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Largo should stick to strategic plan

Letters to the Editor
Published May 22, 2005

Re: Feuding developers unleash experts, story, May 11.

Don't dump Largo's strategic plan for a short-term gain based on fading technology.

Today, there are economical systems based on electrical energy and common table salt that eliminate the need for chlorine in swimming pools. No more trips from the store with corrosive chemicals in the trunk. No more dangerous chemicals stored in the garage. No more staying out of your pool because chlorine has just been added. No more blonds with green hair from swimming in chlorine-laden pools. Just install a salt system, and the only chemical involved is common table salt.

As these systems become more popular, the need for a dangerous chemical distribution plant will disappear and the forecast jobs along with it. Largo could get stuck with an abandoned chemical plant in the middle of a residential and retail district.

The whole purpose of a strategic plan is long-term thinking. Don't abandon our long-term vision for the current version of a buggy whip factory.

-- George Goodenough, Largo

Private meetings with consultant are a bad idea

Re: Leader takes stand on private meetings, story, May 10.

I find it interesting that some members of Largo's City Commission desire private meetings with a consultant. Considering the challenges involving some of the members of the board, one would think that they would wish to eliminate any hint of impropriety by having open meetings and discussions.

How can commissioners make an informed choice if they are unaware of the interests and ideas of their fellow members? Being able to hear what others desire gives one the opportunity to broaden one's mind and provides clarity for the reasoning behind those desires. Two commissioners cannot legally talk to each other about an issue without the press being notified and the public being invited; therefore, these meetings can and should be held as a group meeting.

I applaud Commissioner Mary Black for taking a stand on this issue. While others may ridicule her, it is about time that someone is willing to abide by the principles set forth in Florida's Sunshine Laws and in the city's charter, thereby protecting people's interests.

-- Kathy Davidson, Clearwater

Why do some Largo officials feel the need for secrecy?

Re: Leader takes stand on private meetings, story, May 10.

What possible acceptable reason could Largo Mayor Bob Jackson or any one of the city commissioners have for holding a private meeting with a consultant to discuss city business?

Commissioner Mary Black is to be commended for making an issue of this very questionable practice. It appears that the mayor and one or two of the city commissioners were using private meetings as a way of circumventing Florida's Sunshine Law. Apparently, Commissioner Andy Guyette, one of the advocates of private meetings, according to his statement to the press, has problems coming up with ideas at public meetings.

What is the need for secrecy between the mayor or a commissioner and a city-hired consultant when city business is discussed that affects all the taxpayers of Largo?

-- William Rohlfs, Largo

Building another bridge would help in emergency

Re: Clearwater Memorial Bridge: A pin drops, a span stops, story, May 11.

Back in the early '60s, there was talk about building another bridge from Clearwater Beach to Sunset Point Road on the mainland. Now, with the construction of many high buildings and the possibility of an emergency evacuation, it should be a must. With the increase of people and cars, getting off the beach would be a disaster.

-- Warren J. Lusk, Palm Harbor

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