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Letters to the Editors

Sign ordinance, fines are unfair to businesses

© St. Petersburg Times
published March 30, 2003

Re: Code enforcers warn of fines, March 20

Editor: I don't own a business or have any reason to advertise anything, however, I feel that this issue is unfair to small business owners, who need to advertise.

While politicians seem to be above this law when they advertise, store owners and small business owners must comply with strict sign ordinances, or face the sign squad and either get warnings or face a fine of $88 for each temporary sign.

I hope the sign squad will be visible and busy come next October when all those temporary signs advertising politicians will be planted everywhere. I feel it's perfectly okay to post any banners anywhere on personal property, within legal limits. It's the open public areas I'm concerned with: at every intersection, along the right of way of roads.

Will the politicians themselves pay the $88 fine assessed for each temporary sign? Or, is that simply paying a fine back to themselves?

The issue of advertising seems so out of control in general in this county. I can't believe code enforcement will aggressively pursue small business owners for small signs, while those huge, ugly and often inappropriate billboards appear every quarter-mile on our highways. They are a blight on our highways!

Is advertising a right? It is so prevalent and obnoxious these days that it seems an invasion on the rights of the general public.
-- David Pike, Odessa

County needs to move quickly to establish wildlife corridor

Editor: Thank you so much for your March 18 editorial on the wildlife corridor containing your appreciation for the recent positive steps and the immediate need for follow up with Five Mile Ranch. I also appreciated your astute observations regarding county stewardship.

I would like to further challenge the County Commission to get active immediately to resolve the obstacles in the way of completing the Pinellas/Trinity/Starkey connection. The land is disappearing fast and the Department of Transportation is moving along toward a road widening.

As far as I know, there are no plans in place for the essential underpass to make this part of the corridor work for wildlife.
-- Sue Gould, Land O'Lakes

Brown-Waite's bill shows respect to fallen military

Editor: It's not surprising that a number of letters to the editor, editorials, and newspapers commentators have recently taken an opportunity to take potshots at our freshman congresswoman, Virginia (Ginny) Brown-Waite who, as I clearly remember, many of the areas newspapers didn't support.

At times it is refreshing to read the mindless innuendos of a group of liberals that barely grasp a basic understanding of any ideas other then their own. Obviously, they don't fully grasp the concept of a congresswoman thinking outside the envelope with her bill allowing the interment of World War II veterans on American soil.

This action is greater than our current state of international relations between the United States and the French government over our current situation with Iraq. As a veteran myself, I from time to time visit the grave sites of those who served our great country of past wars. I recall someone once told me of an old saying, "That no man is dead, so long as his name is spoken."

As a member of the baby boom generation and a retired member of the military community, I'm proud of the contributions and sacrifices that my father and his generation made during the Second World War. I am very lucky to be able visit his grave in our country. I feel sad for those who have to travel to a foreign land to speak their loved ones name(s).
-- Peter Hanzel, Wesley Chapel

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