Beach dispute strained by ropes | story, Nov. 20
Ropes may lead to more problems
If you buy along the beach, your land is subject to beach erosion and can alter how much frontage is yours at any given time due to high tides, storm surges and other environmental actions.
If these homeowners wish to limit the public's access, perhaps taxpayers should pay zero percent of their share of the next beach renourishment projects along their property and levy an assessment to the homeowner for 100 percent of their share.
Also, add in someone who then trespasses along the waterfront and falls, due to negligence of holes, uneven sand, etc. Will they then be allowed to sue the property owner?
Just wondering. Seems privacy should dictate a much higher price.
Robbin Hogan, Clearwater
Biltmore rehab visions crumble | story, Nov. 17
Again, history loses to money
Once again, a proud icon of our local history is being sacrificed for condos and townhomes.
Clearwater did it with the old Calvary Baptist Church building, and the tower that went up on the site is a blight and an eyesore.
It looks as though Belleair is craving a few eyesores of its own. They must have been feeling left out. Surely we can do better than this.
Brandt DeForrest, Clearwater
Sheriff: Get a DUI, lose job story, Nov. 12
Don't put the cart before the horse
Let me get this straight. Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri proclaims that the next employe in his department charged with a DUI will be fired.
Whatever happened to innocent until proven guilty?
As the top law enforcement officer in the county, he should know better.
John Waitman, Palm Harbor
Church of Scientology
Church operates as a business
As a seasonal Clearwater homeowner, I find the continuing attempts to accommodate the demands of our largest business/religion a saga of hurt feelings, unreasonable demands and a denial of practices that have historically been part of American business culture.
Subterfuge, extortion, infiltration, intimidation, espionage and secret-keeping have been accepted business practices since our country's founding.
While those practices have theoretically been addressed by the passage of laws, they remain acceptable if you can get away with them. Wrap the invincibility cloak of religion around those practices and you have a business/religion that should be celebrated and welcomed into our community.
When I returned to Clearwater this year, I saw the tent and thought that a circus was in town. While my perception was accurate, the response by the city of Clearwater was not warranted.
The fact that city officials were not invited to the party, trees cut down, a colorful wrap applied to the tent, public streets and sidewalks closed, should not generate negative community feelings toward Scientology.
They are simply applying a simple cost/benefit/risk analysis to their very successful business model.
John Mason, Clearwater