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Pasco reader offers solution to un-mowed Links property

Pasco letters to the editor
Pasco County community news [TMCCARTY80 | Tara McCarty]

Re: Ordinance targets unused properties | Feb. 21 story

Here is an idea for property owners complaining about the un-mowed Links Golf Club (which closed last year).

The county could access them for keeping the area mowed. How about $16.66 for adjacent owners and $8.33 for owners not on the course?

Ron Baugh, Port Richey

Re: Pasco has plethora of clubs to keep families busy

There are multiple cultural clubs in Pasco County. Their weekends consist of getting kids out of the house and away from technology to learn about their heritage.

The Polish American Club has dinner and dancing on Sunday evenings, where authentic dinners of perogies and sausage are enjoyed to the stylings of various bands. They throw in a polka or two to get everyone on their feet.

The African American Club of West Pasco has its scholarship dinner, full of fun. They have a life class teaching kids many things that schools have given up on because they can’t fit them into the budget.

The Danish Sisterhood does a lot of work in the community. There are many others, again focusing on heritage and community — The Portuguese American Club, The Finnish American Club, The German American Club, etc.

The best part is that they are open to anyone. You can learn more in an evening with their elders or on their road trips about your own history or the history of this country then you ever would sitting in a classroom.

Their events are fun and welcoming, and they need continued patronage to survive in this county. Our elders acknowledge the need, but those working and busy fall short on attendance.

Maryellen Heckler, Holiday

Not all in government support Ridge Road extension

Unbeknownst to most, the much-publicized Ridge Road extension did not have universal support among government bodies in the region. That’s right.

On Feb. 18, at the New Port Richey City Council meeting, a committee submitted a recommendation that the city oppose the Ridge Road extension.

The Environmental Committee is an advisory board composed of city residents, and the recommendation was advanced with unanimous support of the membership. Here is an excerpt from the recommendation:

“Intrusion of mechanized transportation (cars, trucks, buses) on a continual and routine basis will expose this pristine sector of true-Florida to fossil-fuel exhausts, other chemical wastes, industrial food waste products (plastics, Styrofoam, beverage cans, bottles, packing materials and so on) and various other manufactured products persons throw from vehicles. The loss of resident animals in this wilderness preserve will be significant — and tragic. All of these elements damage not only this fragile (and once pristine) ecosystem, but also the reputation and cultural profile of surrounding communities — of which New Port Richey is the largest and most well-known city. Research reveals that references to the Ridge Road extension typically carry a New Port Richey reference source. This is not a point of pride for the city.”

Little note will be made and less public policy will be influenced by this recommendation. And it is unlikely the City Council will take it up in regular session — if at all. Nonetheless, despite the rather giddy celebration of the project and a lot of credit-taking by numerous elected officials, there is and remains opposition to the Ridge Road extension. Small though it is, and easily overlooked as it may be, the Environmental Committee of New Port Richey offers public witness of this truth.

We will never know if this opposition is shared by the majority of people in the region. There was no referendum, no ballot, no vote on the project. What we do know and may well remember is that at least one government body (albeit small and ineffectual) unanimously opposed the project and recommended opposition as public policy.

In democracies, knowledge and memory of such things are as vital as they are increasingly rare.

Dell deChant, Environmental Committee, City of New Port Richey