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North Pinellas Your Say letters for Dec. 11

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I have lived in the Clearwater area for about 50 years, and I used to drive to downtown Clearwater all the time: Publix at Cleveland Shopping Center, Maas Bros., Rophie's Shoe Store, Rutland's, John Baldwin, Pat Lokey, Colonial Bakery and Trickels Jewelry Store. They are all gone except Trickels.

Now, Clearwater has designed the downtown to become an obstacle course for traffic. The city has done everything possible to discourage shoppers.

On Tuesday, Dec. 3, I decided to venture back to downtown Clearwater, taking Cleveland Street through the Skycrest area from Belcher Road to Missouri Avenue. Wow, Clearwater has filled the road with pre-shrunk "middy" roundabouts! They are supposed to "calm the traffic." Well, they certainly work, because I did not see another car on the road. Apparently, the people who know about the roundabouts avoid the area completely.

From Missouri to Myrtle, Cleveland Street is narrow due to "islands" planted in the middle. Nothing to encourage the shoppers.

Then, I made a big mistake. I turned south on Ft. Harrison Avenue and tried to get past the Scientologist buildings. Something needs to be done by the Clearwater police to time the lights or re-route everyone away from Ft. Harrison. We had to wait for light changes several times before we could move because a van wanted to come out of one of the buildings.

Maybe a sign could be put up warning the drivers like they do with deer and bear signs.

Needless to say, I will not be returning to Clearwater. There is nothing there for me.

Margaret Hyde, Clearwater

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I live in Holiday and frequently visit the Sponge Docks in Tarpon Springs. This week I had friends from Canada and Greece visit me and we were going to spend the day on Dodecanese Boulevard as we usually do when they visit.

What a shock we were in for! We thought the place closed up! But further investigation showed us different. Oh, my, my, my. So sad. Where did everything go?

Whatever happened to the sidewalk appeal? We couldn't figure out what anyone is selling anymore. One big blur of storefronts. We had to glance in every store and what a chore it was. We are no longer teenagers and we can only take so many steps, you know. We can't enter all the stores.

We certainly did not feel welcome. All the charm is gone. We didn't even stay for lunch! So sad.

Who did this?

Barbara Hummel, Holiday

Bidding adieu to a former 'queen' | letter, Dec. 1.

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So this is how you treat a former queen. Off with her head! Just throw her away like a used paper towel after she's outlived her usefulness.

She could have had a face lift, as many belles do. But instead of renovating the historic Belleview Biltmore Hotel, folks have chosen to dump her. Just kill her off. What a shame.

My hunch is that some insurance companies would prefer to treat humans in the same manner. After all, it costs a lot of money to keep seniors alive, especially when all their original parts (organs) begin to wear out.

It's the end of an era as the Biltmore meets the Grim Reaper. Ah yes, it was great fun, but it was just one of those things.

JoAnn Lee Frank, Clearwater

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