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Mobile homeowners must unite against developers

Letters to the Editor
Published December 28, 2005

It should now be crystal clear to mobile homeowners that local politicians and developers are working hand in hand to evict them from their homes.

These residents, from across the county, must join together to target these politicians. As a group, these residents will gain the support of other individuals and groups that want the brakes put on developers before they have totally ruined Pinellas County. Unless these residents work together to vote, picket and boycott, they might as well start packing.

It's important to note that an article quoted County Commissioner Susan Latvala supporting the developers. Two pages later, a separate article discussed her unopposed candidacy and listed her campaign contributors, including a developer and a lawyer for developers. How nice.

I will provide my money and labor to support anyone who opposes her, now and in the future.

-- Carl J. Babnik, Dunedin

FAIR works to protect mobile residents

By now, I am sure you have started to see the name FAIR Floridians Against Injustice to Residents of mobile and manufactured homes in Florida get around (

I mentioned in a previous letter that we would form a statewide organization, but so far we have advanced only in Pinellas and Hillsborough counties. We will continue to persevere as the clock ticks down to election year.

This letter is to assure you that we, the people - not to be confused with they, the developers - are still breathing and still fighting for our constitutional and statutory rights as promised to us by the U.S. Constitution and our constitutional right of property, the statutory rights of mobile home ownership and many other documents that even I am somewhat overwhelmed by.

I attended and spoke at the recent Pinellas County Commission hearing on a county ordinance to have developers contribute to a fund to - now read this carefully - assist and subsidize mobile and manufactured home owners in transition from a real home to an apartment. What they are really saying is to evict, displace and uproot us from our homes and eventually find us living under some overpass, selling the St. Petersburg Times on a median of a busy highway.

The commissioners also went as far as saying, "Well, it is inevitable, there is nothing we can do to stop progress." Again, what they meant to say is, "You're out of here, lowlife."

I think that when we elect commissioners, it is for the purpose of making certain decisions on what is best for the residents of the county - decisions like, should we put a park somewhere, improve the roads, increase the gas tax for the general good of the people, do a rezoning to allow development of some acreage that is not being used, things like that.

Never did we intend for them to make life-altering decisions about peoples' lives!

No one can say it is better to overbuild Pinellas or anywhere, then come back like a jackal and attack the acreage populated by mobile and manufactured homes and condoned by the county, just so they can build more!

I am the acting association president for Anchor North Bay Mobile Home Park. Our association name is ANB Mobile Homeowners Association Inc., established in 1996.

Please take a look at or I think you will be amazed at the progress that is under way.

-- Ray Brooks, Oldsmar

Teenager gets it, yet governments don't

Re: Instead of traffic lights, focus on poverty, letter by Amber Rose, Dec. 18.

Isn't it amazing that a 16-year-old girl can see the writing on the wall, while the local governments choose to close their eyes to the more serious problems of the needy? More parks for animals and more traffic calming make no sense, when a family a few blocks away goes to bed hungry. We have always had money for nonessentials, which can be viewed by all to the glory of the planners, while the needs of the needy are neglected by saying, "Let the churches and other organizations care for the hungry and homeless." It's sad when a community cares only for what is visible and neglects the real needs.

The letter writer also stated that they tear down existing buildings to build new ones, which has never made sense to me either. When we were young and someone wanted to replace something, they used to say, "Whatever happened to make over, make do or do without?"

Maybe we should consider letting some of these intelligent young people sit in on the planning boards, just to get their input, which could actually do something for the good of all.

-- Fran Glaros, Clearwater

Why not Bright House field for concert?

Re: Mayor's objection to Next Big Thing is gutless, letter, Dec. 20.

I also am disgusted with the outcome of Clearwater Mayor Frank Hibbard's presentation to cancel the Next Big Thing concert in Coachman Park.

I would like parks and recreation director Kevin Dunbar and City Manager Bill Horne to explain to the public why they think Bright House Networks Field is too small to hold a concert. They have rock concerts in ballfields all across the country with the stage in the outfield.

Before the Bright House stadium was finished, I think the then-council teased the public into thinking that this type of profane rock concert could be held there.

-- Jan Nierengarten, Clearwater

To those allergic, perfume not so pretty

Re: Lavish splash of scents fills hall with coughing, guest column, Dec. 5.

Thank you, Neila O'Neill, for your guest column. I, too, have allergic asthma and am often besieged and overwhelmed by perfumes and other invasive smells. Even the ink from new books bothers me, and I have to let them air out before I can read them.

Because of exposure to perfumes and such, I've had to make an emergency visit to my doctor and even to the emergency room.

I hope folks will read - and heed - this article.

-- Dorothy E. Karkheck, Dunedin

Botanical gardens a holiday sight to see

I wanted to thank the staff of the Florida Botanical Gardens for its wonderful holiday light display.

I was truly amazed at the neatness and attention to every detail. You can see the pride that was taken by all who were involved in creating this beautiful display.

If you visit, please take the time to notice all of the small details. I was astonished to find that the beautiful garland over the archways was actually handmade right there by the garden's supervisor. Don't miss it - it is a true work of art.

I encourage everyone to visit the Florida Botanical Gardens this holiday season. It is free to the public, but the joy you will receive visiting it will be priceless.

-- Cathy Culp, Seminole

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