Travel deals go nowhere
March 23, article
Investigation is going somewhere
We do not relish admitting we were taken when we joined Suncoast Vacation Travel Club to the tune of $4,949. Five days after signing the papers, we began to smell a rat. A week after signing the papers, we gathered enough negative information that we registered a dispute of the charge on our credit card.
We had no doubt we have been taken, just like hundreds of others across the United States. We were determined to take action, and since the travel club's presentations were taking place in a storefront on State Road 52 in Pasco, we called the Pasco Sheriff's Office, which offered no help.
We sent an e-mail to Sen. Mike Fasano with all the documentation we had gathered and our concerns that seniors and constituents in his district were being victimized. We promptly got a reply from Sen. Fasano that he had immediately sent our information to Attorney General Bill McCollum and to the St. Petersburg Times. The next morning, we received a call from the attorney general's financial investigator requesting a few details and informing us he would be in touch. Three days later, the Florida Attorney General's Department of Legal Affairs served a subpoena on Suncoast Incentives, also known as Suncoast Vacations and other names of companies by which it has done business.
Too often, we are ready to bad mouth politicians, but I can honestly say that this is just another example of Sen. Fasano doing what he says he is going to do. I can assure you the process was expedited because of him. He was not afraid to forward information to the Times and staff writer Jodi Tillman. Jodi has been very professional in her interview with us, and I believe she and the television reporters have a major story. Suncoast Vacations and the other names by which it is known operate in four other states and prey on mostly senior citizens.
Thanks Jodi, thanks Times and most of all we are lucky to have Sen. Mike Fasano and his staff. I encourage anyone else who has fallen prey to this scam to join the fight.
A question: How come the sheriff said there was no fraud and the attorney general believes there is? So do the hundreds of people who were scammed.
Jerry and Jennifer McManamon, Hudson
His good deed illegal
March 19, article
Ticket the good, let the bad go
I also was outraged at the article of Mr. dos Santos being ticketed for being a concerned citizen.
What about the guy who ran into the back of his truck with the hazard lights flashing? I'll bet his ticket wasn't any bigger than Mr. dos Santos', if he got one at all.
Just the day before, our neighbor came over and showed us a ticket for $55 that he got for having that plastic cover over his license plate. When he questioned the trooper as to why, he was told that it was because these new cameras or the radar guns couldn't read the license plate numbers and that it was in the paper that this was illegal to have.
This young man is mentally challenged. He was never told when renewing his driver's license or his insurance that this was illegal. How is he supposed to know? Running red lights has been illegal since they were installed but "first offenders" of the new camera system will get a warning. Is this fair or a policy of the government?
Donna Herrick, Port Richey