoons and lakes and beaches is spectacular. It's a breathtaking lake beach at the edge of the Gulf of Mexico. That park is our future. Without that project, we're losing jobs and homes. Our schools are suffering and we're sliding backward. Pasco County has the money to build the public park. Of course, developers will make money, but along with that comes jobs, growth and economic recovery.

I'd bring my kids and grandchildren to the park, but they moved because there are no jobs and no future here. We live in Hudson, but wife works in southeast Pasco. After 30 years right here in Hudson, she has to commute 100 miles round-trip a day because there is no work here.

Ask a random group of people what they like to do for relaxation or vacation and many will answer "go to the beach.'' Except the tourist tax collected on all our hotels is being spent at Wiregrass Ranch in southeast Pasco.

There will be a pretty sunset tonight at the park in northwest Pasco. Anybody see the irony?

Bill Cook, Hudson

Leaders need to take on Citizens

Citizens Insurance wants to take $350 million of the premiums we paid and give it to insurance companies so they can dump us. They announced a proposed 50 percent rate hike and scheduled the hearing in Miami.

Since 2011 when every one of Pasco's elected representatives, with the notable exception of Sen. Mike Fasano, voted to rewrite the sinkhole insurance legislation and remove the 15 percent rate increase cap related to sinkholes, homeowners have paid the price. Rates have skyrocketed, coverage decreased and the claim process became more difficult to accomplish the stated purpose of encouraging homeowners to drop their insurance. It is working, more and more homes are now uncovered.

In 2011, when the rate increase of over 200 percent was announced there was a public outcry and Fasano led a protest and the other state Legislators claimed they had no idea there would be such a large increase. Our legislators then joined in asking that rates be cut back. Gov. Rick Scott and his appointees to the Citizens board are oblivious to the hardships caused to homeowners. I hope that our legislators, fooled once in 2011, will stand up for the homeowners who have returned them to office. Reps. Will Weatherford and Richard Corcoran and Sen.-elect John Legg — join with Fasano and stand up for us.

The governor and his board are now disrespecting our elected representatives establishing major new policies without consulting the Legislature. They are bypassing our representatives to implement changes that hurt homeowners. It is time for Pasco's legislators to represent us, not the insurance industry.

Repeal the 2011 sinkhole legislation and return the 15 percent cap. Do something to stop Citizens from reducing our coverages, raising our rates, and using our premiums to support corporate welfare for insurance companies.

Lynn W. Lindeman, Hudson

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