Sunday, June 17, 2018
Letters To The Editor

Letters: Why is parking time so limited at Clearwater Beach marina?

Marina parking is inhospitable

After taking my wife out for an anniversary dinner at the Island Way Grill, we thought it would be nice to head to the beach for a short walk on the Beach Walk (paid for with our tax dollars), walk the docks at the Marina (also funded with our tax dollars) to look into fishing charters (our local fishermen) and check out the new construction being done at the marina.

Sounded like a great time. However, parking at the Marina is limited to a 30-minute time frame. Yep, 50 cents will buy you a maximum of 30 minutes! Thought the meters were trying to tell me it was 50 cents per half hour. Put in four quarters and bingo, 30 minutes max. This is just fantastic! Not only have they raised the parking on the beach lots to $3 per hour (maximum of five hours), but they have limited our visits to the Marina to 30 minutes.

Check out and get a bunch of permit explanations that say you can buy a residential permit (blah, blah, blah) that you can only use basically in the north beach — nowhere even close to the Marina, Beach Walk and Pier 60.

I don't understand why our "leaders" want to restrict Clearwater Beach from the residents that pay to support the area. How does anyone expect us to support the businesses that depend on us? Tourists come and go, but we are the force that keeps things going during the off season.

I would like any of our "leaders" to respond. I doubt that will happen.

Bill Crumley, Clearwater

A new retail power block, story | Aug. 22

With big retail comes congestion

One wonders what the people who make these zoning decisions are thinking. The intersection of Gulf-to-Bay Boulevard and Belcher Road was a problem before the Walmart Neighborhood Market opened and now the problem has gotten worse — not only at that intersection but also at the intersection of Belcher and Druid Road.

What do these people think is going to happen when you add a 240-unit apartment complex, a Wawa, a Starbucks, a Bob Evans and a Kauffman Tire? Good luck with that!

John Johnston, Clearwater

Tower construction may begin in Oct. | story, Aug. 22

Tower cost makes very little sense

So the county wants to rebuild the Wall Springs Park observation tower. Well, the original tower cost more than $300,000 to build not so very many years ago, according to the park's website. Now it is to be rebuilt for $870,000 — more than twice as much as the original cost. It had better be impressive.

Think what kind of home a resident could build here for nearly $900,000! If it is indeed a replica of the original, as the story said, county residents are getting an open, multistory structure made basically of timbers and pressure-treated wood. Were bids put out for this job? Companies that design and build docks, piers, seawalls and the like would come in a much lower cost, I would think.

Nearly a million dollars of taxpayer money — for a wooden tower — it doesn't make much sense to me.

Dave Hart, Clearwater


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

To save our seas, overcome congressional apathy | Column, June 16Do your part and skip plastic bagsEvery day we read about the shame of our landfills and oceans filling up with plastic bags, yet most people don’t care. My wife and I always carry ...
Published: 06/14/18
Updated: 06/15/18

White House defends splitting up families as ‘biblical’ | June 15The suffering of the childrenI am a mother and attorney with more than 20 years of practice living in Tampa. For the past three years, I worked as a magistrate in a Unified Family C...
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

Railroads are infrastructure that worksFreight trains carry the loadCentral Florida is our state’s fastest-growing region. We’re on track to outpace South Florida’s growth 2-to-1 over the next several years. Great news for our local economy, but it n...
Published: 06/12/18
Updated: 06/15/18

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

Don’t plug your ears when schools ask for tax | May 20, columnCharter schools aren’t the enemyAs an educator, I am astounded when I hear claims from school board members that charter schools take away funding from the local public school system. ...
Published: 06/12/18
Updated: 06/14/18

Wednesday’s letters: Trump’s words insult our Canadian visitors

Trade disputes torpedo G-7 summit | June 10Canadian visitors are owed apologyLike many Pinellas County residents, I’m pleased that we receive thousands of Canadian "snow birds" as part-year residents. Not only do they enhance our economy, but by ...
Published: 06/11/18
Updated: 06/13/18

Hernando Letters to the Editor for June 15

Opinion: Commissioners arrogant and incompetentMy wife and I live in Hernando County. As such, we are represented by a Board of County Commissioners where all the members manifest two common traits. Those traits are arrogance and incompetence.The arr...
Published: 06/11/18
Updated: 06/12/18

Tuesday’s letters: Fewer guns would reduce suicides

U.S. under suicide watch | June 8Fewer guns mean fewer suicidesIt is a fact that deserves more attention, but got only one sentence in the article about the U.S. "suicide watch:" "The most common method used across all groups was firearms." I spe...
Published: 06/11/18
Updated: 06/12/18

Pasco Letters to the Editor for June 15

New group to address real women’s issuesLast Saturday our Congressman Gus Bilirakis sponsored a "Woman’s Summit" at East Lake High School that was supposed to deal with women’s issues. Some topics covered were gardening, weight loss and quilting.Mayb...
Published: 06/11/18

Monday’s letters: Bring back the ferry, kick-start transit

Cross bay, but who’ll pay? | June 8Ferry could be a gateway to transitIt’s great news that St. Petersburg is committed to bringing back the world class cross bay ferry service. What a common-sense and practical thing to do in order to ease us int...
Published: 06/08/18
Updated: 06/11/18