Thursday, June 21, 2018
Letters To The Editor

Letters: Who's in charge of defining Pasco's identity?

Defining 'premier' and making it happen Oct. 20 editorial

Willing to help, nowhere to turn

Perhaps one of the main reasons why nothing of significance has been accomplished is because those in charge of making the decisions are politicians and, as such, have to answer to those with an agenda. However, I may be wrong. Politicians may not be involved, but who would know as it's never been made clear who's in charge of defining the county's identity.

I had assumed that the Pasco Economic Development Council was in charge, but when my numerous attempts to help fell on deaf ears, I began to think that this was not the case. I'm sure I'm not alone in being curious to know who are the decisionmakers?

I am still very motivated to help in some way and would like to know who to contact.

Larry Richards, Trinity

Expanding park makes more sense

The decision of Commissioner Pat Mulieri and the rest of the board to earmark park impact fees for a frontage road that has zero economic value where the proposed Fields at Wiregrass are to be constructed should be a troubling sign to business owners of the area.

Mulieri and the county commissioners are clearly sending a message that a road to nowhere has greater economic importance then expanding Wesley Chapel District Park to ensure the national lacrosse tournament, which generates revenue and tax dollars, does not leave Pasco County.

With $3.75 million of park impact facility fees and $3.5 million of tourist tax dollars, we could turn the district park into a premiere facility that can compete with regional facilities in hosting the lacrosse tournament beyond 2016.

This will guarantee dollars spent by visitors will be at local restaurants and hotels in the area.

The actions of the county commissioners tell business owners they see no economic value in a major expansion of the district park. This inaction will give promoters the option to move their lacrosse tournament and the accompanying revenue to another county when the agreement with Pasco County expires in 2016.

Anthony Perugini, Wesley Chapel


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Wednesday’s letters: Charters and traditional public schools each have their place

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Published: 06/18/18
Updated: 06/20/18

Tuesday’s letters: Keep programs that fight AIDS

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Published: 06/18/18
Updated: 06/19/18

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Published: 06/14/18
Updated: 06/18/18

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Published: 06/14/18
Updated: 06/18/18

Monday’s letters: Skip those plastic bags and save the environment

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Published: 06/14/18
Updated: 06/18/18

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Published: 06/14/18
Updated: 06/15/18

Saturday’s letters: Community-based care requires community involvement

Fix foster care, and do it quickly | Editorial, June 15Involve the community itselfWhile the detailed article about the scathing state review of Hillsborough County’s foster care problems touched on leadership, a critical point was not addressed....
Published: 06/14/18
Updated: 06/15/18

Friday’s letters: Freight trains are infrastructure that works in Tampa Bay

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Published: 06/12/18
Updated: 06/15/18

Thursday’s letters: Charter schools aren’t the enemy

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Published: 06/12/18
Updated: 06/14/18