Biltmore rehab visions crumble | story, Nov. 17
Bidding adieu to a former 'queen'
Several years ago my brilliant, sophisticated niece spent a night or two at the Belleview Biltmore Hotel while she attended a conference, after which she visited with us.
After salutations she said, "What a charming old dump. It should be demolished." I agreed, but explained how it was once the beautiful "queen of the gulf," with fabulous service and dining, surrounded by an empty waterfront with a protecting island and boats for fishing, as well as a fabulous golf course for its guests, and even a rail spur to deliver them almost to the door.
Nothing stays the same and now she's walled in by fancy condos, with nothing much to offer but grand memories. Commercial avarice and time have rendered her ugly and obsolete. So long old girl, it was nice to know you, but a little sad too.
Bud Tritschler, Clearwater
A salute to efforts of Cypress Woods
For the fourth year now, we have been so proud of the staff and the teachers at Cypress Woods Elementary, where they teach their children, from pre-K to fifth grade, about what our troops and our veterans mean to the freedoms of America.
This past Veterans Day, I was so proud to be a part of their tribute to our veterans, as well as to those who still serve. Every branch of the services was honored.
When the program was almost completed, the teacher (Mrs. Tsetsekas) called the students to the platform and each one presented us with a box (68) of needed items to be sent to our fighting men and women for Christmas. Many of the students even wrote letters of encouragement to our soldiers.
We need more schools with such high standards. It was truly a labor of love, as we packed each and every box for our troops.
Frances Glaros-Sharp, Clearwater
Council hears beach battle, story | story, Nov. 24
A tough sell for this taxpayer
Why should the taxpayers pay to maintain Scott Suarez's back yard? Does Mr. Suarez roping off a section of Clearwater Beach mean that he is going pay the refurbishing price after storms?
This will save me on taxes and insurance.
May B. Hall, Tarpon Springs