Incorporation delay right choice
The decision by the Florida Legislature to postpone any action on a bill to allow Palm Harbor to incorporate was appropriate. Now, in this time of lower expected revenues, we shouldn't be looking for ways to increase the bureaucracy of government with its need for more taxes. Personally, I know of no one who is asking for additional services other than those provided to us by the county. Many of us moved here to get away from the petty politics of most small cities.
As for the man who said he would go on a hunger strike until the vote is held, he hardly seems like the type of person we would want leading a new city. Hunger strikes are the tactics of monks and prisoners, not politicians.
Roger W. Gambert, Palm Harbor
Downtown Palm Harbor is perfect
I went to Palm Harbor last week. The downtown historic district in unincorporated Palm Harbor has never looked better. Beautiful. Very cool! Thank you, county commissioners.
Bob Snow, Clearwater
Proposed city purchase of the Weaver property in Dunedin
for new city park
The Dunedin mayor and commissioners will receive numerous accolades when everyone realizes that our leaders had the foresight to purchase the last remaining stretch of undeveloped coastline in Dunedin. Is new coastline forming? Will it ever get any cheaper? Never, ever again will a land deal such as this be available. Is plenty of parkland available?
Delightful Dunedin became even more so thanks to the foresight of a former City Commission that engineered the promotion of the downtown business district. The Pinellas Trail was embraced, reaching many areas, including part of what is now known as the Weaver property on Alt. U.S. 19 north of downtown.
It has been said that there is no need for more parkland in Dunedin, but there are only a few parks available for large family gatherings. Scottsdale offers an excellent walking trail, but it has no playground and only four picnic tables. Hammock Park is great for educational purposes, but it charges a high fee to reserve tables for large gatherings such as reunions. Edgewater Park is beautiful, but with limited facilities, there is very limited parking and some is at quite a distance — not appropriate for hauling picnic paraphernalia. Honeymoon Island State Park is available to those who can afford $5 a carload.
Weaver Waterfront Park would be a fantastic place for church picnics, arts and crafts shows, periodic flea markets, etc. Pedestrians would enjoy walking to and from our downtown. A friend suggested some form of rail transportation adjacent to the Pinellas Trail that would transport passengers to downtown and return to the park. I picture hay rides and special events for children, such as our old-fashioned Christmas held the first Friday in December. Let's think about restoring some sense of childhood to their lives.
All this costs money, but Dunedin's visionaries have spent money before, and the realization of what this property will be worth in, say, 10 years should validate the city's purchase of the Weaver property.
Mr. Weaver, what a huge legacy for you. Come on now, give! Residents and millions of visitors will be eternally grateful.
Best wishes to all involved in this endeavor.
Norma Middlecamp, Dunedin
Motorcyclist's death latest in a trend | story, March 31
All drivers should be accountable
Any traffic death is a tragedy. I've seen terrible behavior from both auto drivers and motorcycle drivers. There are some in my neighborhood who disregard their safety and those of pedestrians. The "Watch for Motorcycles" signs seem to be ubiquitous, as are moving motorcycles. They are on the sidewalks, between moving cars and on the shoulders of the road.
I believe it comes down to accountability. This year, a Largo police officer told me they can't catch or identify motorcycles. I never thought I'd hear police ceding the streets to anyone. I would like to see all vehicles in Florida identified with front and rear license tags with a white background and large black letters/numerals. Motorcycle tags should be the same size. I realize this is not a good look for the "crotch rockets," but vehicles should be identifiable.
After finding hair and skin on the edge of my rear view mirror, I am in the process of placing small cameras in my vehicle. This should help with accountability. It may not change behavior, but hopefully I can identify the responsible damaging party.
Ronald L. Skidmore, Largo