Ask volunteers for help at parks
With all the cutbacks everyone has been reading about pertaining to our parks and pools, I have a suggestion for the county commissioners. Rather than close our parks for two days during the week, why not ask for volunteers?
When Eagle Lake Park opened, they had a sign-up sheet for those who were willing to give some time, not only at the new park but at other parks in the county. When I signed, there were pages of volunteers' names, phone numbers and e-mail addresses.
Why not ask formally via the media for help for all the parks? We have no problem running mowers, edgers, blowers or using pruners, rakes and shovels. Simply put, there are many retired people, such as myself, who would be happy to help out whenever we could.
I believe there are many people out there willing to help out in these hard financial times, especially when it comes to helping our communities keep open our wonderful parks. All you have to do is ask.
John Wirth, Largo
Sale of property is blocked by group
We inherited our parents' lot and home in Paradise Park mobile home park in Largo after they passed away. I recently retired and we intended to enjoy winters in beautiful Largo and summers in Pennsylvania with our grandchildren.
Unfortunately, our snowbird retirement dreams have changed. Due to my wife's recurring breast cancer, we have decided to continue her treatment in Pennsylvania. We placed the property for sale and received an offer acceptable to us.
Instead of a settlement date with the buyers, we received a "share transfer request DENIED" letter from the Paradise Park management office. The board of directors has determined that the sale of our property shall not be allowed because it does not meet the minimum "share price established by the board of directors" of $56,000.
Now we must continue paying approximately $7,000 a year in property maintenance fees, taxes and insurance costs for a vacant home that we cannot enjoy. We have contacted an attorney to help us determine our options. I wonder if others are stuck with a property they cannot use or sell due to similar circumstances.
Mark Pollock, Brookhaven, Penn.
Thrilled with visit to art exhibition
I would like to thank the Raymond James Corporation for inviting the general public to its free two-day exhibition of outstanding artwork, titled "Wildlife and Western Art."
After showing our photo identification to polite guards, we were taken by our knowledgeable guide, Amber, to the ninth-floor board meeting room, where priceless statues and paintings were displayed. The view from the ninth floor is breathtaking!
Shirley L. Waggoner, Largo