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City cleaning crew deserves praise for great job at park

After attending the numerous events in Straub Park over the years, and this year being on the inside planning of a major downtown event (St. Anthony's Tampa Bay Triathlon), it is time we took our hats off to the Department of Leisure Services of the city of St. Petersburg! They put in a tremendous amount of hard work and truly get the job done. After attending the WYNF 11th birthday celebration with more than 30,000 attendees, numerous cans, bottles, paper, etc. and seeing what a mess the park was in after the concert, I was amazed, thrilled and overwhelmed to see the park the next morning at the Bay to Bay Race (8:15 a.m.) looking as beautiful and clean as it did. While all the rest of us enjoyed the concert and fireworks and went our separate ways, these people worked on making our park clean and a nice place to go the next day. These people work weekend after weekend, many days in a row, and consistently keep a smile on their faces and are a pleasure to work with.

With all this in mind, I say congratulations and thank you for a job well done.

Murray Meyer, St. Petersburg

Recycling would save city money

The city needs to encourage more people to recycle. Why not offer to reduce the cost of sanitation collection to people who use the service only once a week? I recycle all my glass, aluminum and newspapers. I also compost all of my kitchen scraps. Why should I pay the full amount when I generate so little trash?

The trash containers could be color coded so the pick-up person easily could identify the people using this system. By eliminating one stop a week, this would cut down on the time it takes to pick up and dispose of the garbage, plus it would reduce the wear and tear on the city vehicles. What motivates people more than the opportunity to save money? Think about it!

Robin Menneke, St. Petersburg

Pull up close at stoplights

Would you please do one small story which could possibly save lots of energy? I mean, could you interview someone in the traffic engineering department of any large city? They can tell you of the sensors which are buried in the pavement surrounding most major street intersections. These sensors register the number of vehicles which are idling until the traffic signal changes to green. My pet peeve is that most people do not realize the sensors are present and thus they do not move up reasonably close to the vehicle in front of them. Most traffic lights will not change to green until a certain number of vehicles have passed a specific location in front of it.

I always remember the driver's education class caveat: "stay back far enough from the vehicle in front of yours so that you can see the back tires of the vehicle in front."

And thus it has been my frequent experience that one lone car will stay so far back from the next vehicle that not enough vehicles will be able to be "read" by the signal light computer to change the light from red to green. So every car is delayed plus a lot of gasoline is wasted needlessly. Please do a story which stresses the importance of queuing up reasonably close to the next vehicle so as to minimize the waiting time.

John Connolly, St. Petersburg

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