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    Watered-down Jazz Holiday not worth the effort

    © St. Petersburg Times
    published October 22, 2002

    Re: If you're not thirsty, jazz event is still free, story, Oct. 15.

    While I was debating whether to attend the Clearwater Jazz Holiday this year, the article regarding the banning of drinks from home put an end to my debate, and I made up my mind; I wouldn't be going.

    I really would have liked to see the Chick Corea Elektric Band, but as far as I'm concerned, the rest of the lineup is composed of either cheesy wanna-bes or has-beens. Certainly nothing worth my time and the effort required to hope for a parking space and fight the crowds only to be told that I cannot even bring in a bottle of water.

    Personally, I think the Jazz Holiday has been in decline for several years. Its lack of profitability is not because people have been bringing in their own drinks. It's more than likely the fault of lackluster acts that have become the mainstay of the event.

    We ought to just let the event die with dignity and relish the memories of past Jazz Holidays that were fun to attend rather than continuing as it's going now.
    -- Raymond R. Roewert, Clearwater

    Jazz event's focus is on vendors, not security

    Re: If you're not thirsty, jazz event is still free, story, Oct. 15.

    I have to chuckle every year when it comes Jazz Holiday time, trying to get a jump start on figuring out the latest ban Wayne Garcia and crew can come up with. Now, whoever would have figured bottled water!

    He also wants us to believe that the City of Clearwater is the culprit. First, you take just about every free aspect of this event away from us, then you heavy handedly throw new bans out every year.

    Do you think we are stupid, Mr. Garcia? Don't you know we expected security issues considering where the country is today? But, only snacks -- "no full meals" -- and no bottled water? What does that have to do with any security issues? It doesn't! You simply are trying to hide behind what you proudly say: "This is still a free event."

    I remember prior to you, Mr. Garcia, when we had great acts and brought the food and drink we wanted, and you still made money. Have you considered getting out of the food vendor business and focusing on real headliners?
    -- James Dolan, Dunedin

    Concert's organizers hiding behind nonexistent city rule

    Re: If you're not thirsty, jazz event is still free, story, Oct. 15.

    I do not understand why the St. Petersburg Times did not verify whether it is a fact that the City of Clearwater has a rule that no bottled water is allowed in a park. That is not true! My neighbor works for the city and tells me they do not have that rule, that the Jazz Holiday people are only hiding behind the city.

    The parks usually have water fountains, but what if you don't want to drink tap water and don't want to pay the ridiculous amount that they would charge for bottled water? I am not one to ever attend a "free concert," but it sounds to me that it really isn't free after all. I think the people that are in charge of the jazz festival should be slapped on the hand for making a false statement, and the St. Petersburg Times for printing it.
    -- Lynn Lindsey, Palm Harbor

    Bunny giveaway a blemish on Dunedin's Oktoberfest

    Re: Having a stein time in Dunedin, story, Oct. 14.

    The article on the Dunedin Oktoberfest was great, until you got to the part about the free bunny giveaway. I would think that this would be illegal. I also would think that the city of Dunedin would prohibit this if it was legal.

    It is a very sad thing to think of these poor little defenseless creatures being used in such a manner. I was sorry that I had not attended the Oktoberfest, until I read about the bunny giveaway. Now I don't want to have anything to do with Dunedin.

    I am surprised that some of the animal rights groups did not protest.
    -- Nancy Guinup, Largo

    How far will Clearwater go on city manager salary?

    Re: City manager, attorney win pay increases, story, Oct. 18.

    Everyone gasped when the previous Clearwater city manager advised he could not work for the piddling sum being offered. His demands were met, and he became the highest paid city manager in the history of Clearwater.

    Well, he's gone, and so is his title as the highest paid city manager in the history of Clearwater. Is it safe to assume that the next city manager will also make history?
    -- Bob Coffey, Clearwater

    Keeping Hospice in Largo matters more than hotel

    Re: Help Hospice stay in Largo, letter, Oct. 10.

    It seems to me that being able to tell people that we have a wonderful Hospice organization in our city is much more impressive than, "We have a wonderful hotel on the corner."

    Maybe our leaders should consider the idea that that is why nothing else seems quite right. Largo has lots of places for other businesses.
    -- Jackie Klock, Largo

    Taxpayers are funding stadium; why name it for someone else?

    I think the name for the Dunedin baseball stadium is obvious. It should be called Taxpayer Stadium, because it is the taxpayers of Dunedin who got stuck with the bill.
    -- Clif Oldham, Dunedin

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