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Wal-Mart in Hudson could help alleviate Ridge Road traffic

© St. Petersburg Times
published February 23, 2003

Re: Proposed Hudson Wal-Mart Supercenter.

Editor: I think Wal-Mart on Ridge Road does cause a traffic delay at times. I will bet that when the new one opens in Hudson, some of the traffic problems will resolve themselves. Our neighbors from Hudson won't have to travel to New Port Richey.

I wish our neighbors to the north would think this through a little further. The Kmart in Hudson has always had an exit onto Beacon Woods Drive. Those that choose to exit Kmart by crossing U.S. 19 without the help of the light often end up in serious car accidents. Why should Wal-Mart not have the same opportunity to provide a safe exit to their customers?

Seniors living in Beacon Woods should be thrilled to have access to a 24-hour store that sells just about everything without risking their lives to cross U.S. 19.

Let's try to find the positives in this situation. It might outweigh what others consider to be a negative.
-- Angela Littlefield, New Port Richey

Store's negatives outweigh positives

Editor: I think the Pasco county commissioners should see the handwriting on the wall regarding Wal-Mart wanting to move into every area of west Pasco.

They don't seem to want to do anything about it. They haven't set up a committee to see what effect it will have on the traffic on U.S. 19. Will the Sheriff's Office handle all the calls from Wal-Mart for shoplifting. which police in Port Richey don't seem to be able to handle now?

Also, I don't think they care about the businesses in the area; most of them will wind up going out of business. There will be a lot of jobs, taxable property, and license fees that will be lost. But I guess the 500 jobs and the $250,000 in taxes they will pay seems like a lot of money, however, it doesn't consider the actual cost to the county and the people who live here.
-- Robert J. Vaughan, Holiday

Wal-Mart will create more problems

Re: Holiday Wal-Mart.

Editor: I am concerned regarding the proposed Wal-Mart site in Holiday. They want to build a Wal-Mart on U.S. 19 in Holiday 220 feet north of Gulf Trace. There is already a serious traffic issue at this site, which has grown since the addition of Key Vista.

It has taken two years for Wal-Mart and the Department of Transportation to come to an agreement about changes to the intersection at Ridge Road and U.S. 19. I find this unacceptable.

How can they put a supercenter that generates an estimated 5,000 cars per day without considering the effect to the already congested U.S. 19? Isn't this a problem they should have taken into consideration before the Wal-Mart was built?

In Holiday, access to the property is from U.S. 19 which has 207 feet of right-of-way and/or a private ingress and egress easement which intersects with Gulf Trace Boulevard.

County commissioners should stop, think and fix existing problems before adding to an already growing one.
-- Krista Dollar, Hudson

We must keep state's youth programs

Re: Cuts could eliminate youth programs, Feb. 9.

Editor: Regarding budget cuts to programs for troubled teens, it frustrates me and many other parents that depended on these programs to set our teens back on the right path. Just as Gov. Bush used these resources for his daughter to get the help why would he take them from us? Are we any different from him as parents? I don't think so!

Most of your troubled teens come from working families. Some parents work two jobs, or both parents have to work for survival. This means we pay our taxes and should have access to these programs, so our teens can become successful young adults as well as maintain their paths in society in the correct positive direction.

If it wasn't for these special teachers, administrators and counselors, the teens who are using these special programs would more than likely be offenders, delinquents and dropouts!
-- Debbie Jones, New Port Richey

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