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Park should not infringe on Whitted

Re: Mayor's Mahaffey plan piques some skepticism, Sept. 22.

I want to clarify the intentions of the Albert Whitted Airport Blue Ribbon Advisory Task Force. In order to improve public accessibility to the airport and the surrounding area, we recommended that a park be created in Lot 51.

We were specific about the park's location and that the aviation requirements of the airport not be affected. In our recommendation we stated "that a park to be named Albert Whitted Park be created on the northside waterfront of the airport in Lot 51. The proposed park should be of adequate size to accommodate the needs of citizens and should not infringe on the aviation requirements of the airport."

We then gave examples of things that could be incorporated into the park, one of which was outdoor concert facilities.

I want to emphasize that the park was to be located north of the airport boundary and not on airport property. We depicted our plans for the airport and the park in a conceptual layout that is part of our report.

The Albert Whitted Task Force worked hard to identify and adopt "win-win" ideas for the airport and the surrounding area. Although I want to see the redevelopment plan for the Mahaffey Theater succeed, it should not come at the expense of the airport or other facilities in the area.

Ed Montanari, chairman

Albert Whitted Airport Blue Ribbon Advisory

Task Force, St. Petersburg

All hail newspaper carriers

We all know what a great job the Red Cross, electric, phone, police, EMS, fire and government people are doing. But let's not forget the carriers who brought us the newspaper at 6 a.m. each day during the recent storms.

My street was shut down because of power lines lying in the street, and we still got our paper, double wrapped to keep it dry.

I was a paper boy in my younger years and know what a hassle it is to do this in the rain. But I never had to do it in a hurricane.

My thanks go out to all the people who have to work during a hurricane warning, including the paper carriers.

Bob Griffin, Indian Rocks Beach

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