Today's Letters: Downtown offers little to see, do

Published April 10, 2007

Re: County did all the right things in Palm Harbor editorial, March 30

Did I miss something? Being a resident of Palm Harbor for more than seven years, I still have not found anything to see or do in the so-called renovated, beautiful Palm Harbor downtown.

My family, visitors and I drove through - that taking four minutes - even parked and walked through - that taking 10 minutes. Wide pavement, tropical touches, for $2.5-million does not give me a feeling of history. The historic White Chapel and Harbor Hall are nice if you are planning weddings, meetings, etc., which we do not.

And let's not forget the so-called great restaurants there. Again, did I miss something? Maybe for the very young generation hanging out in these restaurants and then racing up and down the street, it is suitable for them, but not for us.

Don't get me wrong; we are still under senior citizen status, but for us and the senior folks, the downtown has nothing to offer. My opinion is that a downtown has amenities, such as food and clothing shopping, a pharmacy, a post office, etc., - in other words, a reason to go "downtown" other than a recital or craft show.

The shopping is still on U.S. 19, the restaurants are still in Dunedin, Clearwater, Tarpon Springs and Tampa.

Palm Harbor residents, wake up!

Maria Hoffman, Palm Harbor


Clearwater police worth keeping

I have read about the possibility of turning our Clearwater Police Department over to the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office.

Please give this some in-depth thought, the reason being that Clearwater police are a hardworking group of men and women. They love their jobs and have a commendable work ethic. They have been recognized not only locally but nationally.

A lot of this has been due to Chief Sid Klein. He is willing to help anyone he can, if possible. When he started the substation program in the city, it was one of the best things that could have happened. It put the officers in touch with the neighborhoods. Children and teens became more able to talk to them. I had to call 911 a few months ago, and they were at my house in four minutes. It is nice to see a friendly face at your door.

Mayor, city manager and commissioners, please give this some serious thought before you make a decision. I don't mean to sound harsh, but think about this when you make decisions for raises.

A lot of people volunteer their time with the city. If we lose our community policing, I expect you will lose a lot of volunteers.

The majority of the people can't afford to be in condos nor can they apply for a boat slip. Please give this serious consideration.

Margaret Jetton, Clearwater


Developers need to provide parking

We have an office on the 600 block of Mandalay Avenue on Clearwater Beach and have not been able to have any of our staff or clients park in front of our offices. All are occupied by construction workers for projects on the beach.

I believe it's about time that the city starts taking a much stronger position in working with the developers. They should be required to provide parking for all of their workers, either by bus from the mainland or paying for meter parking. These workers mostly carry their lunch, thus making certain of keeping their free space.

Stop rolling over for the developers and start standing up for your locals!

Dick Groff, Clearwater


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