Utility levels park trees | June 3
Think before you cut trees, TECO
As a longtime visitor to Al Lopez Park, I am devastated by the damage done to the park by Tampa Electric because of "standards" set by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.
According to the article in the Times, "From Hillsborough Avenue south to W Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, oaks, palms and other varieties have been cut off a few inches above ground. The smallest had trunks a little bigger than the fat end of a baseball bat. But more than a few were decades old and much more grand."
Instead of rushing to clear-cut trees with what I consider ridiculously insufficient notice to the public, why not challenge the standards?
TECO could have gained some goodwill with the public by at least providing a facade of concern for saving the trees.
Also, who made the decision to run these massive power lines through the park in the first place? Is there never any foresight in Tampa? They should have been placed (or maybe moved) to the other side of the park, along Dale Mabry Highway, which has no large trees and is ugly already.
Cheryl Borman, Tampa
Bayshore's last days | June 5
Collaborate to offer parking
Bayshore Boulevard is the most visited park in Tampa. Now we learn that the only public parking lot on the Bayshore will be closing immediately.
I propose that the City of Tampa work with area businesses and entities with parking lots to work out a system where visitors to Bayshore could use their lots. There could even be a fee system for regular visitors. The money raised from the fee could be split between the institutions and the city. Easily identifiable and changeable signs in each of the parking lots could indicate when they are available.
City and county taxes go toward the upkeep of Bayshore.
Speaking as a resident of Bayshore Gardens, I say it would be a shame if only those who live nearby are able to enjoy it.
Elizabeth Corwin, Tampa
City focuses on Bro Bowl replica | May 25
Agreement needs to move forward
As an avid skateboarder in my younger days, traversing the gritty streets of Tampa was an exhilarating experience. The on-going battle between diehard skateboarding enthusiasts and the City of Tampa over replacing the skate park at Tampa's Perry Harvey Sr. Park must come to a resolution.
With four positive options offered by the city to resolve the lengthy struggle, and jump start the Encore project, one needs to be chosen so the beautification of a former blighted, yet historic area of downtown Tampa can finally begin to blossom.
Mike Merino, Tampa