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Dunedin commission played politics over Jamaica Inn vote

Editor: The Dunedin City Commission could not let what is best for the city come before that of self-interest, personality conflict or outright vendetta resulting from conflicts of the past. The outcome was a 3-2 vote against the proposed expansion of the Jamaica Inn on Dunedin's waterfront.

What is really puzzling is how commissioners, who are supposed to represent their constituency by listening to the recommendations of the public, still can turn their backs.

There are volunteer committees all over the city for the purpose of giving direction on propositions affecting the city as a whole. These volunteer committees are made up of people who live and work in Dunedin.

One such committee is the Community Redevelopment Agency advisory board. The board makes recommendations to the Community Redevelopment Agency, which in Dunedin's case is also, by county mandate, the City Commission.

Several months ago, the owner of the Jamaica Inn, Peter Kreuziger, made a presentation to the advisory board for the purpose of seeking a positive recommendation to the redevelopment agency.

The board is not a rubber stamp for anyone, but did approve a recommendation that the redevelopment agency should endorse his project.

After some lengthy discussion, it was concluded by the board that Kreuziger had cleared away all objections to his proposal, the result being that it would be of great benefit to Dunedin and its waterfront.

The expanded facility additionally would be an enhancement to the new stadium and university that recently opened adjacent to the Community Redevelopment District.

Furthermore, the proposal has gone through the Planning and Zoning Commission, another appointed volunteer group, and received the stamp of approval before being passed on to the redevelopment agency (city commissioners) before the last election.

Enter the 1991 City Commission _ a former mayor who has had run-ins with Kreuziger, a new commissioner whose mind-set seems to be only water-oriented and a third commissioner whose term was continuing unaffected by the last election. However, he has had a longstanding dispute with the motel owner that will probably never be healed.

What happens? The city commissioners, without regard for recommendations of the people who elect them, veto the proposition by a 3-to-2 vote.

Regardless of what was said, including that of the city attorney, members of the commission still ignored what was best for Dunedin's downtown area.

The owners of the Jamaica Inn may have been hard to deal with in some of the commissioners' eyes. But the fact is they have been one of the best operators in this community.

Further, they have been very active in community and countywide charitable circles. What more do you want? Their toughness is also to look out for their own business interests in addition to Dunedin's.

Playing politics for self-interest is a self-defeating game. Is that the type of game the Dunedin City Commission is playing at the expense of its citizens?

Russell G. Boaeuf

Community Redevelopment Agency

Advisory Board member

So long, Honeymoon Island State Park

Editor: I am writing in regard to the recent increase in the price of admission into Honeymoon Island State Park/Dunedin Beach.

Attention, all Honeymoon Island/Dunedin Beach sunset watchers, shell collectors, sun worshipers and beachcombers. Why, last week, were we able to drive ourselves into the park for a day of fun in the sun for just $1, and this week it will cost us $3.25?

We're in a recession, aren't we? How can Honeymoon Island State Park justify this admission increase of more than 200 percent?

Sure, if you have eight people in your car, it will be cheaper now than before. Well, sorry, I never even tried to fit eight people in my car, forget trying to drive them all out to Dunedin Beach.

Only five people to my Ford Escort, thank you, and it still would have been cheaper with the old rates!

Move over, all windsurfers and jet skiers on the Dunedin Causeway and all faithful Howard Park folks. I'll see you all this weekend.

Denise Renda

Palm Harbor

Largo High choir concert draws raves

Editor: At 8 p.m. May 25, 1991, in Carnegie Hall, members of the Largo High School Concert Choir with their director, Bill Renfroe, performed under guest conductor John Rutter of Great Britain with the New England Symphonic Ensemble. The works performed were Rutter's Requiem, Magnificat and Te Deum.

I am writing to inform your readership of the enormous success the group enjoyed in this performance.

I congratulate the performers on their appearance in this most demanding and historical musical venue.

Their performance was breathtaking and impressive, and Maestro Rutter was very pleased. Finally, the New York Times praised the performance in a most positive way.

Special mention must be made of the director, Bill Renfroe, for providing the leadership and musical initiative to participate in this important musical event.

I thank the performers for their contribution and look forward to their return in the future.

Peter Tiboris, Music Director

Manhattan Philharmonic, New York City