She belts out the national anthem
The Stanley Cup was in the building; the banner was raised. But the real treat at the season/home opener for the Tampa Bay Lightning was the return of Sonya Bryson-Kirksey after her long and almost fatal struggle with COVID-19. I was thrilled to see and hear her sing the national anthem. Her voice was a little different, but the expression on her face told the whole story. You could just see the emotion. Sonya, we are so glad you are healing and that you are back doing what you love. Thank you for your dedication to this team and for using your voice to bring a smile to our faces. Keep belting them out, girl. Thank you!
Lesley S. Zajac, New Tampa
Regeneron to go around
COVID therapy supply is good | Oct. 13
I’ve had queries from friends outside of Florida asking why Gov. Ron DeSantis’ initiative for easy access to Regeneron was being sabotaged by the federal government. They specifically named President Joe Biden. I’m hoping your front-page story will put an end to these phony allegations, the ones that claim Florida citizens who contract COVID-19 are somehow facing tragedy due to federal incompetence.
This spurious claim was promoted nationally by Gov. DeSantis — “Patients are going to suffer” was one of his quotes — even though it was wrong then and is wrong now. Gov. DeSantis is following the lead of former President Donald Trump as the latest in a string of politicians to decry “fake news.” The key is that they’re not really against “fake news as much as they’re against actual news that reports using facts, figures and quotes rather than the kind that’s invented out of whole cloth as per Fox News, One America News and others of that ilk.
Jon Crawfurd, Gulfport
Project doesn’t make sense
Numerous issues were either not addressed or smoothed over in this column. Foremost, traffic and safety is a major issue. The proposed project with 404 apartment units will add tremendous traffic to U.S. 19, a six-lane highway with an “F” rating by the Florida Department of Transportation. The column does not mention the need for a variance for one of the proposed U-turns, nor does it address the need for another added U-turn to an already dangerous road.
More than 80% to 85% of the 64-acre parcel is located in a FEMA coastal floodplain. The Anclote Harbor Preliminary Development Plan indicates the five apartment buildings will be constructed in the floodplain area, therefore, up to five feet of fill will be required to elevate the planned buildings out of the floodplain. Why allow development in a FEMA coastal floodplain? What impact will the contour change have on the surrounding properties and the Anclote River?
The Morgan Group’s contention is that the property needs to be developed. Many citizens disagree. If they want to build apartments, why not develop apartments on South Pinellas Avenue where the Winn Dixie Shopping Center has sat vacant for years? The location is close to schools, shopping, bus routes, and downtown. Their proposal to develop this 64-acre parcel has nothing positive except a profit for the developer.
Ramona Pletcher, Tarpon Springs
Relatives won’t visit
Florida has some explaining to do about its recent COVID record | Editorial, Sept. 30
The governor has done a great job of hiding our COVID numbers. But still everyone in the country knows how bad Florida’s COVID response has been. While members of my family have visited other places as I have, nobody has wanted to come here. My brother and sister-in-law canceled their flights for this month. The governor keeps acting like he has helped the economy. I can’t be the only one whose relatives are afraid to come here.
Ann Jamieson, St. Petersburg