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Let it rise and shine in downtown Clearwater

Letters to the Editor
Published July 22, 2005

Re: A huge draw, and a drawback, story, July 19.

I read the article about the proposed Acqua project in downtown Clearwater. I say go for it!

I honestly don't get how height makes a building unattractive, especially in a downtown. It would allow so many people to enjoy the beautiful view of Clearwater Harbor and beyond.

What I have found unattractive is the stagnation of Clearwater, urban sprawl and a seeming fear of becoming a vibrant city. With the exception of Coachman Park events (an improvement!), we often have to go to Tampa and St. Petersburg for music, movies, nightlife and other cultural activities.

Let's bring some life to downtown Clearwater! Life is a good thing!

-- Geri Doherty, Clearwater

Movie theater would be wonderful downtown

Re: A huge draw, and a drawback, story, July 19.

Every Labor Day weekend my family and I travel to Clearwater Beach and spend a long weekend in the surf and sand. It would be terrific if during periods of thunder, lightning and rain, we could take a short drive to downtown and see a movie together.

A movie theater is really needed in that part of Pinellas County. It would bring a huge draw to Clearwater, just as your headline states.

The best part of the project is that the developers' plans are not for the city-owned bluff just across the street. I sure hope the city can make this a viable project. It is the best one I have seen to date that benefits residents without giving away the downtown waterfront.

-- Elizabeth Hole, Clearwater

Dunedin commission, staff prove competence

Dunedin residents who were privileged (via cable channel Dunedin 15) to watch the City Commission's recent budget workshops should feel that they are in good hands. Probing questions by the commissioners were well directed.

Even more impressive was the high level of competence and the articulateness of city staffers representing a variety of disciplines. Their prompt responses were well conditioned as a result of previous questioning by members of the volunteer budget review subcommittee of the board of finance.

When final action on the proposed fiscal year 2005-06 budget is taken at two commission meetings in September, there is likely to be contention on the millage rate and the level of reserves required to maintain expected service to residents in future years. A 3-2 vote for approval is foreseen.

Regrettably, most residents are indifferent as long as their lifestyle is not significantly affected. We are extremely fortunate that five of our fellow residents are willing to devote their time and talent to sit on the City Commission. In the view of this longtime City Hall watcher, we are equally fortunate that city staff members are attracted to career positions required to maintain Dunedin's highly regarded quality of life.

-- F.L. Gus Cooper, Dunedin

More hearty praise for Dunedin government

These days it seems you just can't please everyone. People want to find fault with you, your ideas and even the type of pet you own.

As a business owner and resident of beautiful Dunedin, I feel our city leaders are entitled to praise and recognition.

Our mayor and the four commissioners have done and are doing a stellar job. They don't always see eye to eye on all city matters, but that's what it's all about: investigation, discussion and public input. That mix of ingredients creates our recipe for a successfully governed city.

Each commissioner has the interest of the city paramount. There are no personal agendas, no monetary gain to be made, just the advancement and betterment of the citizens.

How fortunate we are to live here. Our entire city government tries to work in harmony. I cannot underplay the role of our city staff and its directors. They carry out the direction of the mayor and commissioners.

As another election draws near, I know there will be no dirty tricks, smear campaigns or other underhanded tactics. Dunedin is far past those games. The federal government should take a lesson from us!

I'm blessed to live and work in this wonderful town.

-- Bill Coleman, Dunedin [Last modified July 22, 2005, 00:33:20]

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