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Fair arena would add value to area

Published May 9, 2003

Subject: We want the amphitheater

I know that the concerned fairgrounds neighbor people let everyone think they speak for all of us at East Lake Park. They are a very small majority.

I know a lot of people in the park are excited about the amphitheater coming to the fairgrounds. These people mail out fliers that contain a lot of propaganda in them. I bet the fair board hopes 700,000 come to each event. If they charge just $1 per person, they will have more money than they know what to do with. We need things to do closer to home so we don't have to go downtown to events.

The noise they are talking about is not going to be above what is allowed in the county laws. I am 56 years old, and I think anything that is added to our area helps the value of our property go up. It seems every time there is something new offered to our park, the same older generation tries to keep it from happening. So please listen to both sides.

-- Lanny Hollar, Tampa

Historic house should be saved

Subject: Victoria Street House

I am concerned about the future of the old house at 201 Victoria St. I for one would like to see the house stay where it is and be renovated so that everyone can enjoy a little piece of Brandon's history. Even in its sad state, it is still my favorite house in Brandon. I hope that the church will listen to the community members and leave the house where it should be to retain its historical value.

While the house was up for sale, I contacted the real estate agent (it has always been a dream of mine to return the house to its original splendor) and was told that it was going for $1.2-million because it was zoned as commercial property. How was the church able to acquire it for only $150,000? Maybe this has something to do with the fact that Ronda Storms is a member of the church and she is on the Board of County Commissioners? I don't know, but I would surely like to know how the price became so much lower for them.

I am very interested in how this will turn out.

-- Tanya Holesapple, Brandon

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