New use for an empty building
I presume the urge for a new judicial center is real and a new center is actually required. With that in mind, I wonder if anyone has done anything but dream big for a new downtown structure without adequate parking and which would create further traffic in an already congested street system.
The empty Kmart building on U.S. 19 just north of Spring Hill Drive certainly bears looking into. It has 2 acres under roof, with an equal area in an adjacent and already built parking lot. There is direct access from a major artery, U.S. 19, and all utilities exist in the building. The upgrading of the exterior and development of the interior could probably be accomplished for the $19 million set aside for the project without further debt.
C. F. Willett, Spring Hill
Pasco plan for libraries is better
I read that Pasco libraries will be closing on Mondays, due to cost-cutting.
I really wish this is something that Hernando libraries would have done instead of eliminating Saturday hours at some branches. Unfortunately, most of us have to go to work each day, making it difficult to get to the library during the week.
Hernando County needs to wake up and realize that the population is not just seniors anymore.
Cherie Pannizzo, Weeki Wachee
Not all Realtors agree on fees
Dick Ross stated to Hernando County Commissioners: "The idea (to lower impact fees) was highly supported by every Realtor in this county."
Oh! No one asked me. Did I miss a survey, Mr. Ross, or your phone call one day? I don't support it and have written to Commissioner Jeff Stabins and said so. I don't support the build-build-build mantra either.
Reminds me of a chant from last year of: Drill. Drill. Drill.
Nope, most Realtors aren't part of the RPAC activist group that was in attendance at that meeting.
You know the deregulate-everything-and-it'll-all-work-out ideas got us in this mess we are in now. Thank goodness our commissioners don't listen to certain parties who only want to line their own pockets.
Mike Humphreys, Spring Hill
Don't put café at park up for bid
If only Alfred McKethan could be here to listen to this crazy idea about our McKethan Pine Island Park, taking a chance on losing Willy Kochounian as the provider of food and service.
McKethan's name is on this well-manicured, beautiful place on the water, which is complemented by Willy's Tropical Breeze Café. The park is brought back to perfection daily by the park's workers who arrive very early each morning. Inside this park is Willy's building, with its wonderful, tastefully done upbeat colors and slanted chimneys. Flowers are blooming or replaced because nothing is left for later.
Hernando County is blessed to have a businessman like Willy Kochounian who cares so much about this place and has the knowledge of how to make it a success.
Politics or just bad judgment, to put this business up for bid would be a mistake. The people in charge need to know that Willy has put his all into this park. He is there at the opening, and Willy is the one who locks the gates each night. People from all corners come to Pine Island Park, and when you talk to them, they all mention Willy's clean and colorful Tropical Breeze Café. Eighteen years and it just gets better. Sand, water, sun and great food, that's the fun of Alfred McKethan Pine Island Park.
If you put it up for bid, with all the extras that are Willy's, you will see that you have a bargain that you shouldn't risk loosing.
Dave Swank, Weeki Wachee