Remaking west Pasco requires conviction | Feb. 14 editorial
West Pasco still has plenty to offer
The Times editorial on remaking west Pasco, which described the deterioration of many of the commercial and residential areas of that section of our county over the past 30 to 40 years, was right on. The future designation of this section as the Harbors is a good idea as well.
This is a reminder that there are many oases of quality already here. Attractive restaurants provide superb dining experiences. Some excellent stores make shopping a pleasure.
Other oases are communities in west Pasco with deed restrictions that require that owners keep their homes, condos, lawns, and landscaping well maintained. Beacon Woods, where I live, has 2,744 residences and an estimated population of 6,000. It is one of these communities. Vigilance, usually in the form of reminder letters, is sometimes needed, but homeowners and condo associations in Beacon Woods, along with the staff at our civic center, do their very best to keep everything attractive and enable us to maintain our designation as a bird sanctuary. Having an 18-hole golf course here is another plus.
Having lived in Pinellas County for 20 years before moving to west Pasco nine years ago, my wife and I also appreciate the relatively easy traffic flow here compared to highly congestive traffic in Pinellas. The population down there in a much smaller county geographically is about twice that of expansive Pasco County.
So Pasco residents count your blessings, as county commissioners hopefully move forward with a strategic plan to improve living, job opportunities, travel, shopping, and the environment in a dozen identifiable districts in west Pasco. Your commissioners need your support.
Michael Miller, Bayonet Point
One fatal night roars back | Feb. 10 article
Crash lawsuit not ridiculous enough
I just read the article about the lawsuit brought against the Sheffey Lane homeowners. I think the attorney has left money on the table and the suit should be expanded.
Here's a list of the additional defendants that should be included:
Pontiac — for not having a warning label that driving while under the influence could cause an accident.
Gas station — for no warning that if you plow a car into a tree at a high rate of speed the gas in the tank may catch fire.
The drug dealer — for no warning that taking the drugs and driving could result in serious injury.
God — for no warning that if you hit a tree that your body may be seriously injured.
It's no wonder attorneys are the brunt of so many jokes. I feel sorry for all of the good attorneys out there who work hard to protect peoples' rights and their innocence.
Bruce Edgar, New Port Richey