© St. Petersburg Times, published October 23, 2002
I don't know when no is no anymore.
On Oct. 15, Pinellas County commissioners had in front of them a denial from their own planning council for increasing the density of land that Larry Dimmitt owns next to Lake Chautauqua. On every other issue that I have heard, the decisions were made based on the planners' suggestions.
But not for the Larry Dimmitt property. Oh, no, the city of Clearwater asked for a continuance and got it, for no other reason than "it is a common courtesy" to grant such requests.
The issue in front of the Board of County Commissioners was whether to double the land density or not, period.
It had nothing to do with whether Dimmitt sold his property and wanted to submit a site plan now after six months of city and county meetings. Now that the Dimmitt team is close to losing the land density issue, it wants to talk to the citizens and submit plans. Before that, they had nothing to do with us.
Don't worry about all the citizens who live right next to this land and are flat-out against doubling the land density there, not to mention the legal fees they will continue to incur until this issue goes back to the Pinellas Planning Council for another round. They already said no. When is no, no?
This is beginning to smell like week-old fish lying in the sun to me.
-- Don Sutton, Clearwater
Re: Buses' flashing lights pose danger on the road, letter, Oct. 14.
The flashing lights on public buses, school buses, emergency vehicles and service trucks are put there as a safety feature to increase the visibility of these vehicles to other drivers.
The epileptic driver who could be triggered into a seizure by flashing lights encountered on the road much better fits my idea of the word "dangerous."
-- I.B. Meligan, Clearwater
Re: How far will Clearwater go on city manager salary? letter, Oct. 22.
We in Clearwater are very fortunate to have Bill Horne as our city manager. He has shown himself to be extremely intelligent, dedicated, intuitive, articulate and gifted in dealing with people and issues. He deserves every bit of his salary. Clearwater is no longer a sleepy hollow.
-- John and Elizabeth France, Clearwater
Regarding the young men who were challenged to match the donations to the Clearwater Marine Aquarium from JMC Communities (Donation to aquarium comes with a challenge, story, Oct. 17).
Great example of outstanding accomplishments by our youth, especially today when we usually see so much negativity in the papers. Certainly great goals for them to accomplish something that benefits the whole community, not just one small group. Congratulations to the parents of these young men, who teach them to serve the community they live in.
I was also happy to see that Island Way Grill once more is serving the Clearwater community by sponsoring another city event. They always step up to the plate when the need is there.
Thanks again for bringing us some good news stories.
-- Fran Glaros, Clearwater