The other side of the bicycle debate | Feb. 16 letter
Sharing road isn't priority
While it's tragic so many cyclists have died as a result of car accidents, and cyclists do share the road with autos, and autos certainly need to pay attention to them, I can understand the letter writer's sentiments.
Oftentimes, on early Saturday mornings, while traveling in Odessa along Patterson Road between Tarpon Springs Road and Race Track Road, you encounter a pack of at least 50 cyclists riding three or four abreast. Each cyclist I see has upscale equipment and attire so one would assume they are knowledgeable and know what they are doing.
However, riding three or four abreast would lead me to believe this particular group apparently simply does not care about sharing the road it is supposed to share.
David Stephens, New Port Richey
Road doesn't need widening
The Pasco County commissioners cannot approve a budget to hire new deputies, nor can they repave roads but they can spend millions of dollars to widen a 1.3 miles of Perrine Ranch Road.
People traveling have access to Seven Springs Boulevard via State Road 54 and further south they are widening Keystone Road in Tarpon Springs, which will have access to McMullen-Booth Road.
We don't need to widen Perrine Ranch Road.
Dan Quinn, New Port Richey
Re: Paving assessments
Paving fixes falling short
Pasco County needs to stop the bread-and-butter function of county government.
If the people would like to see their money at work, they need to go to Sun Ray Drive in Holiday and look at the cul-de-sacs. They are worse now than before the paving. We have a lot of standing water for days, weeds growing between the sidewalks and the new blacktop and even growing right through the new blacktop. They were supposed to fix bad sidewalks, but they did few and did them poorly.
We pay $150 plus 7.25 percent interest for 10 years. We were filling our own potholes and doing a better job. I can see why the county would need more money for filling potholes because they are on Sun Ray regularly filling the holes.
Nena Schnitzhofer, Port Richey
Deed restrictions too much
The Beacon Woods Association board of directors has presented a ballot to the homeowners that contains at least 19 deed restriction sections plus subsections. I cannot imagine one area of life and homeownership that has not been addressed by the board. It appears that every little thing that bothers someone on the board needs to be addressed by a deed restriction.
The excessive enforcement of deed restrictions has brought a lot of bad publicity on Beacon Woods. We need to make our community attractive to people who live in the Pasco community.
Deed-restricted communities were supposed to keep up the value of homes but many people today will not buy in a deed-restricted community. The days of deed restricted communities is over, especially in older communities.
If the board's authority was restricted to only the common areas, a lot of the friction would disappear. Let us all develop tolerance for our neighbors' taste and the realities of their lives.
Sue Martinson, Hudson