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Letters to the Editors

Strip clubs need not apply


© St. Petersburg Times
published April 13, 2003

Re: Arrests of exotic dancers hold firm, April 10:

Editor: Judge Radford Smith added one more tug yanking the welcome mat out from under the adult entertainment industry in Pasco County. By upholding methods used by undercover deputies and refusing to dismiss charges against dancers, the judge joins county commissioners and law enforcement officers -- and the majority of Pasco citizens -- in letting exotic dancers and the owners of the clubs they dance in know that their behavior and businesses are offensive.

To say that no one is offended, as Tampa lawyer Luke Lirot contends, is ludicrous. Lirot does not recognize that community standards in Pasco County are higher than that. Pasco citizens are offended. Evidence of that are the crowds that attended the public hearings on the recently passed adult entertainment ordinance and the letters written to newspapers by those outraged by the presence of sexually oriented businesses in their community.

Let's hope Pasco County Judge Marc Salton gives the welcome mat another yank when a large group of dancers arrested in October appear before him on April 23.
-- Bill Clark, Hudson

Regulate adult entertainment, but don't harass businesses

Re: Arrests of exotic dancers hold firm, April 10:

Editor: If the Sheriff's Office is too shorthanded to patrol our neighborhoods and roads, why are his deputies hounding strip clubs? These are adult-only places. It's consensual behavior. We need these deputies on our roads and in our neighborhoods being visible deterrents to criminals, not busy measuring the distance between a stripper's behind and a customer's lap. Move these places to the outskirts of town away from homes, schools and shopping. The only police action needed is to ascertain the legal age and willingness of the women and the legal age of those paying for what is advertised out front, and to check the validity of the premise owner's license. This is one more form of harassing women. What about the customers paying to look or touch? These are money-making businesses. We live in a society that allows this kind of business, so regulate it -- properly, professionally and legally!
-- Michelle Marissa, New Port Richey

Election was a wake-up call forNew Port Richey council

Editor: It seems to me there was a clear message sent to the New Port Richey City Council in Tuesday's election. Had there been more new, electable candidates I do not believe any incumbents would have been re-elected. I think it's time the City Council started listening to the voters and directing their efforts to the voters' wishes.
-- Mike Cole, New Port Richey

Don't underestimate Wal-Mart store's effect on its neighbors

Re: Wal-Mart presents options to residents, April 10

Editor: Excellent article, but the reporter's notes sang a slightly different tune than some residents heard. I admit David Campbell, project engineer, spoke very well about options. He vocalized numerous times about residents having to deal with Wal-Mart's impact. According to my dictionary impact refers to "force," "shock," "crash," "wallop."

Then of course, there's concern about the crime situation. Will residents experience more crime in the area? Campbell kind of reassured that crime would more than likely be confined to Wal-Mart. That's good, I guess!

Now, when Campbell and the young lady representing Wal-Mart were asked where they live, they admitted there is no Wal-Mart adjacent to their properties.

Doesn't that tell you something?
-- Estelle Rodman, Bayonet Point

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