Today's Letters: No commercial use: It's in writing
By LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
Published May 6, 2007
Snack Shack's future up in air April 29, story
Thank you for the article concerning the saving of the Disabled American Veterans log cabin at Archibald Memorial Beach Park in Madeira Beach. I need to correct one part of your article. My grandfather, Albert B. Archibald, donated only part of that property. The other part was donated by my grandfather's friend and fellow beach pioneer David Welch. He deserves equal credit for his farsighted vision to provide a park and recreation area to rehabilitate our wounded veterans.
I would also like to emphasize the comment Maureen Cadzow made in the story. The Archibald family supports any use of the property that benefits the park visitors. We feel that the old log cabin can be renovated for use as a museum honoring veterans who have served our nation or as a museum telling the history of the beaches. It can be a meeting place for civic, fraternal and veteran groups, Scouts, etc.
There are many uses for that facility if that is what the public wants. If the facility has to be razed because of the cost to renovate or because FEMA states it must meet codes that say it must be completely renovated, there are other uses for the park that will benefit the public. It can be turned back to nature or the city can turn it into a showcase public beach that attracts visitors to the area. These are all possible.
What the Archibald family is opposed to is any use of the park for purposes that generate profit for any individual, organization or special-interest group.
That gulf-front property is extremely valuable, and many people would like to get their foot in the door to run a business there. However, we are firmly against any commercial use of that valuable waterfront property.
The Archibald and Welch warranty deeds stated, "This conveyance is made upon condition that the property hereby conveyed shall be used only as a recreation park and beach for governmental purposes incident thereto, and not be used for commercial purposes." That statement is clear. The U.S. government agreed to those terms and cannot give away rights to allow concessions/commercial ventures on the property.
Again, thank you for informing the public of the issues.
Alex M. Archibald Jr., grandson of Albert B. Archibald, San Antonio, Texas
Tripped up on blocks
My suggestion: So many people have fallen over the long cement blocks in front of cars in parking lots. All should be painted the same bright color.
Margaret Rice, St. Petersburg
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