Letters to the Editors
County shouldn't tag car enthusiasts with a restrictive ordinance
© St. Petersburg Times
published April 11, 2003
Editor: I'm writing in regard to the proposed abandoned and inoperative vehicle ordinance in hopes that the public and our commissioners see it and think before enacting yet another restrictive ordinance.
There are many car enthusiasts and clubs in this county. Some people take pleasure and pride in restoring antique cars.
Some other issues involved include the guy who just bought a used car and needs time to sell the old one. Or the couple that can't afford to fix their beloved car. They need time to save money for repairs. What they don't need is a bill for tags and insurance for a non-running car. Then there are the kids saving for insurance fixing up that first car, learning mechanics. We did it; now it's their turn, let them enjoy.
Proponents of the ordinance say that's easy, "Put it in your garage." Hey, not everyone has a garage and for those who do, space may be limited.
I'm not advocating turning anyone's residence into a junkyard. That would be wrong. I'm saying that having a single car without tags in your yard should be permissible. Everyone will not agree, of course, but Hernando County has more than 130,000 people, diverse people with varied interests and needs. Isn't it the government's duty to protect the rights of all people? We don't all play golf or garden.
The need for this ordinance is not overwhelming. But if the County Commission feels it must create one, here are some suggestions (less expensive than building a garage):
1. Require a car cover for any unlicensed vehicle. It's prettier, safer and more appealing than a tag.
2. Allow "out-of-sight" storage behind a fence or wall. If it can't bee seen, it hurts nobody.
3. Limit the number of vehicles to one or possibly two, depending on the size of the property.
4. Make an exception for antique vehicles.
Remember that Code Enforcement is already overworked. These needless ordinances cost taxpayer dollars and take away a person's right to enjoy his private property. Government needs to be fair for the masses. More restrictive codes can be found and enforced by deed restrictions in specific areas or communities for those desiring them.
Keep up the good work
Editor: Re: Derelict cars in yards may have to go, April 7 Times:
I applaud the Citizens Ordinance Advisory Team for finally doing something about cleaning up Hernando County. Derelict cars and trucks parked all over lawns in Spring Hill are unsightly and definitely bring down property values.
When my husband and I put up our first home for sale in Spring Hill, the real estate agent asked if there was another direct road to our home, because some people, on the streets adjacent to ours, had numerous old cars and trucks parked all over their lawns.
There are public garages available, at nominal monthly fees, for people to store these old cars if they want to keep them so badly.
There is sadness in the way some people keep their homes today. Where is pride of ownership anymore? I also think that when homes are rented, lawn service should be provided by the home's owner, not the renter. Some renters don't take the responsibility to care for the homes they live in. Perhaps it is the same people (renters) who park all over their lawns.
The county also should look into intrusive lighting. Some residents put up lighting in their back yards without care or concern that the light bothers their neighbors. Security lights that go on when something passes a sensor should be the only kind of light residents can erect if they are afraid of someone invading their property. But the permanent lights that some pay $6 a month for ruin the night sky and intrude into my home. If they eliminated them, they just might see the stars, which I prefer over those awful bright, glaring lights so many people have.
Why are they needed and what are they so afraid of? These same people close their blinds at night so the neighbors who live around them are the only ones who have to see these glaring lights.
Keep up the good work, Citizens Advisory Committee. Maybe, just maybe, you can get Hernando County looking beautiful again.Barbara Kocsis, Spring Hill
Vote yes for the union
Editor: What a display of hypocrisy at the BCC meeting Tuesday by County Administrator Richard Radacky and County Attorney Garth Coller, our esteemed contractual employees.
For being publicly profane to an individual, Radacky received a slap on the hand because, as Mr. Coller pointed out, Radacky has a contract and is not subject to personnel policies, like other county employees.
The picture is very clear why the county employees want their own contract. It is time the employees get some protection of their own. If it takes a contract, then go for it.
Vote YES on the union, or the hope of fairness will digress even more.
A cultural center is unnecessary
Editor: Re: Proposed Nimmagadda Cultural Center.
Mostly only his patients had heard of Dr. Nimmagadda until he passed away. Then his wife donated money in his name to the Hernando County Fine Arts Council to build a cultural center. Maybe it was, or maybe it wasn't, a good idea, but she meant well. Now this dream of hers, which started out at about $3-million and with the organizers dragging their feet, the cost is now between $7-million and $10-million. Of course, their ideas get bigger as the money is pledged, not received.
Because they don't have the money, some have suggested a half-cent sales tax added to the 61/2 cents we pay already.
I don't understand why we should build this center for a handful of people. Let them pay for it. I would rather see a hospital built on the east side of the county; after all, people in east Hernando get little enough for their taxes now. They certainly don't need a cultural center on the west side that they will never use. This also goes for northern Hernando.
The county already has Stage West Community Playhouse for performing arts. This center didn't cost the taxpayer a single red cent, and it never will. Why not use Stage West instead of building a new facility?
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