Saturday, March 24, 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: Driverless cars on perilous roads

Driverless cautions | March 23, commentaryDriverless carson perilous roadsHaving watched the video of the tragedy in Tempe, Ariz., I believe the police are correct. This accident could not have been avoided as the pedestrian stepped out of the sh...
Published: 03/23/18

Friday’s letters: Think through assault weapons ban

Gun controlThink through assault rifle banI recently emailed a Florida state representative who had pledged, among other things, to ban assault rifles in the state. I asked him if he would ban the sale and transfer of these guns or ultimately make th...
Published: 03/22/18

Saturday’s letters: Tax guns to pay for security

Million-dollar questions | March 21Tax firearms to pay for securitySo public officials are wondering where they’ll get the money for stationing an armed guard in every school. How about heavily taxing every gun? It’s the proliferation of the weap...
Published: 03/21/18
Updated: 03/23/18

Thursday’s letters: School safety requires funding

Constitution Revision CommissionSchool safety requires fundingThe Constitution Revision Commission should consider amending a proposal (45, 93 or 72) to allocate the necessary recurring funding for the new school safety mandates, separate from the ba...
Published: 03/21/18

Wednesday’s letters: Let the teachers decide on guns

Trump touts arming staff as key in plan for school security | March 12It’s the teacher’s call on weaponsPlease, let’s try an alternate view about guns in the classroom. First, it hasn’t gone unnoticed that the preponderance of letters about guns ...
Published: 03/20/18

Pasco Letters to the Editor for March 23

Re: Residents object to solar farm | March 16, storyLakeland Electric has shown that residential customers can be incentivized to allow placement of utility-owned solar panels on their roofs. Likewise, business owners can be incentivized to allow...
Published: 03/19/18

Tuesday’s letters: It shouldn’t be this hard to fly

Tampa International AirportIt shouldn’t be this hard to flyI’ve given the train two tries now from economy parking at Tampa airport. It’s a lot of work. How silly to go down one bank of elevators, then take a good walk to the next set of elevators to...
Published: 03/19/18

Monday’s letters: Protect Floridians’ right to privacy

People push for changes at Constitution hearing | March 14Protect Florida’s right to privacyI attended the Constitution Revision Commission’s public hearing at USF St. Petersburg last week. I was there because I thought it was important to have m...
Published: 03/18/18

Sunday’s letters: Effort to stem pet cruelty pays off

Puppy millsEffort to stem cruelty pays offThank you to everyone who contacted their legislators, and a huge shout-out to the Tampa Bay Times for letting us know that state legislators were considering a bill to eliminate the hard-achieved gains on lo...
Published: 03/17/18

Saturday’s letters: Insurer focused on repairs, not fees

Citizens hit with $12.7M verdict | March 15Insurer’s focus: repairs, not feesCitizens Property Insurance Corp. has spent the past several years making sure that insurance proceeds for sinkhole repairs are used to restore a home and make it whole....
Published: 03/16/18