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Hudson Channel dredging rightly occurs in stages

Many years ago, when we first began our quest to have the Hudson Channel dredged, U.S. Rep. Michael Bilirakis persuaded the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to do a study with the thought in mind that it would be funded by the federal government. This money would be available only if the commercial fleet were to benefit. The federal government would not consider the benefits to pleasure boats or for recreation. That study determined that the fishing industry lost over $500,000 because of denial to a deep channel.

Since then, the efforts were shifted from the U.S. government to the state and the county, and it was the opinion of all of us working on this project to simplify the request by asking for money and permits to have only the main channel dredged.

We thought it would muddy up the water and make it more difficult to get permits if we were to ask to have all of the north and south channels dredged. The plan was to get the main channel dredged first and then come back to get permission to have the feeder channel deepened. I sincerely believe that this line of planning was correct.

I understand that it is tough for the pleasure boaters (I'm one of them) but it is no more difficult to get to the main channel now than it was 100 years ago when the early commercial fishermen came from the north and south to get to deeper water on their way to the gulf. I think that we should work hard to get permission to get the side channels dredged but I don't think that we should allow this to jeopardize our main project.

Representatives from Pasco County as well as the undersigned have spent thousands of hours and a great deal of tax and private money to get this undertaking to this stage (almost the finish line), so let's not allow this latest bump in the road to thwart the major goal.

Al Meyer, Hudson

Nostalgic communities

omit plans for schools

Re: Live, work shop, Jan. 9.

What a warm and fuzzy, feel-good article written about all of the lovely communities planned for Pasco County. I especially loved the concern the developers had regarding the short drive to work and the nostalgic town center approach.

The one teeny-tiny point I might want to interject to these Beaver Cleaver neighborhoods is: Where will all of the little Beaver Cleavers go to school? I didn't notice the developers mentioning designating some land for new schools to be built, especially since the ones in the area are already bursting at the seams.

It sure would would be nice and go a long way in attracting public attention and enthusiasm for these projects, if developers would begin to take this into consideration when they plan their neighborhoods of yesteryear.

Yes, I am well aware that it is not their responsibility to provide schools. However, I believe that as developers move into and begin planning total communities, they should consider the obvious impact of the influx of people of all ages and plan their communities accordingly. Unfortunately, these words of advice have already fallen on the deaf ears of county officials who approve these projects.

Now about that pesky forgotten water shortage.

Sharon Snead, Spring Hill

+ Editor's note: Each of the developments mentioned in the article set aside land for schools. Longleaf Elementary School is under construction and is scheduled to open in August. Future sites include two elementary schools and one middle school in Connerton; an elementary school in New River; and four elementary schools within Wiregrass.

Aggressive drivers cut off

Heritage Lake residents

Re: Private roads, Jan. 7 letter.

The writer has a one-sided view and says nothing about Riverside drivers tearing through St. Lawrence and Tiburon drives in Heritage Lake in order to use the traffic light at our entrance on Little Road.

In doing so, without stopping at stop signs on Heritage Boulevard, they cut off our residents. Even their school buses come through here; we are a senior community and there are no children here! So since we must bear with you, do likewise.

Eileen Wisnieski, New Port Richey

Wal-Mart Supercenter will make bad traffic worse

I wonder what the county commissioners were thinking about when they learned of another proposed Wal-Mart Supercenter at State Road 54 and Grand Boulevard.

During rush hour, Grand Boulevard is usually bumper to bumper from 3 to 6 p.m. between SR 54 and Moog Road. The reason for that is many commuters travel on Grand Boulevard to avoid heavy traffic on U.S. 19 N.

Allowing a new Wal-Mart on the southeast corner of Grand Boulevard and SR 54 will turn Grand into a parking lot all the way back to Sunray Drive and Perrine Ranch Road. That will force more traffic back onto U.S. 19.

Robert J. Vaughan, Holiday