Don’t overemphasize affordable housing to the detriment of Trop redevelopment | Letters
Here’s what readers are saying in Tuesday’s letters to the editor.
St. Petersburg Mayor Ken Welch gives a speech during Enchant Christmas at Tropicana Field on Nov. 25 in St. Petersburg.
St. Petersburg Mayor Ken Welch gives a speech during Enchant Christmas at Tropicana Field on Nov. 25 in St. Petersburg. [ JEFFEREE WOO | Times ]
Published Dec. 6, 2022

Be careful with Trop plans

4 developers offer proposals for Trop | Dec. 3

St. Petersburg Mayor Kenneth Welch admirably desires to preside over a vibrant city that is also affordable. However, he needs to be careful not to suffocate the goose that laid the golden egg. The exponential increase in the number of condos downtown has not only brightened our skyline but also fattened our city’s wallet. With each condo built, the city’s budget has expanded and can pay for exceptional essential public services such as police and fire, and also recreational centers, libraries and community centers. Essentially, condo owners pay a disproportionate share of the cost for line items that benefit the entire community, especially the poor and the descendants of those displaced from the Historic Gas Plant neighborhood. This, in effect, is at least a modest redistribution of wealth and an efficient means of social justice. Welch has already nixed a project that would have included a Moffitt Cancer Center satellite and a residential tower. Now, he seems to be overemphasizing affordable housing in a way that will hamper redevelopment of the Trop site. I beseech him not to botch this.

Jay Cohen, St. Petersburg

Awaiting the statement

Trump rebuked for call to suspend Constitution over election | Dec. 5

When former President Donald Trump posted that, “A Massive Fraud of this type and magnitude allows for the termination of all rules, regulations, and articles, even those found in the Constitution,” one would think that all Americans of principle would immediately condemn that social media post. So where is Gov. Ron DeSantis’ statement on this?

Jerry Nepon-Sixt, Tampa

Building better consciences

Look out for the C-suite psychos | Column, Dec. 5

Columnist Peggy Noonan sums up her opinion piece with the words, “We need better consciences.” The ability to discern right from wrong does not come from one source. It evolves from the early experiences and influences of childhood, the lessons of religious training and selective reading, the observations of problem solving in the real world and, most important, an emotional connection to the human condition. While telling the truth and acting with integrity is a keystone of most religions, to be a moral person does not come from an edict from heaven, rather than a choice made here among the living. We can reverse this moral decline that we are witnessing today through providing a quality education for our children, laws that are fair and are administered fairly, and a social environment that is inclusive and protective. Is that so difficult?

Carol Moyle, St. Petersburg