Thursday, May 24, 2018
Letters To The Editor

Why not combine bird and marine rescue?

Aquarium's big question, and Injured birds will get help, but... | stories, March 3

Why not combine bird, sea rescue?

The juxtaposition of the stories in Sunday's Clearwater & North Pinellas Times about the Clearwater Marine Aquarium's proposal for downtown Clearwater and the emergence of Suncoast Bird Rescue illuminated an important connection between the two: They both share the mission of rescuing and rehabilitating marine wildlife.

Collaboration between the two, rather than launching one single attraction, could transform downtown Clearwater's identity by giving it a viable, long-term mission — one that educates and generates an appreciation among visitors and residents about the ecology and wildlife, feathered and finned, that make our area unique.

Businesses would have a compelling reason to take root and spin off that theme.

As downtown partners, the two could attract a more diverse population of visitors and locals, which would add to the long-term viability of the project — an important factor when residents vote on the referendum.

If it comes to pass, Clearwater residents will have good reason to take pride in their downtown. They have waited a long time.

Cindy Deadman Maxwell, Clearwater

Clearwater Marine Aquarium expansion

Stop before losses deluge aquarium

Anyone who claims to be a supporter of cooperative regionalism in our purported community of Tampa Bay needs to start writing letters and emails to the board of the Clearwater Marine Aquarium right now. They need to say "Stop! This is a monumentally bad idea that will do irreparable harm to so many people and institutions that it defies reason." Copy Mayor George Cretekos, Pinellas County Commission Chairman Ken Welch and any other public official who will be called upon to lend financial support to this ruinous pipe dream.

Without a $7 million per year subsidy from Tampa, the Florida Aquarium there would probably fold. Then review the umpteen articles about the attendance woes of the Rays and Bucs. Then stir in the new Secrets of the Seas Marine Science Center being built at John's Pass. Then ask St. Petersburg what the existence of Ruth Eckerd Hall and the Straz Center for the Performing Arts has meant to the Mahaffey Theater.

This is a clear case of not understanding the impact of competition in Tampa Bay. Twenty-five years ago there were limited entertainment options here. Now, the discretionary leisure dollar has been sliced so thinly that every not-for-profit entertainment venue has struggled of late, with little relief in sight.

I'm thrilled with the success in Clearwater that aquarium CEO David Yates has conjured up from the making of a heart-rending fish tale. But ultimately, Winter the dolphin is a one-trick pony that will cause more damage to the Tampa Bay cultural scene that won't be fixable with a gimmick.

Scott Wagman, St. Petersburg

Dunedin leaders brainstorm story, March 1

Pedestrian mall's a great idea

What a wonderful idea to have a pedestrian mall for Main Street in Dunedin! There is nothing more enjoyable than to be able to stroll down the street during festivals instead of trying to squeeze by on the small sidewalks.

Germany and Belgium and many European countries have been doing this for years. They have free parking outside of the malls with shuttle service running repeatedly.

I don't think Dunedin needs a shuttle service, since it is very easy to walk there. However, I think more free parking lots would add to the incentive to come downtown more often.

Concetta Platania, Dunedin

Clearwater rejects hotel story, Feb. 23

Council's reason not reported

Your article misleads. The City Council wisely rejected the proposal, but not because it was too big for the site. (Nowhere in their lengthy discussion was that identified as an issue.)

The hotel density reserve units are to be used for restoration of lost midprice, midsize hotels, not for bringing older units into compliance.

The project did not comply with those rules, and would certainly have contributed to an undesirable canyon effect as well.

Vicki Jackson, Clearwater

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Published: 05/22/18
Updated: 05/24/18

Wednesday’s letters: A princess gives us a lesson to live by

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Published: 05/21/18
Updated: 05/23/18

Hernando Letters to the Editor for May 25

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Published: 05/21/18
Updated: 05/22/18

Pasco Letters to the Editor for May 25

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Published: 05/21/18
Updated: 05/22/18

Tuesday’s letters: If you don’t like the Electoral College, then amend the Constitution

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Published: 05/21/18
Updated: 05/22/18

Monday’s letters: Focusing on the mental state of shooters misses the point

Texas high school shooting | May 18Criminals, angry people kill peopleSchool shootings are a distinctly American phenomenon. But shootings by people with serious mental illness represent less than 1 percent of all yearly gun-related homicides in ...
Published: 05/19/18
Updated: 05/21/18

Friday’s letters: Putnam and Publix, two P’s lose my nod

Publix pours cash to Putnam | May 17A pleasure to shop elsewhereMy family and I moved to Tampa in 1974, and have made Publix our favorite grocery store ever since. Forty-four years! That is why it makes me a little sad to have to say goodbye.Firs...
Published: 05/18/18

Saturday’s letters: For Florida to move forward, focus on a healthy and sustainable environment

Tampa’s future is bright | May 12Protect Florida, boost economyThis past year, Florida set another record-breaking year for tourism, welcoming more than 116 million visitors. While Florida boasts a unique quality of life and more than 1,300 miles...
Published: 05/16/18
Updated: 05/18/18

Sunday’s letters: What conservatives stand for

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Published: 05/16/18
Updated: 05/18/18