Sculptures add life to downtown
I have been reading several letters of criticism regarding the beautification of the median in downtown Clearwater, specifically regarding the three pieces of sculpture there.
My husband and I moved here as a young married couple 36 years ago. We live in central Clearwater and are very involved in our community.
Though a few storefronts are vacant, I have never seen our downtown look as good as it does today. Public art makes a community civilized. Downtown Clearwater still belongs to the residents of Clearwater. Let's show her support and encourage her success.
Kay W. Aude, Clearwater
Re: Commissioner's missive leaves some in Safety Harbor miffed | story, Aug. 1
Leftover funds paid for mailing
As an elected official, I felt it was important that the citizens of Safety Harbor had direct input in our budget process this year.
After careful consideration, I thought the best way to do that would be to send a letter to residents and encourage them to contact me directly with their ideas, priorities and concerns relating to our budget.
The article referred to one particular resident who expressed some concern regarding the mailing.
However, it should be noted that I carefully weighed the cost of the mailing given these tight budget times and, after discussions with the city manager, the decision was made to use the leftover money from my unused travel and education funds to pay for the letters.
Given the circumstances this budget year, I could think of no better use of these funds than to communicate directly with the residents of Safety Harbor.
Joseph Ayoub, Safety Harbor city commissioner
Re: Pit bull killed by swarm of bees | story, July 29
Effort to save dog wasted resources
I read this story with surprise, not because a dog that was kept outside had been stung by bees, but because the Largo Fire Department actually responded to the incident. Really? It is a dog. Not a human. A dog.
Is this where our tax dollars are going? I cannot even begin to imagine how much the city and/or the county was billed for the Largo Fire Department's services. I only hope that a human being was not in need of the services of the Fire Department while they were busy tending to a pit bullterrier.
I can appreciate the sadness the family is feeling due to the loss of their pet, but to waste the resources of the city's emergency services on an animal is absurd.
Harry Cart, Clearwater