Wednesday, May 23, 2018
Letters To The Editor

North Pinellas Your Say letters for Feb. 19

Trucks will use Bee Pond Road | story, Feb. 16

Shrewd move slips under radar

I read with great interest this article in Sunday's paper. I live on Bee Pond Road, but on East Bee Pond Road. What is not reported is the real story.

The story writes about a 40-acre parcel attached to Innisbrook that is commonly known as "Parcel F." The Times story about the development of this property focuses on the route construction vehicles would take. The Times reported that construction traffic was to use West Bee Pond Road.

Here's the real story: This parcel is almost landlocked. Innisbrook was either very clever or very foolish. I vote for clever. They no longer own the land, but they are protected by a Builder's Agreement between Innisbrook and a previous developer, where construction traffic cannot use Innisbrook roads.

This means that Innisbrook gets the benefit of new homeowners paying Innisbrook fees. The county gets the benefit of a larger tax base. And the surrounding community gets no benefit from the resulting construction traffic, the noise and the trash from the workers throwing their Slurpee cups and McDonald's wrappers out their truck windows.

Lest you think I am on the short end of this stick, think again. I do not live on West Bee Pond. I just think the real story needs to be told. The builder should be able to develop land he has purchased, but the Builder's Agreement should be overturned and the burden of construction should be on the entity that will gain the most — Innisbrook.

Suzanne Kroupa, Palm Harbor

Dunedin looking to woo development downtown story, Jan. 19

Slow down and get the facts

I have not made up my mind whether or not I favor the proposal to eliminate 50 percent of the Land Development Ordinance fee for projects in the Community Redevelopment Area (CRA). I can see both pros and cons for it.

Estimating the net benefit involves quantitative judgments. It appears that the City Commission has already made up its mind to move forward on this proposal without presenting historical data on the functioning of the LDO.

I understand that Bob Hackworth has asked for these data but none have been forthcoming. As a professional economist, I can't imagine ever advocating the (partial) elimination of a revenue source without presenting the historical data on its performance.

I am also puzzled as to why the commission is pushing this change before the upcoming parks and recreation strategic plan is made public.

Due diligence requires the collection, analysis and public discourse regarding the LDO data. Surely it would not be difficult to gather the historical time series of land dedicated and the fees paid in lieu of land under the LDO and the factors in the underlying formula used to calculate them. The data should be segregated between projects within and outside of the CRA.

If your staff is too busy to provide this information, I would be happy to bring my laptop to your offices and work through the files under staff direction to compile the data.

Having the relevant data will not necessarily reveal an obvious yes-or-no decision on this issue, but should the City Commission continue to push toward ratification without presentation of the relevant quantitative data, they risk, at best, accusations of negligence and at worse that they are trying to hide something.

John R. Stewart Jr., Dunedin

Thank you for your service

Dunedin City Commissioner Ron Barnette will not be running for another term. Dr. Barnette wanted to serve his city and provide positive direction and change. No personal agenda, no aspirations for fame or glory, just a deep desire to do his part in the city he loves.

Thanks for your commitment and six years of public service. You have done what you set out to accomplish, making your town just a little bit better for the rest of us. Thanks Ron.

Bill Coleman, Dunedin


Thursday’s letters: Heated chemotherapy won’t treat most ovarian cancers

Heated chemotherapy has promising results | May 16Cancer treatment not a cure-all While we were pleased to see the story about ovarian cancer treatment, we are concerned that the article could mislead many patients. The treatment described has be...
Updated: 7 hours ago

Wednesday’s letters: A princess gives us a lesson to live by

Royal treatment | May 21Princess offers advice for us allThe radiant and joyful Princess Anna Noela Lokolo of the Democratic Republic of Congo, recent Eckerd College graduate, has given us a huge gift in her parting words. "If people have a negat...
Published: 05/21/18
Updated: 05/23/18

Hernando Letters to the Editor for May 25

Re: Central High School bomb threat suspect to be tried as adult | May 4Angry mob rhetoric not helpfulWe have observed the public discourse surrounding the case of Mizella Robinson with increasing unease. A sampling of the more common sentiment...
Published: 05/21/18
Updated: 05/22/18

Pasco Letters to the Editor for May 25

Re: Proposed TECO Solar Plant Opposed to the TECO solar plantAs a 21-year resident and property owner, I am writing in opposition to the proposed Tampa Electric Company solar plant in rural northeast Pasco County.The solar plant will be .2 miles from...
Published: 05/21/18
Updated: 05/22/18

Tuesday’s letters: If you don’t like the Electoral College, then amend the Constitution

The popular vote | May 20, letterIf you don’t like it, amend ConstitutionA recent letter supports the idea that a state should be able to change its Electoral College vote to match that of the national popular vote winner as opposed to the result...
Published: 05/21/18
Updated: 05/22/18

Monday’s letters: Focusing on the mental state of shooters misses the point

Texas high school shooting | May 18Criminals, angry people kill peopleSchool shootings are a distinctly American phenomenon. But shootings by people with serious mental illness represent less than 1 percent of all yearly gun-related homicides in ...
Published: 05/19/18
Updated: 05/21/18

Friday’s letters: Putnam and Publix, two P’s lose my nod

Publix pours cash to Putnam | May 17A pleasure to shop elsewhereMy family and I moved to Tampa in 1974, and have made Publix our favorite grocery store ever since. Forty-four years! That is why it makes me a little sad to have to say goodbye.Firs...
Published: 05/18/18

Saturday’s letters: For Florida to move forward, focus on a healthy and sustainable environment

Tampa’s future is bright | May 12Protect Florida, boost economyThis past year, Florida set another record-breaking year for tourism, welcoming more than 116 million visitors. While Florida boasts a unique quality of life and more than 1,300 miles...
Published: 05/16/18
Updated: 05/18/18

Sunday’s letters: What conservatives stand for

How can conservatism survive after Trump | May 13, Nickens columnhed#6324 I think it obvious that traditional conservatism was squeezed out of the 2016 campaign narrative and has become a niche thesis owned by a small group of intellectuals. A gr...
Published: 05/16/18
Updated: 05/18/18

Friday's letters: Putnam and Publix, two P's lose my nod

Publix pours cash to Putnam | May 17 A pleasure to shop elsewhere My family and I moved to Tampa in 1974, and have made Publix our favorite grocery store ever since. Forty-four years! That is why it makes me a little sad to have to say goodbye. F...
Published: 05/16/18
Updated: 05/18/18