Tuesday, March 20, 2018
Letters To The Editor

Pasco Letters to the Editor for Sept. 8

Residential areas also need cleanup

Having moved to Pasco some 33 years ago, we have resided in the Embassy Hills section. When we moved here it was a very nice area. All property was well maintained, and it was a pleasure to drive around. In the last 10 to 15 years, I have seen a steady decrease in property upkeep. Soon it will be one big blighted area.

One only needs to drive around and see fallen-down fences, overgrown yards, junk and what have you piled in front of or next to homes; once well-maintained lawns hosting three, four or more cars; blue tarps over roofs, some for over five years; trailers parked in front, not on the side or in back, and I could go on and on.

One reads in the newspapers how the county wants to beautify U.S. 19. Is there a problem with starting with the residential areas first? This area is one of the first that visitors see, and I can only imagine what they think. The old story — "we need more code officers" — well you have them now, so how about some action?

A few months ago, we saw pictures in the paper of county commissioners all congratulating themselves on cleaning up the Colonial Hills area, another area that was sorely overlooked by Pasco County. How about a code enforcement push now through the Embassy and Regency Park area?

I urge commissioners to do so ASAP and tackle the problem before it's too late. I encourage my fellow residents of Embassy and Regency Park to contact the commission, especially Commissioner Jack Mariano, who is our representative in this area.

Ernie Stetz, Port Richey

Things looking up at Hacienda Hotel

Our once-grand and glorious roaring '20s-era Hacienda Hotel sat empty downtown for a decade. I felt embarrassed whenever I walked by and observed its broken windows and rundown condition.

A few years ago, our City Council put out a call to city residents to come out and start fixing the place up. Hordes responded, cleaned it up, and painted its outside. Enthusiasm ran wild.

The city then got a large Florida grant for structural repairs, put up a chain-link fence, and there she sat, vacant and still abandoned, after the repairs were done. No question much work remained. A potential outside partnership to develop it into a boutique hotel failed to move forward.

People continued to request that city management take down the fence. Meanwhile, Friends of the Hacienda decided to put on a roaring '20s-style gala ball, and the fence came down. The outside is already quite beautiful.

On a recent Saturday, nearly 200 of us experienced the first gala held in the hotel ballroom in 30 years. Citizen-members of Friends of the Hacienda skillfully used smoke and mirrors to decorate the ballroom superbly and got the place electrified and air conditioned. We enjoyed live music, dancing, appetizers and beverages. At least half the guests dressed in roaring '20s style. We had a blast.

New Port Richey folks, with the help of good government, got it done. I feel very excited to see what more can be accomplished as other major parts of the restoration continue to move forward.

Congratulations, Friends of the Hacienda!

Louis Parrillo, New Port Richey


Wednesday’s letters: Let the teachers decide on guns

Trump touts arming staff as key in plan for school security | March 12It’s the teacher’s call on weaponsPlease, let’s try an alternate view about guns in the classroom. First, it hasn’t gone unnoticed that the preponderance of letters about guns ...
Updated: 9 hours ago

Pasco Letters to the Editor for March 23

Re: Residents object to solar farm | March 16, storyLakeland Electric has shown that residential customers can be incentivized to allow placement of utility-owned solar panels on their roofs. Likewise, business owners can be incentivized to allow...
Published: 03/19/18

Tuesday’s letters: It shouldn’t be this hard to fly

Tampa International AirportIt shouldn’t be this hard to flyI’ve given the train two tries now from economy parking at Tampa airport. It’s a lot of work. How silly to go down one bank of elevators, then take a good walk to the next set of elevators to...
Published: 03/19/18

Monday’s letters: Protect Floridians’ right to privacy

People push for changes at Constitution hearing | March 14Protect Florida’s right to privacyI attended the Constitution Revision Commission’s public hearing at USF St. Petersburg last week. I was there because I thought it was important to have m...
Published: 03/18/18

Sunday’s letters: Effort to stem pet cruelty pays off

Puppy millsEffort to stem cruelty pays offThank you to everyone who contacted their legislators, and a huge shout-out to the Tampa Bay Times for letting us know that state legislators were considering a bill to eliminate the hard-achieved gains on lo...
Published: 03/17/18

Saturday’s letters: Insurer focused on repairs, not fees

Citizens hit with $12.7M verdict | March 15Insurer’s focus: repairs, not feesCitizens Property Insurance Corp. has spent the past several years making sure that insurance proceeds for sinkhole repairs are used to restore a home and make it whole....
Published: 03/16/18

Friday’s letters: Put young people to work rebuilding infrastructure

Smart way to pay for infrastructure | March 13, commentaryMake rebuilding a youth project Raising gas taxes to pay for infrastructure may not be the best way to go. I suggest we re-invent the old WPA (Works Progress Administration) and draft high...
Published: 03/13/18
Updated: 03/15/18

Thursday’s letters: An alternative for giving: Breadcoin

Panhandling paradox | March 11Innovation in giving: BreadcoinPanhandling is destructive to the donor, panhandler and our community — a guilt trip that erodes personal dignity, respect and self-worth, making the recipient more beholden and entitle...
Published: 03/13/18
Updated: 03/14/18
Wednesday’s letters: Daylight bill is bad for business

Wednesday’s letters: Daylight bill is bad for business

Daylight saving timeDaylight bill is bad for businessI encourage Gov. Rick Scott to veto the daylight saving time extension bill. It makes no sense. It puts Florida out of sync with the rest of the country. Commerce will be affected. The entire Easte...
Published: 03/13/18

Pasco Letter to the Editor for March 16

Re: Pasco to test roadside recycling | March 9 column Pasco County (and its residents) have financial incentives to recycle, but the participation rate is low. Clearly, Pasco County either needs to make recycling mandatory — by making residents r...
Published: 03/13/18