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Pinellas Point vote to allow party not realistic

Re: Pinellas Point says yes to park party.

So, Pinellas Point residents voted to allow thousands of partygoers to descend upon this already fragile neighborhood? Since when do "20-30 people" constitute a realistic vote in a community of thousands?

If more residents of this neighborhood had been made aware of this "vote" by the Pinellas Point Neighborhood Association, I am quite sure that the results would have been the opposite. Pinellas Point is a so-far successfully integrated area that has struggled for years to retain its dignity. Mobs such as these will serve only to destroy the trust and beauty of the community!

Want to hold an open house to show your home to prospective buyers? Take a scenic drive over the Skyway bridge? Use Maximo Park to launch your boat? Forget it. With these parties, the noise and crowds would scare away any real estate agent or home buyer.

Since when do we allow young people to congregate in such large masses until the wee hours of the morning, drinking illegally, blasting their stereos and ruining the peaceful setting of a Sunday night walk? Safety issues aside, many Pinellas Point residents (including myself) have remained true to this part of St. Petersburg for decades. We still are buying homes in the area and are committed to keeping it stable. If "Chunky Sunday" comes to Maximo Park, it is guaranteed that our most committed residents will walk _ and soon!

It's time to say no to public nuisances such as these. If police Chief Goliath Davis is trying to find solutions to teen boredom, he is on the wrong track.

M.L. Davis, St. Petersburg

Hold another meeting

about "Chunky Sunday'

Re: Pinellas Point says yes to park party.

I couldn't believe my eyes when I read that in a three-day period my community voted to allow thousands of young people to invade our neighborhood with their reported inappropriate behavior. Throughout history, society has not allowed huge masses to congregate at taxpayer expense. Those 20 to 30 people do not represent the Pinellas Point community, and it was a huge disappointment to read that Brent Fisher, a confident and strong leader, would vote in favor of such a ridiculous plan.

I, like most homeowners in Pinellas Point, would have attended last week's neighborhood meeting if I had been informed that this vote would be on the agenda and would have voted no to Chief Goliath Davis' plan to ease Bartlett Park's problem. As a community, residents must be notified when serious issues are going to be decided at community meetings. Otherwise, it would lead one to believe that community meetings have a secret agenda. The Pinellas Point residents must have another formal meeting that would realistically represent their people.

Cindy Davis, St. Petersburg

Instead of prejudging

party, give it a chance

Re: Pinellas Point says yes to park party.

Greater Pinellas Point's vote to give "Chunky Sunday" a trial in Maximo Park demonstrates that Greater Pinellas Point is, as our association president was quoted, ". . . interested in trying to live and work together and play together."

Jamaican Funk representative and spokesman Patrick Jenkins spoke as if the group is defining reasonable parameters for "Chunky Sundays" and the organizers should be given a chance to make the events work. Illegal drug and alcohol activities and littering frequently occur at large public gatherings, and the problem is not unique to "Chunky Sunday" gatherings. Let us not prejudge the entire group by participants who cause trouble _ assigned police officers are there to handle problems just as they are at other public events. Perhaps if we anticipate good behavior and mutual respect, we'll all be pleasantly surprised.

Joan Gnagy Campbell, St. Petersburg


An editorial in Sunday's Neighborhood Times incorrectly listed the Sierra Club as owner of some of the 120 acres surrounding Clam Bayou that the club and officials in Gulfport and St. Petersburg hope to preserve.