Re: Merchants beg for easier sign limits | story, April 10
Sign mess doesn't attract customers
It was with great pleasure that I read the article on the controversy over commercial signs littering Largo, since back on Feb. 10 I wrote a letter to the St. Petersburg Times on this very topic with, unfortunately, little positive response from the city officials of Tarpon Springs where I reside.
The concern of the merchants is warranted in that signs do attract prospective customers to a place of business, but the signs have to be attractive, informational and not repetitive. In other words, a place of business that looks littered from the outside is not at all inviting.
The argument that because business, at the moment, is suffering and therefore we need an avalanche of signs to attract customers is not valid. The city officials in my city have given me the same rationale to try and explain why the current sign codes are not being enforced, but I'm not convinced that more visual pollution will make for a thriving business environment.
The stretch of road I'm most concerned about is between Klosterman Road and Tarpon Avenue on Alt. U.S. 19, as this is my neighborhood. There are numerous gaudy, duplicate signs on this road. One huge billboard near a gun shop in a strip mall is so dilapidated that one can't even figure out what it's trying to advertise.
As a citizen of the beautiful city of Tarpon Springs, I will continue to pursue my goal to rid the city of unnecessary visual pollution and to stand by the belief that we, as human beings, need not only bread, but roses as well.
Irene Prosser, Tarpon Springs
Re: This comfort comes with licks | story, April 18
Therapy dogs are invaluable to kids
I was impressed and very touched reading about the volunteers who have trained their dogs to be therapy dogs to help children testify in court. Thanks to the gentle dogs, the volunteers and the victim advocates, sexual offenders go to prison because the very young victims aren't afraid to testify against them.
Neither the city of Largo nor the county can afford to cut any of these victim advocate positions, as they would be the enablers allowing these predators to remain loose in our society.
Debra N. Miller,