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New St. Petersburg mayor should do away with some deputy mayors

Elston to keep role at City Hall Nov. 10, story

New mayor should cut some deputies

Why on earth would a small city like St. Petersburg need three deputy mayors? Each draws a salary that is basically the same as what the mayor himself earns.

Bill Foster was elected to run the city. If he needs three deputies, why do we need him?

Here's a chance for the new mayor to show some fiscal responsibility:

Save the city some much-needed money by lopping off two of those deputies, and taking on their duties.

Walter Staggs, St. Petersburg

An empty feeling at Mahaffey Nov. 11, editorial

Let Ruth Eckerd program Mahaffey

The Times editorial is 100 percent correct in its assessment of the failed programming effort at the Mahaffey Theater.

It is a beautiful venue and deserves better than the sorry attempt by the management company, SMG, to make it a "poor man's version" of the Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center. Please recall, however, that both Rick Baker and Bill Foster have praised the Broadway Series.

You suggest replacing SMG with a management company that understands our community. Didn't Robert Freedman of Ruth Eckerd Hall bid on the management job against SMG? They have a successful programming record, and they are part of our community.

When they were renovating Ruth Eckerd Hall, they placed the Gypsy Kings at Mahaffey. The theater was packed.

More "World Music," programmed by Ruth Eckerd, might be just the right mix with the Florida Orchestra. Give Freedman and Ruth Eckerd a chance when SMG's contract is up.

Hal Freedman, St. Petersburg

Water inspectors

It helps to know rules, jurisdiction

On the Monday after the change from daylight saving time, at 7:15 a.m., I was in my front yard adjusting my sprinkler system heads.

A small white car drove by, and the driver smiled and waved at me. I saw the sign Water Resources Department or something on the door. A couple of minutes later he was back and smiled and waved again as he drove by. This time I noticed that it was for the city of St. Petersburg.

So I was surprised a few days later when I received a citation for watering on the wrong day. The minimum fine would be $175 plus court costs.

There were a few problems with this. The first is that my residence is in unincorporated Pinellas County and not St. Petersburg. Also, according to county watering rules, I had my system running on the right day for my address and during the correct time of day.

Two phone calls cleared this up, although at first we were told that if we received a notice of violation, that it meant that our address fell within the city limits.

This could have all been avoided if the inspector had stopped and I could have told him he was out of his jurisdiction. A good map and knowing where he was might have helped.

The result of this is that I will never support the idea of being annexed by the city of St. Petersburg.

George Lear, Pinellas County

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New St. Petersburg mayor should do away with some deputy mayors 11/14/09 [Last modified: Friday, November 20, 2009 12:09pm]
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