Animal Services cutbacks evident
We have a whole mess of raccoons tearing up stuff. I trapped a mean one and was told by Pinellas County Animal Services that I had to pay $30 for them to pick it up. What? Why even bother to have that department?
They have only added salt to a very open wound. My neighborhood is overrun with cats, raccoons and opossums. I was told to let it go or bring it to them. So now I am expected to do all their work.
Whoever is in charge of the budget should be ashamed to let taxpayers have to do the job our dollars are supposed to pay for. Quality of life, my foot.
So I let the mean raccoon go. So much for rabies worries. They took away neuter and spay services, so now what? More animals than people.
Phyllis Dodge, St. Petersburg
Groups unite to fill surprise gap
The mulching of Lakewood Terrace Playground was part of the city of St. Petersburg's participation in Carefest. Carefest identifies projects citywide and volunteer groups adopt these projects on a Saturday in September. The Lakewood Terrace Playground project was adopted by a group that simply did not show up.
As a result of good communication, our group (Broadwater Civic Association) was notified that help was needed at this location. We finished our adopted project and were happy to join the Riviera United Methodist Church volunteers (also coming from another project) at Lakewood Terrace.
Neighborhood partnership is one of the driving forces behind Carefest, and without it this project may not have been done at all.
Tom Ando, St. Petersburg