Let's clean up unsightly signs
There are many amenities in the city of Tarpon Springs, such as the adjacent well-kept beaches, parks, Helen Ellis Hospital and places of business that make this a very convenient place to live. Unfortunately, there's one thing that detracts and offends the senses and that is the proliferation of ugly and uncontrolled signs littering the stretch of Pinellas Avenue from Klosterman Road to the Sponge Docks.
I know the catchphrase too well — "We've planted trees and plants and are working toward making this a more attractive area" — and that's great, but somehow the issue of the unsightly signs has totally been ignored. Do we really think that just planting trees and bushes will distract visitors enough so that the signs will not be noticed?
I have nothing against businesses advertising their wares, but it could be done tastefully with one appropriate sign. Adding signs of all shapes and forms daily will not necessarily invite customers into a store. Recently, I've read that the goal is to have downtown Tarpon looking more like downtown Dunedin. Any objectionable signs there?
My challenge to our political candidates is to answer this letter and specify what their plans would be to realistically make Tarpon Springs a welcoming city for tourists and prospective buyers.
Irene Prosser, Tarpon Springs
Tickets cost local businesses $15K
Arrived in Clearwater Beach for a three-month escape. Was promptly greeted with two parking tickets for "parking within 30 feet of a stop sign" on a side street. Neither I nor anyone else I asked have ever heard of this law. I'm retired and have been around a bit, and if this is a law, it's one that has been kept a secret.
There was no posting or marking of this ordinance anywhere! I'm familiar with areas of no parking being marked with a yellow painted curb or a sign.
Anyway, I paid my two tickets and decided to take elsewhere the $15,000 I normally spend. With all the empty rooms around, I'm sure the merchants locally would have benefitted more by my staying. Perhaps Venice will appreciate my business.
Jerry Stouder, Pierceton, Ind.