High cost, low quality water source
The residents of the Summertree community appreciate the Tampa Bay Times willingness to give voice to our anguish as we are forced to pay water bills each month that are twice as high as what other Pasco County residents pay. And our water is not nearly as good as theirs. Customers of Utilities Inc. of Florida have been meeting with management to try to convince them to improve our water — after more than 20 years of poor quality water — and to do so without raising our rates.
Imagine the shock we experienced when we learned that the same Utilities Inc. of Florida managers had hired lobbyists and were attempting to change the law to allow them not only to increase our rates faster, but to force us to pay those higher rates before improving our water.
We simply should not have to tolerate these exorbitant water bills every month! We are a 55-and-older community.
Ann Marie Ryan, New Port Richey
Online survey seeks your input
Pasco County government is launching its annual online citizens survey this weekend. We encourage all Pasco County residents to fill out the survey online by going to www.pascocountyfl.net. This will be just one of several tools the Board of County Commissioners will use to get direct citizen feedback to help prioritize program and budgetary issues for 2014-15.
There have been some previous letters and comments about the sampling size, albeit small, around 1,600, used by the National Citizen Survey. This is a separate survey, using many of the same questions, to provide the county commissioners with valuable citizen input and feedback. This survey uses scientifically proven research methods to sample a cross section of the population.
The online survey will remain open through May 31. If you receive a National Citizen Survey in the mail, I hope you will take the time to also fill it out so we can better understand the wants and needs of our Pasco County residents and businesses.
Michele Baker, Pasco County administrator
Audiences need to show respect
I am writing this letter to hopefully get to some of the most rude and inconsiderate audiences I have ever witnessed. I am a supporter of community theater and would like to see our productions respected. I have been to theaters in many of our states and in Europe, and never have I experienced what the audience does to the actors in our community.
In the past two months, I have been seated next to adults who have texted during the performance while seated in the first two rows. I also sat next to people also in the front row who have fallen to sleep and snored during the performance.
What is the matter with these people? The actors spend at least one or more hours trying to entertain us, and the audience has no respect. Remember the actors are not getting paid, they volunteer their personal time to give us a pleasant production. Why is it necessary to leave before the cast has come out to take their bow? Is it important to be the first car out of the parking lot?
I only hope this wakes up some people and they realize how fortunate we are to be able to enjoy community theater and I hope my experiences with community theater get more enjoyable.
Jane Gradl, Hudson
No support for elevated toll road
Pasco County citizens have rejected the proposal of a 33-mile elevated toll road extending through the middle of the most densely populated area of Pasco County.
Ananth Prasad, secretary of the Florida Department of Transportation, stated from the beginning that this project will not go forward without public support. There will never be public support for this project. An elevated toll road owned and operated by a foreign corporation and used only by those who can afford a very high toll is not needed.
More suitable locations are in less populated areas such as State Road 52, and the Ridge Road extension in Pasco County. SR 54/56 is lined with many beautiful residential developments containing thousands of homes, most of which are designated with current and projected emphasis on walkable communities, mass transit and conservation.
An elevated toll road will create unlivable conditions, sinkholes caused by years of pre-highway construction, traffic congestion, air and pollution and eventually urban blight created by people leaving their homes and businesses.
Patrick Knight, Land O' Lakes
FCAT schedule ignored Passover
When are we going to elect competent officials in public office? How can Pasco County School Board members not realize the dates of religious holy days and/or holidays no matter what religion they are?
As a parent and grandparent I am appalled that the School Board is acting in such a religiously insensitive manner by scheduling FCAT tests during Passover. Don't they look at a calendar before making their schedules?
Regina Mirabella, Hudson
Thanks for work at Beacon Square
I would like to express appreciation to the Beacon Square Civic Association and Pasco County for sponsoring the Great American Clean Up on April 12 in Beacon Square. We had 32 volunteers who picked up litter and we had numerous neighbors who expressed their support along the way. As a result, more than 25 bags of litter have been removed from the streets of Beacon Square.
I also would like to thank the businesses for donating water, prizes and snacks for the participants.
Karen Hauser, Holiday