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Today's Letters: Lawsuit over yacht club is not without irony

Published May 16, 2007


Lawsuit delays plans by Pass-a-Grille Yacht Club May 6, story

I find it ironic to discover Bruno Falkenstein is suing his neighbors for the exact same issues his ambitions forced upon his neighbors 15 years ago while he was a city commissioner and part owner of the Hurricane Restaurant.

We lived in the old schoolhouse on 10th Avenue near the Hurricane. We endured much noise and traffic during the construction of the expanded restaurant.

When the construction was finished, we had to endure the noise from the disco, the rooftop bar, cars honking horns, lewd activities in the park, beer cans/bottles being emptied in the Dumpster at 2 a.m., the loud motorcycles leaving after 2 a.m., the drunks screaming and yelling, the beer cans in our front yard, the difficulty of finding a place to park our cars, and an increase in neighborhood crime. The straw that broke the camel's back was when my daughter went to her car one morning and found a used condom on her windshield.

We moved shortly thereafter.

I'm sure the members of the Pass-a-Grille Yacht Club would not conduct themselves as many of the patrons of the Hurricane have.

Falkenstein accused the yacht club expansion of bringing in more traffic and creating commercial intrusion in a residential neighborhood. That is exactly what his restaurant expansion did to 10th Avenue.

Mr. Falkenstein, you should be ashamed of yourself. You got your business expansion. Now you want to deprive the yacht club of its opportunity.

Robert J. Errico, St. Pete Beach

Teacher is suspended for cursing May 2, story

Wrong message to kids

The case of the teacher being suspended for cursing demonstrates how far education has moved in the wrong direction.

While the teacher was wrong to curse, and clearly she realizes this, it might have been more appropriate if this were handled in private. The really big question is what happened to the kid who was acting exactly as the teacher described him?

Mocking a teacher should bring heavier repercussions than a teacher's minor slip in judgment. The teacher's error, in reaction to a student's behavior, should not draw the brunt of the criticism. While the standard argument is generally correct, that teachers as adults should rise above the situation, the real frustration is that the administration does very little to any student for acting out. Does he have to apologize publicly to his class and teacher? I don't think so.

This problem and many others like it demonstrate that teachers are not supported by the administration. If schools were at all concerned with education, instead of just collecting the maximum amount of taxpayer dollars, mollycoddling students so they will stay enrolled, this wouldn't happen.

This situation, as it was handled, gives disruptive students a free pass to act like unmitigated jerks. Moreover, it shows otherwise well-behaved students that there are few, if any, reasons for good behavior.

Ronald Byers, Largo

Complaints end cats' freedom March 28

Shame on cat complainer

I live on Pasadena Isles, and I used to think I lived in paradise. However, with the recent complaints about the neighborhood cats, I am beginning to think otherwise.

Whoever is lodging the complaints seems to have too much time on his or her hands. With all that is going on in the world today, someone feels compelled to complain about neighborhood cats. That's embarrassing!

I would like the complainer to discuss the problem of the neighborhood cats to a mother who just lost her son in Iraq and see how much sympathy the complainer receives. Also, the fact that the complainer doesn't mind having Tally-Poe taken from those two kids is just plain sad.

Although I do believe the ideal situation is to keep cats indoors, there are situations (like Dr. Steven Bryan's) where it is necessary to keep cats outdoors. And while I believe the issues Dr. Kenny Mitchell, director of Animal Control, brought up would apply in most areas, out here it is different.

Dr. Mitchell stated that keeping cats indoors protects them from cars. While I agree with that statement, traffic on the island is minimal, and I would bet a cat has never been hit by a car out here. Dr. Mitchell also stated another reason to keep cats indoors would be to protect them from contracting feline leukemia. Again, I would agree, but we are a very small community with very few outdoor cats, so the chances of a cat contracting feline leukemia from another cat is almost nonexistent.

It's a shame that the complainer didn't try to reconcile his or her issues with Dr. Bryan. It is so important with the way the world is today to just try to get along and count our blessings for the great area in which we live.

Sue Rountree, South Pasadena

Gulfport should not pursue mooring field April 29, letter

Mooring field great idea

Contrary to opinions expressed by the letter writer about Gulfport's vote to establish a mooring field, I strongly support the City Council's forward-looking decision.

In fact, the council vote is Step 1 in implementing a well-conceived Harbor Management Plan described in a 41-page document titled "Managed Mooring Facility & Special Recreational Waters Rules and Regulations." This plan is to safely maximize the potential of Gulfport's unique waterfront assets.

The key element of the plan is a managed mooring field, which, according to maritime experts who testified before the council, is the safest, most secure method of boat containment short of removing the boat from the water in the event of a major storm.

The mooring field is to be managed by Gulfport's able harbormaster as part of our acclaimed, revenue-producing city marina. I am confident that boats will be protected, rules and regulations will be properly enforced, and sanitary services will be provided as they are now at the marina.

Kudos to our City Council, City Manager Tom Brobeil and his staff for a job well begun.

Robert Newcomb, Gulfport


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