Future of the Pier remains murky | Oct. 7, story
Pier options being studied thoroughly
The headline and story concerning future plans for the Pier were misleading. On Sept. 24, the Pier Task Force gave the City Council an update of our work to date for this important facility for St. Petersburg and the greater Tampa Bay area. We were clear in stating that we are currently at the halfway point of our work and recently hired a firm that is known around the world for development of waterfront projects, like our Pier. They will assist us in our study, but the Task Force will continue to be responsible for all of the objectives given to us by the elected leaders of our city.
We shared three possible alternatives that are in their early conceptual stages of development and were discussed at one of our subcommittees, but never by the entire Task Force. Going forward we expect to explore these and other ideas in order to present a range of options that will be released in our final report next year.
The public needs to know that the Pier is being studied in a thorough, methodical and open process by a group of dedicated citizens committed to completing the work given to us by our city's leaders. We realize that for over 100 years, the Pier has been an important and vital part of downtown St. Petersburg, and we want to ensure that it continues to be an exciting destination for residents and visitors for years to come.
Ed Montanari, vice chairman, Pier Task Force, St. Petersburg
The alarm he can't shut off Oct. 4
Why not run school without any bells?
I was just thinking of the typical school Pavlovian answer to the bell issue raised in the article.
Why are we conditioning the students? I wish there were an answer to unconditioning the teachers! Assume all or most rooms and labs have clocks. Assume the physical education teachers either own or have access to watches. Assume all faculty members and students can tell time.
Change the culture of the school? Run the school totally without bells!
I bet your reporters, with a little research, can find schools operating without bells. This change will develop more personal responsibility for all — students, teachers and administration.
It might also lead to other changes for fostering learning — the ultimate goal!
Edmund Barry, Gulfport