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    We must say no to blood money for Belcher Road

    © St. Petersburg Times
    published February 6, 2003

    Re: Ask developers of Wal-Mart to boost funding for Belcher, letter by Frank J. Muscarella Jr., Jan. 31.

    I was very upset by Frank Muscarella's letter about Wal-Mart and Belcher Road funding. He seems to care more about what Northerners say about the span of U.S. 19 between Alderman Road and Tarpon Avenue than the best thing for our community. Who cares what visitors think of this plot of land?

    I live in Palm Harbor; and, like Mr. Muscarella, I am upset by the high amount of traffic on Alderman Road during rush hour. I, too, would like to extend Belcher Road, but I don't want Wal-Mart's blood money. Do we destroy one area to better another area?

    I am concerned that a new Wal-Mart Supercenter and Lowe's could be going up in an area that has enough heavy traffic. I also am opposed to destroying more trees. We don't need another Wal-Mart Supercenter! We already have a Wal-Mart that services people in the community. People who like supercenters can just drive 10 minutes southeast and visit the supercenter on Tampa Road.

    Let's concentrate on finding the money to expand Alderman Road without the need to build another shopping center!
    -- Marilyn Satinoff, Palm Harbor

    Find a different solution to traffic predicament on U.S. 19

    Re: Ask developers of Wal-Mart to boost funding for Belcher, letter by Frank J. Muscarella Jr., Jan. 31.

    First, I would like to say that Belcher Road will run behind my home when it comes through. I do not want this to happen sooner than scheduled. This is not a real priority for the people who have lived with no road behind them to now have a four-lane highway running in their back yard.

    The developer should worry about opening the Wal-Mart on U.S. 19 sooner, and that would alleviate a lot of traffic on Alderman Road as it stands now. Should they rush to open Belcher to Klosterman Road? Then that road will be backed up. Unfortunately, because so many people live in Pinellas County, there is no way that we will ever get around a lot of cars on the side roads or U.S. 19.

    As for the northern visitors, they only have to put up with the traffic for a short time; they do not live here and should not have a say in what our area looks like. If they don't like what it looks like, then stay up north.

    If the county wants to make a big improvement on U.S. 19 north of Alderman and south of Tarpon Avenue, put a bridge over the water or find a way to build a road so we can get to East Lake Road. There is a lot of traffic that needs to either go north on U.S. 19 to get to Tarpon Avenue to then go to East Lake Road, or go south on U.S. 19 to Tampa Road to get to East Lake Road. Somehow find a way to get east to East Lake Road/McMullen Booth Road -- that would be a big improvement.

    I think Frank J. Muscarella Jr. should keep his opinion to himself unless he also has the misfortune of a road being built behind his home -- with all the noise, dirt, cracks in your pool and home, etc., that is going to bring. Unfortunately, to build a wall around our development is very expensive. Does Wal-Mart want to foot the bill for that also?

    In my opinion, the county should terminate the Belcher project for good. Let the homeowners purchase the property and find other ways that would be more beneficial to alleviate the traffic on U.S. 19.
    -- Sue Archibald, Palm Harbor

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