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Forget condos, Hyde Park Village calls for upscale hotels

Letters to the Editor
Published June 30, 2006

Forget condo towers; build upscale hotels in Hyde Park Village

I just wanted to add to the Hyde Park Village development issue. First of all, two more condo towers? How imaginative. Is that the only idea anyone in Florida ever has? Put up condos wherever and whenever. But think about it. You will only add another 30 to 40 people to the area.

That's not going to help Hyde Park Village. It'll just make the developer richer (maybe that's all he cares about).

A far better idea, I think, would be first to build two small/medium, upscale hotels in the Village. You will then have people from all over coming and going, using the restaurants and shops that are right there, telling other people back home how nice Tampa actually is. You will also have the people who work in those hotels adding to the scene - and economy - in the Village, which is always beneficial. Hyde Park Village is the perfect place for upscale hotels: quiet, not far from the airport, not far from downtown or the bay. Transportation from the airport would be easy. You'd put a lot more people on those sidewalks.

Second, go ahead and build more condos, along with the hotels, but do it with the aesthetics of a livable village in mind. The buildings that house Tommy Bahama and Sunglass Hut would be perfect for adding another single story. Build that story in the style of New Orleans' Pontalba Apartments (on Jackson Square) and you'll have a marvelous European feel, and they'll be very desirable.

Third, add street parking in front of the shops so that Hyde Park Village isn't just a drive-through. People like to pull right up to where they're going. Plus it'll look more vital just by all the coming and going. Now it looks vacant.

Last, don't get rid of the theater altogether. Tampa has almost nothing else to offer as an alternative to generic suburban culture. Hyde Park Village could be really special but as the plans stand now, it'll just be another boring shopping/condo area.

Kevin G. Law, Tampa

There's more than one good paranormal group

Re: Ghost Watchers explore paranormal, June 23

I'd like to thank Alexandra Zayas for her well-written article about ghost watchers.

She did a good job explaining how and why we can still connect with our loved ones who have crossed over, if we choose to acknowledge the signs they give us to let us know they are still very much alive in spirit.

But there is one thing I need to make clear that I was hoping would be stated in the article.

I'm not a member of the new group forming. I was there as a guest for the purpose of meeting people and networking, sharing ideas and experiences. I already am a member of a top-notch paranormal group known as SFGT (, and I would appreciate it if you would acknowledge this.

Claire Castillo, Wesley Chapel

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