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Letters to the Editors

Catering to developers, not residents

© St. Petersburg Times
published May 12, 2002

Editor: Like many of my neighbors, my husband and I moved to Hernando County and chose Regency Oaks for a better lifestyle. This lifestyle is now being threatened by the prospect of affordable housing being forced at our doorstep.

Development boards never advised prospective homeowners when they bought homes here that they eventually would sell to developers of affordable apartments. Also, the time for community input concerning this issue was during rezoning hearings years ago. This is outrageous. How could such pertinent information be withheld?

Seems this is another of those so-called money issues. Will this community lose federal and state funding if these apartments are not built here, and also devastate the economic structure of it? I think not.

There are many parcels of land that are available in Hernando County that these apartments could be built on with little or no impact to the lives of residents. Building these apartments next to Regency Oaks will only cause our properties to devalue and cause major traffic problems at an intersection that is continually more hazardous (Breakwater Boulevard and Service Road 5571, Exultant Drive). Residents have only one way in and one way out; heaven forbid there will be a major storm and we would have to evacuate.

And what about the information that was printed recently that criminal background checks would be done on prospective tenants? Who, exactly, will be doing this, and what will/or will not be acceptable? The word "criminal" already has me nervous. Just what kind of people will be living in these apartments?

Seems to be many unresolved issues, too numerous to mention, that need to be addressed before ground is broken anywhere. The taxpayers/voters of this community have said over and over "no" to this type of project.

Looks like our county government is more concerned about land developers than it is residents who pay taxes. Is anyone listening to our pleas? You will when election time comes.
-- Mario and Marcia Amen, Spring Hill

Farewell to a great state senator, Ginny Brown-Waite

Re: Lawmaker's legacy is refusal to conform, April 28 Times.

As usual, staff writer Dan DeWitt told the truth and did a great job writing a farewell tribute to a great lady, state Sen. Ginny Brown-Waite, R-Brooksville.

She was always there trying to right a great wrong in this state that says if you are 25 or older and lose a single parent, you can't sue a doctor or hospital for wrongful death or negligence or malpractice. I'm one of those who found out about this law the hard way when I lost my mom.

Sen. Brown-Waite's door is always open to her constituents. She and her staff are always courteous and the senator will be greatly missed. If she could run again as a senator, I'd vote for her in a heartbeat.

So long, Ginny, and God bless, from a constituent who still feels the hurt of losing a parent and not being able to bring those responsible to justice.
-- Terry J. Dayton, Spring Hill

Well done to Emergency Management Office

Editor: I recently requested assistance from the Hernando County Emergency Management Office. A technician, Mark Tobert, responded the same day.

Mr. Tobert was cleanly attired, his badge visible, had a pleasant manner and proved to be knowledgeable and efficient in solving my problem. I was so pleasantly impressed that I felt compelled to write this letter of appreciation.

We are inclined to write our commissioners when negative views are expressed. The training and management of this agency shows up positively when you produce employees of Mr. Tobert's caliber.

My compliments to Emergency Management and to the commissioners. You all get a "well done" from this voter.
-- Joseph J. Quinn, Spring Hill

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