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"Rank' sums up plans for tennis venue

Re: Report ranks tennis stadium project highest, July 4

Editor: Your headline was so truly correct. It brought tears to my eyes.

The enthusiastic endeavor to promote this tennis venture using the word "ranks" to describe it was perfect. The word also means, foul, gross, musty, coarse and rancid.

We all know it will pass because you always give the taxpayer the best they can afford. What fools these mortals.

Walden St. Germain, Hudson

Neighborhood's gripes are selfish, shortsighted

Editor: After seven months of heated debate on residential assessments, the Tanglewood residents still expect the city of New Port Richey to serve them with a completely free street, sidewalk and related neighborhood improvement package lunch. This is on top of the city's position to pick up 38 percent of the projected project cost, which will, incidentally, be paid for by the remaining taxpayers on the city's tax rolls.

Have any of those anonymous "other" taxpayers ever appeared before the council complaining that their tax dollars are being spent in neighborhoods that they will never see, let alone, step on? Does it positively affect their property values as it will those in the Tanglewood neighborhoods?

The complaining residents fail to realize that the city does not have a strong industrial base, nor does it have a strong retail base, which have traditionally played a backbone role in the city's tax structure. Consequently, the residency base has to be involved in the preservation process of individual properties.

It is also very apparent, as expressed by Tanglewood spokespersons and other local supporters, that a community or city structure need not look to the future in the area of educational or cultural growth but rather to maintain the status quo of past decades. Therefore, you have the ignorant condemnation of any forward-thinking city as it relates to improving the city center retail and cultural environments.

Do they not realize the more commercial tax dollars a city can generate the better it will be for all residences in the long run? Furthermore, need they be reminded, chamber public meetings are not the place for rude, disrespectful behavior and slovenly dress?

New Port Richey has many other pressing needs for improvement dollars other than the Tanglewood debauchery. I suggest those other needs be addressed should Tanglewood's shortsightedness continue. There is no free lunch!

George L. Robinson

New Port Richey

Anclote lighthouse needs tender loving care

Editor: For a good number of years I heard they were going to fix up Anclote Island and the tower, yet people have told me they haven't seen any progress.

When the Cape Hatteras lighthouse in North Carolina was being moved, it made the news and drew thousands. On the videotape that I purchased, people came from as far away as Europe to see the move.

The Anclote Key lighthouse was built in 1887 and has been standing in the same place for 114 years. It was taken over by the Coast Guard, automated, decommissioned in 1984 and left to rot.

I've been a resident of the area for more than 20 years and remember the lighthouse beam shining over Alt. U.S. 19 in Tarpon Springs. It was thought of as a giant lawn ornament and useless as some stated years ago, but to boaters it was important. Many were saddened when it was turned off and some of us knew that it would be forgotten and mistreated.

This lighthouse, like a sea turtle or manatee, can't speak for itself. After a while you get tired of politicians always talking about what they are going to do to help, and the next time you hear about them they just vetoed the funds for the project. They really don't care what they say, as long as it gets votes.

Everybody knew about Cape Hatteras and its move; nobody knows about the restoration of Anclote Key. I could never compare Cape Hatteras and Anclote Key; they are like night and day. Hatteras is a well-maintained tourist attraction and loved by all. Anclote Key is an eyesore in the Gulf of Mexico in need of tender loving care.

Gina Austin, Port Richey

Editor's note: The current state includes $370,500 to conserve or replace key metal components and glass in the light's lantern room, remove lead paint and paint the 101-foot tower.