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Letters to the Editors

We shouldn't let developers ruin our state

© St. Petersburg Times
published March 16, 2003

Editor: I am a fifth-generation Florida Cracker and proud to be a Southerner. My family was one of the original homesteaders of the New Port Richey, Safety Harbor, Baillies Bluff areas. Lake Tarpon used to be named Lake Butler after my family, the Butlers.

Other relatives like the Baillies (Baileys) were one of the first families to settle the Pasco/Pinellas County area.

My grandpa and daddy tell stories -- and have since we were young -- of what it used to be like here. They talk of the plentiful wildlife, how the roads were, the citrus groves, dairies, fishing, etc. Everyone used to know everyone else's name, most were related, and your neighbor was someone to know and count on.

I know growth takes place in certain areas of all states, but why does our wildlife seemingly come second? How about the fact we rank as one of the highest in the beef and horse industries in the United States? We produce a lot of agriculture -- tomatoes, sugar cane, strawberries and citrus. It seems to have been forgotten.

How will we keep this if we allow developers to come here and buy up our groves, ranches, farms, etc. Again, I understand times change and money talks, but do we have to destroy a state and all it has to offer, just to fill someone else's pocket?

They obviously do not come from here, have no history here and don't care about this beautiful, diverse, historical place that I, and so much of my family, call home.
-- Chris Butler-Guidry, New Port Richey

Stop all the whining about new Wal-Mart

Editor: A Wal-Mart in Holiday is a great idea. What's better? Drive 6 miles on U.S. 19 or one-half mile?

Come on, people, stop whining! Holiday is an old town that needs to be brought into the present. There are plenty of younger families moving into Holiday who need a place like Wal-Mart. Also, the retirees need a closer place to shop.

I did not hear anyone complaining about Key Vista being built near Gulf Trace! Eventually, some of these strip malls will disappear, but we need some new and better stores first. Wal-Mart also will create more work, whether it's part or full time.

As far as the animal life, we have plenty of room at Anclote River Park, the fishing pier area and the nature preserve area. I think we can manage having a Wal-Mart here.
-- John Gordon, Holiday

Opening more Wal-Marts isn't such a bad idea

Editor: I don't know why Wal-Mart wants to have three stores so close to one another, but I, for one, will be glad to see one or both open. I would like to know what percentage of people from Hudson and Holiday go to the Wal-Mart on Ridge Road and U.S. 19. If the others open, it will help us to cut down on our traffic.

I am sure it wouldn't be as bad at least near Beacon Woods. It will be good to see that land used for something, and the people from Holiday don't mind coming up here to get in our traffic.
-- Robert Kern, Port Richey

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