Mayor Baker's legacy Nov. 1, story
Baker failed to help save Clam Bayou
To anyone who cares about the water environment in the area, this article has one glaring omission: Clam Bayou's current toxic state.
St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Baker has carried on the tradition of his predecessors by steadfastly ignoring St. Petersburg's dumping of stormwater runoff into the bayou, which lost another 8 inches of depth last year.
One can only hope that St. Petersburg's new mayor will open his or her eyes to the demise of our beautiful bayou, which is filling up with more silt, sludge and St. Petersburg garbage as I type this.
Shame on you, Mayor Baker, for not doing anything about this travesty.
W.L. Goode Jr., Gulfport
Lealman apartment fire brings back hydrant issue | Oct. 24, story
Fire's destruction lingers years later
My friend's grandmother used to live at the Lealman Apartments at the time of the 2003 fire. Due to complications with the insurance company, she was never able to return.
The article stated that firefighters were still trying to extinguish the flames hours after the fire was reported. This is proof that either there aren't enough hydrants or an insufficient number of firefighters.
Also, a fire and rescue captain stated that there wasn't sufficient pressure at the closest hydrant. I believe this is cause for review of the entire process of putting out fires in this particular area.
People have lost their homes once again, and some are left with nothing due to lack of insurance.
Now that the damage is done, who will help these people? My heart goes out to them.
Kyle Habbe, St. Petersburg
Beach Drive may host Chihuly museum | Oct. 31, story
Expertise needed in cultural affairs
We recently returned from Tacoma, Wash., where the Museum of Glass and surrounding community celebrate Dale Chihuly and other glass artisans with spectacular public installations. Tacoma's Hotel Murano features glittering glass installations from many artists and is rated as America's No. 6 hotel by Conde Nast Traveler.
Similar cultural and commercial opportunities should be embraced by our city and would be supported with county and state grants. Let us rehire Ann Wykell, the former city manager of cultural affairs, and provide professional cultural expertise.
Michael Wright, St. Petersburg