Tierra Verde digging in its heels - Oct. 22, story
Once again, and for the third time, the city of St. Petersburg is trying to annex a small portion of Tierra Verde. The business owner(s) of the properties being annexed, and not the residents, have petitioned the city to do so. The underlying rationale for this movement is for the city of St. Petersburg to be able to approve high-rise hotels and condominiums, and to promote a gambling enterprise within their city boundaries.
On their first attempt, the city was met with strong objections from homeowners and county officials alike. Mayor Rick Baker withdrew. On their second attempt, the city tried to manipulate resident objections by legally excluding potential voters who would reject such a referendum. That didn't work, either. Mayor Baker withdrew.
Well, here we go again! As covert as the City Council would hope this would be, it's out in the open! While Mayor Baker looks great in a Rays uniform during this proud moment for Tampa Bay, we hope he realizes that three strikes and you're out!
The residents of Tierra Verde in no way want to be a part of the city of St. Petersburg!
Mayor Baker: Don't you "get it"?
J.R. DeVita, Tierra Verde
Saturday Morning Market in St. Petersburg
Saturday Morning Market is bigger and better than ever! As a longtime vendor at the market, I can assure you that our mighty market is still a great place to visit every week.
Our new location has afforded many positive changes such as more room for vendors, and more important, more room for our loyal customers to move around.
We have readily accessible restrooms now and increased table and chair seating for music and food lovers. Contrary to the beliefs of some, the market is not mostly composed of crafts but has a great balance of quality produce, ready-to-serve and take-home foods and products, a wide variety of plants and flowers, and, of course, lively music to sit and enjoy.
The food vendors are all located closely together, with many tables and chairs nearby to sit and enjoy purchases. The plant vendors are gathered to provide an enjoyable spray of color and aroma on your entrance to the market, and yes, there are many fine gifted artisans.
What's more important, this market continues to promote and provide a venue to the community to come together, and a place for its vendors to make a living. A majority of vendors do not have a conventional retail operation and are dependent on selling their products only at markets such as ours.
I urge everyone to continue to support the small independent vendors who work tirelessly to provide great products and work very hard to promote a great market experience.
Change is hard, and when moving to a new space, there are challenges for all. I am confident that the market organizers are continuing to strive mightily to keep our market going and growing.
Lastly, yes, parking downtown can be a challenge, but there are many parking garages nearby, as well as on-street metered parking. You might have to pay a small parking fee, or you may have to walk a little farther, but I promise you it will be worth the effort.
Annie Sprague, St. Petersburg
Insult to injury
I have been in business in the same location in downtown St. Petersburg for more than 60 years. If our sour economy isn't bad enough, we have to contend with the vast numbers of itinerant people congregating in our entranceway, blocking the view of our window displays, throwing trash on the sidewalks, using vulgar language, drinking alcohol and panhandling as people pass by. Many of our customers have complained about this situation, and some have said they were afraid to come to this area to shop.
There certainly must be something that can be done to alleviate this problem. Hopefully, the powers-that-be will take some action soon.
J.M. Gilbert, Gilbert Jewelers Inc., St. Petersburg
Cowardly thieves - Oct. 22, letter
No party immune
This is in response to the woman who was whining about her Obama sign being taken from her yard.
This happens to both party signs, so stop your whining. How about the criminals that left racial slurs, cigarette burns and urinated on the car of a person who had a John McCain sticker on it?
Talk about pathetic!
Tim Friedman, Seminole
Cowardly thieves - Oct. 22, letter
Let signs have say
That's funny because I have been condemning the Obama/Biden followers for the loss of several of our McCain/Palin signs on the Bayway. It seems there are some people who just don't want to allow freedom of choice in this election.
Doris Christman, St. Petersburg
Which is the home team? - Oct. 21, story
Rays, not Phillies
Hey! The Rays are the home team around here, no question! Come on, the Rays have now made the Tampa Bay metro area a baseball town!
My wife and I are not real old-timers here in Clearwater - a little less than two decades - but we, too, have that much history with the Clearwater Phillies and old Jack Russell Stadium, long before Bright House Field.
But let's not be all mixed up about this. Our team's the fantastic Tampa Bay Rays!
Allan Avery, Clearwater
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