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Maybe landmark can thrive again, 12/17

Letters to the Editor
Published December 17, 2006


Re: Traditions of Tarpon at stake, story, Dec. 13

I read St. Petersburg Times staff writer Robin Stein's well- researched and well-written article with great interest. It brought to my mind something that is a typical example of the Tarpon tradition going downhill.

One of those traditions is the Pappas' Riverside Restaurant. How could this great, very successful restaurant, known across the United States, have closed?

Being one who misses Pappas' and was a regular diner to that previous facility, I believe I can figure out why. The new owners seemed to care little about the food selection, the food quality or their service to their visitors. They also appeared to let the physical condition of the property deteriorate, with no apparent interest in keeping it up so that it would be more attractive to their clientele as a clean and neat place to have a classic Greek meal.

All of this led to poorer support and obvious loss of patronage and then to Pappas' eventual closing.

Pappas' was a wonderful landmark for Tarpon Springs. It still can be again, bringing back many who would support Tarpon's Sponge Docks, with the resulting financial ripple effect.

Perhaps this wonderful institution can be brought back by the original Pappas family, if at all possible. It would then be refurbished to its original appearance and serve its delightful Greek foods. It then would be a major draw for many folks again, as before, to the Tarpon Sponge Docks. It could help tourism to flourish again in Tarpon Springs.

Harold Zallis, Palm Harbor

Re: Christmas parade a disappointment, letter, Dec. 13

Skip parade or help improve it

I'm convinced it's in some people's genetic DNA to find the bad and the ugly - fast to criticize and find fault and ever so slow to render a kind word.

The city of Dunedin, in less than two weeks, held its Old Fashioned Christmas, boat parade and Christmas parade. What a monumental task!

These events are family-oriented and fun-filled for both children and adults. Best yet, with more than 60,000 people attending the three events, there were no police incidents, no arrests and no disruptive people. Now that's an accomplishment!

It takes hundreds of people to plan, coordinate and implement any one of these events, much less three. My hat goes off to the city of Dunedin, the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office, the Dunedin Boat Club, the Dunedin Merchants Association, Heritage Village and the Dunedin Historical Society for putting smiles on the faces of thousands of Pinellas residents.

As for the one individual who found fault with the parade, stay home next year or get involved and help make it better!

Bill Coleman, Dunedin

Re: Pit bull attacks teen on her bike, letter, Dec. 12

Safety of humans should come first

My letter is written because I am appalled by the leniency with which dangerous dogs are treated. Not only should dogs that turn on humans be destroyed, but the owners should be penalized too, with fines or jail or both.

The bottom line is the responsibility that the owner should feel toward the general public. Safety should be the primary consideration. If that cannot be guaranteed by the owners, then those individuals should not be permitted to have a dog.

The safety of children, the elderly and others is the first priority. Let the safety of human beings come first.

Nolley T. Nance, Palm Harbor




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