Tuesday, November 21, 2017
Letters To The Editor

Letters: The pros and cons of a new Clearwater Beach garage


Beach garage: That's the ticket | story, March 23

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Clearwater Mayor George Cretekos and the City Council have signed a letter of intent to build a proposed six- to eight-story parking garage behind Pelican Walk Plaza at Mandalay Avenue and Baymont Street in Clearwater Beach. Michael Connor, CEO of the Paradise Group, who recently purchased this property, wants to begin work on the garage as soon as September.

While parking is a big problem in Clearwater Beach during busy times of the year, the traffic problems are worse. Residents and tourists alike spend countless hours sitting in gridlock. Emergency vehicles have difficulty getting through this terrible traffic.

A traffic and impact study must be done before funds are allocated to begin this project in order to determine if this is the best spot or size for the parking garage, as its location feeds onto narrow streets and a nearby traffic circle which are already clogged with traffic.

Also, in consideration for the residents/taxpayers of Clearwater Beach in the vicinity of the proposed garage (including the three large condominiums Mandalay Beach Club, Sandpearl and Belle Harbor), the City Council should mail letters inviting them to a public meeting in April to discuss the proposed parking garage, how traffic will be addressed/improved and offer them an opportunity for input.

Rather than acting in haste, let's develop an intelligent, comprehensive master plan that incorporates the best solutions to the parking problem, gives a nod to the thousands of residents who call Clearwater Beach their home, preserves nature, and find ways to improve the flow of traffic for tourists and residents, while including a plan for an interesting mix of vendors, not just bars and loud music!

Hopefully, too, with the beautiful renovation of the Capitol Theatre, downtown Clearwater, with proper planning, can thrive again.

Gwen Douse, Clearwater Beach

Beach garage: That's the ticket | story, March 23

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About time! Hooray for the City Council members who are looking to the future for residents and visitors to busy Clearwater Beach!

As a longtime resident of Clearwater, I am excited to see progress on a parking solution and not just any short-term solution.

I frequent the Beach Walk and Mandalay areas and am employed at a beach business. I encourage you to plan for the future Poinsettia and Eastshore projects and the projected growth in the same area.

Gregory Tyillian, Clearwater

Sponge Docks plan on rocks story, March 26

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I am with the Tarpon Springs city commissioners. Put in the lights and landscaping, especially the trees that have leaves in the summer heat and are bare in the winter.

Forget the small amphitheater, the walkway over the river, and especially the brick streets. The brick streets in town now cannot be properly maintained. Drive down the end of W Park Street between Roosevelt and N Spring, then turn on Read Street and experience what I mean — and this is the most current installation.

Then, send a bill to the architect and engineering firms for wasting tax dollars.

Bill McLaughlin, Tarpon Springs

Church, city hall clear the air story, March 22

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It took me a few days to get over Clearwater Mayor George Cretekos' giddiness at, as he put it, having "face time" with David Miscavige, the leader of the Church of Scientology. One would hope that Clearwater's leader would be a little more mature and a lot less in awe of Mr. Miscavige. It is no wonder that the Church of Scientology shows so little respect for Clearwater.

As an example of too little to late: Mayor Cretekos and the other leaders of Clearwater failed to act on a choice property across from the library, and of course the Scientologist purchased it, thus gaining more leverage on our city.

Perhaps someday Clearwater will have leadership that understands that the Church of Scientology has no regard for what is good for Clearwater and is only focused on its agenda.

To think any other way is showing weakness and lack of resolve to try to enhance Clearwater to make downtown more than the campus for the Scientologists.

R. E. Padgett, Clearwater


Tuesday’s letters: Disgraceful tax proposals

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Published: 11/20/17

Monday’s letters: Doctors should speak up on harassment

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Published: 11/17/17

Saturday’s letters: Reservoir project off to a good start

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Published: 11/15/17
Updated: 11/17/17

Sunday’s letters: Roundabout way to help the rich

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Published: 11/15/17
Updated: 11/17/17

Friday’s letters: Stop laying blame on teachers

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Published: 11/15/17
Updated: 11/16/17

Pasco Letters to the Editor for Nov. 17

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Published: 11/15/17

Dollars need to stay at home if south Brooksville is to survive

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Published: 11/14/17
Updated: 11/18/17

Wednesday’s letters: Generosity makes all the difference

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Published: 11/13/17
Updated: 11/14/17

Monday’s letters: Moore is not fit for public office

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Published: 11/10/17
Updated: 11/13/17

Monday’s letters: Don’t fall for the tax cut ruse

Tax billDon’t take your eye off the ballThe rush is on. The Republican Congress is rushing to pass a modest tax cut for the middle class while giving corporations a massive tax cut. While taking away some of the tax deductions from ordinary taxpayers...
Published: 11/10/17