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Today's Letters: Take action for Brooker Creek

Published May 22, 2007


Re: Brooker Creek debate: Old dairy land or useful habitat? story by Theresa Blackwell, and Effort to save preserve gains political muscle, Diane Steinle column May 20

I am encouraging any citizen who is interested in retaining Pinellas County's Brooker Creek Preserve to attend the County Commission meeting to discuss the proposed creation of baseball fields and potential destruction of our natural habitats today at 2 p.m. at the Pinellas County Courthouse, 315 Court St., Clearwater, fifth floor.

What looks like a done deal to destroy this ecosystem for unnecessary ballfields should be stopped and exposed for what it is: an open door to more and more development, and the commissioners who support it should be elected out of office for being the catalysts of this systematic onslaught.

There is no room for compromise when it comes to the extinction of natural habitats. Every living thing suffers ultimately, and that includes over-consumers who have no vision or conscience.

Karen Burton, Dunedin


Careers could ride on preserve

Re: Brooker Creek debate: Old dairy land or useful habitat? story by Theresa Blackwell, and Effort to save preserve gains political muscle, Diane Steinle column May 20

Blackwell's pictorial with habitat descriptions makes you wonder if any county commissioner has ever walked this gorgeous wildlife wonderland north of Keystone Road.

If any commissioner still insists on the destruction of such precious habitat via the mechanism of slicing and dicing of the Brooker Creek Preserve map, by using the insulting land use change devised by County Administrator Steve Spratt, I believe you'll find these politicos squeezed out of office by the hammer and the anvil of the Council of Neighborhood Associations in South Pinellas and the new Council of North County Neighborhoods.

That is the majority of the voting public, commissioners. The East Lake Youth Sports Association, which wants to build ballfields in Brooker Creek Preserve, is now the "small group."

My feeling? If I were a county commissioner about to ponder making such a harmful choice on behalf of their constituents and their own careers, I'd put a sign on my desk saying, "Preserve the Preserve to preserve another chance of successfully running for any political office."

Pinellas County commissioners are next scheduled to discuss proposed changes to the Brooker Creek Preserve from 2 to 4 p.m. today in the fifth floor Commission Chambers at the Pinellas County Courthouse, 315 Court St., Clearwater.

Go tell them, "Preserve the preserve, or go home."

Lorraine Margeson, St. Petersburg


What about schools' fields?

Effort to save preserve gains political muscle Diane Steinle column, May 20

Your column is right on target. The Brooker Creek Preserve should be off-limits.

I attended a girls softball game at the Keystone fields Friday evening and saw the sign on Old Keystone Road that advertises the ballfields "expansion" location.

I lived on Tarpon Woods Boulevard during all the hard work of putting this Brooker Creek Preserve resource together in the first place. I know how difficult it was to accomplish.

I have recently written to the Pinellas commissioners asking why in the world the ballfields that the Pinellas County School District already has in place are not being considered. Surely, the insurance and upkeep by sharing the fields (baseball, soccer, softball) is a much smarter way to go.

We, the taxpayers, deserve to be listened to. Bulldozing trees makes no sense. We have a very serious water shortage situation in this area, and I don't believe people get the idea that our environment is changing partly because we are changing the topography of the area. Trees are critical in this process.

There is not enough water for those of us who already live here, but that is another major issue that everyone seems to be playing ostrich about.

Judith E. Jones, Largo


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