Today's Letters: Noise is part of a vibrant city life
By LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
Published April 22, 2007
Downtown bistro wins noise complaint trial April 12
A few days ago Fresco's restaurant on St. Petersburg's downtown waterfront won its battle with a neighborhood group that complained that the music played there was too loud.
I say hooray for Fresco's. People who choose to live downtown must certainly realize they aren't in Lutz, where the only sound you might hear at night is a lonely cow.
If you haven't noticed, St. Petersburg is not the sleepy, boring, quiet town it used to be. It is thriving just about every night of the week. Most people I know love living downtown and enjoy the sights and sounds of this lively, wonderful city.
So, my suggestion to the ones who are complaining: If you can't beat them, join them and come on down to Fresco's, where you will be greeted by friendly staffers, delicious food, and yes, wonderful live entertainment!
Eileen Stafford, St. Petersburg
Noise ruling infuriating
Downtown bistro wins noise complaint trial April 12
Don't get me wrong. I love live music - just not until 3 a.m. on my doorstep, during the week, when I have to get up at 6:30 in the morning to go to work!
This is another travesty of justice! I have no idea how Fresco's restaurant, which has repeatedly flouted the noise ordinance by having bands play until 3 a.m., has won in court. I used to be a live-aboard in the marina, and I am quite certain that there have been hundreds of complaints over the past three years, citations, prior court cases, noise meter evidence and public testimony from citizens in the marina, Bayfront Towers and the Cloisters (three blocks away). This seriously needs to be investigated.
Why did the government take Fresco's to court if there was no concrete evidence? Were residents from the surrounding neighborhood called as witnesses? How about the marina manager, the mayor's office and Police Department, which have been the recipients of the complaints? What good are the police and justice system if they fail to enforce the laws? I am infuriated by this decision!
Paul Apprill, St. Petersburg
Plan favors larger boats
Findings stall city marina takeover April 15
Regarding redevelopment of O'Neill's Marina, writer Aaron Sharockman states that under the city's conceptual plan, "the 108 slips currently available would be converted to about 40 slips that would accommodate larger boats."
Do the math! This concept would leave 68 small boat owners without a slip! Offshore mooring fields are impractical for small boats, and a new high-and-dry marina at Maximo Park would be prohibitively expensive.
Who drafted the conceptual plan, and who in the city and county are supporting it? The concept seems to be "take from those who can least afford it and give it to those who can most afford it." Owners of small boats throughout the city and county should take notice and act to protect their rights to equal access to boating facilities.
Emiliano Quindiagan, St. Petersburg
Festival of States
Local bands stock event
Over the years I must have missed something. I remember when the Festival of States Parade actually contained bands from states all around the United States.
While the April 13 night parade was very good and the fireworks and concert after by the Second Time Arounders was a treat, I found that only local bands were in the parade.
If it were not for the Shriners and the Gasparilla floats, it would not have been very awe inspiring. What happened?
Robert Hughes, Gulfport
Mermaid story touching
"Best day of my life" April 11, story
I started reading the article about Emily McGeorge, the delightful young woman who was "mermaid for a day," thinking it was just another nice human-interest story. It was only when I was halfway through the story that I realized that this was the same young woman whose experience in her school's production of The Little Mermaid had touched me a few weeks before (Even mermaids grow up, March 29).
By the time I finished reading, I had tears in my eyes, not only for the way this young lady expressed her joy over her experience, but also for what Weeki Wachee Springs general manager Robyn Anderson did. What a beautiful, kind, thoughtful gesture on her part, and on the part of the mermaids who participated in making Emily's day so memorable. Thank you for proving that there are good people out there.
Barbara Booker, Land O'Lakes
Events deserve support
On the evening of April 10, Ruth Eckerd Hall presented a phenomenal performance by the National Philharmonic of Russia and a featured pianist, Olga Kern. The performances were incredible. The passion that the musicians put into the music was electric. I was so thankful that I was able to go with my 14-year-old daughter who is in the instrumental program at John Hopkins Middle School. We have been to performances in New York City and locally by major orchestras. The National Philharmonic Of Russia was top of the line.
However, I was saddened that there were so many empty seats in the theater. Young and old alike missed an exceptional opportunity to experience music at the highest caliber performed by these "cultural ambassadors." I remembered as a child being afraid of Russia! Thankfully, we've come a long way. The audience responded with the greatest appreciation and ovations. The orchestra reciprocated with several stunning encores.
I hope that Ruth Eckerd continues these wonderful programs and our schools and community get behind the hall to support these fabulous shows.
Joni Long, St. Petersburg
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