Avoid battle over restaurant noise | letter, Nov. 26
City works hard to help businesses
This response is in reference to the letter by Tim Dorr. The city of Tarpon Springs is not trying to force the closure of Jack Willie's Tarpon Turtle Restaurant. The issue is the non-permitted outdoor seating and amplified music that has been a source of disturbance to nearby residents.
Every effort has been made to resolve this situation and the Board of Commissioners' action to seek an injunction was a last resort effort to get this business to come into compliance with the ordinances of the city of Tarpon Springs. These ordinances are enacted and enforced to insure the safety and security of all of our residents, businesses and visitors alike.
Mr. Dorr's statement that Tarpon Springs "is earning a reputation as being unfriendly to business" couldn't be further from the truth. The city has entered into an exciting partnership with the Chamber of Commerce and downtown, Sponge Docks and Alt. U.S. 19/U.S. 19 corridor businesses to revitalize Tarpon Springs.
The Board of Commissioners approved a three-month special event, "Promote Tarpon Springs First," to run through January. We began by enhancing the holiday decorations on our main streets to create an atmosphere for holiday dining, shopping and entertainment.
The city has also embarked on a marketing campaign to encourage our residents to "Re-Discover Tarpon Springs." Information is being distributed in our utility bills and placed in local print media and on the city's Web site. Signs are being erected on Alt. U.S. 19 and Tarpon Avenue as an additional promotion for our business community.
This is all the result of the partnership of our business community and the city. I would invite Mr. Dorr and all other business owners who may not be involved yet to join us in promoting the treasures our city has to offer.
Mark LeCouris, interim city manager, Tarpon Springs
Rotary, Habitat much appreciated
Rotary Club of Dunedin North made this Thanksgiving truly something to be thankful for.
The club presented a $10,000 check to Patti Hanks of Habitat for Humanity Pinellas County. To make a good thing even better, a Rotary district grant will match the Dunedin club's $10,000 with an additional $10,000.
The money will be used to help construct "Shady Groves" in Dunedin. Habitat will construct up to 14 town homes to be offered to needy families. What a great project and what a great gift! Let's all be thankful for the good work of Rotary and Habitat.
Bill Coleman, Dunedin
Thanks for help on GED testing
On behalf of the board members of READ Pinellas, Inc. and the students and teachers of the adult education department of Pinellas County Schools, I want to thank the Tampa Bay community for its generosity and support as a result of the St. Petersburg Times' Nov. 2 article about the increase in GED fees.
Our adult students face many difficulties on the road to achieving a high school diploma. They demonstrate commitment and perseverance daily in their pursuit of an education. The generous donations we have received to pay for GED testing fees will go a long way to eliminate another barrier to these students' success.
Thank you to all who have donated money and thank you to staff writer Donna Winchester and the editors of the Times for sharing the story of our adult students with our community.
Laura Sargent, Largo