Nocco receiving outside support
Record levels of money are being spent on political campaigns this year even at the local level.
Pasco residents recently got an example in our mail box. Sheriff Chris Nocco, appointed by Gov. Scott to replace Sheriff Bob White, sent out what had to be the most expensive campaign mailer in the history of Pasco County. Mr. Nocco has the money to spend, according to the filings with the Supervisor of Elections, because he has received nearly a quarter of a million dollars of donations. Most donations came from Tallahassee addresses and not Pasco. This is not surprising since Mr. Nocco is new to Pasco County and his wife is a Tallahassee lobbyist who has raised money for Scott.
The citizens of Pasco County are well on their way to losing control of their Sheriff's Office.
Lynn W. Lindeman, Hudson
Council wasting taxpayer money
It is a shame in this day and age that a handful of elected officials with the good-old-boy syndrome can waste local taxpayers' money and time on something as trivial as 13 parking spots.
That's what we have in the Port Richey City Council right now. It is more worried about a struggling business, Whiskey River, that employs 31 people (almost as many people as the city itself) than the bigger issues facing the city.
The cliental for this business is made up of 40 percent local people right out of the same subdivision as this handful and another 50 percent come from the immediate area. We have worked diligently with the city manager and police chief, both upstanding individuals. We have done everything we have been asked to do, but some people are just miserable and want everyone around to be the same way.
It is very clear to regular patrons that a few of the local residents with the help of friends on the council are more interested in personal vendettas than the important business of the city at hand. The city spent taxpayers' money to fight and at the end of the day it accomplished nothing, because, like all of us, people are going to park where they want.
If you do not quit harassing local business, and start supporting them, sooner or later you will not need a City Council.
Ed Burbach, Port Richey
A gem of nature, Chinsegut Hill at risk | Sept. 23 Dan DeWitt column
Will someone come to rescue?
Columnist Dan DeWitt continues in his efforts to save Chinsegut with that beautiful antebellum mansion in Brooksville.
As a student at the University of South Florida, a friend of mine and I attended a weekend retreat there. They told us the legend of the ancient oak nearby and we walked the entire grounds. It is such a wonderful bit of old Florida.
We once had a visitor from Syracuse who was thrilled to read the moss-covered gravestones in the cemetery, something that many locals don't even know about. That old manse seemed to exude history. How sad to lose it. The university has attempted, over the years, to raise awareness and money for this landmark.
Is there a group, particularly in Hernando or Pasco, who can take up this cause? I'll bet it's still possible to do it.
Lilyan V. Dayton, New Port Richey
Demolition to start | Sept. 20 article
Ideas sought for utilizing property
Very nice article on the former park. Many of us have been trying to remove that eyesore and others in the area for some time and Port Richey City Manager Tom O'Neill's leadership has gone a long way to complete that effort.
We at F.I. Grey & Son, Inc. in New Port Richey have been engaged by the current owner to market the property as soon as the cleanup is complete. We would love to have suggestions from the public as to ideas they might have for uses of the site.
We would be happy to pursue any practical suggestions to try to bring something there of which the city can be proud and excited to see.
Thank you for the positive article on something changing for the better.
Chuck Grey, New Port Richey
Things have changed, but not the name | Sept. 14 article
Mural's artists didn't get credit
Two pictures were taken for the article — one of the current owner and manager and one of the new 480-square-foot mural of Bourbon Street that replaced the old football field mural.
Neither myself nor the other artist, Dawn Smith, were credited for our creation and our work on the new Bourbon Street mural in the article or the caption of the photograph.
Adam Steele, New Port Richey