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Today's Letters: City well served by compromise

By LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
Published May 24, 2007


Re: Scaled-back plan for historic hotel wins support in Dunedin story, May 19

Welcome to the neighborhood, Mr. George Rahdert.

With every passing day, there seems to be nothing but bad news and worse news in the paper. The May 19 edition of the St. Petersburg Times held a little ray of sunshine proving that I chose the right community in which to live: Dunedin.

For the last several months I have followed the debate over the redevelopment of the historic Fenway Hotel. Despite the "No 250 Rooms" signs in the yards and the at-times contentious public meetings, it was encouraging to see that the community could have a civil, healthy debate about what is best for the neighborhood and city.

The resulting compromise should be a benefit to present and future citizens of Dunedin. I look forward to the return of this piece of history on the water and this citizen will be one of what I hope will be many people to take you up on the offer of a free ice-cream cone.

Congratulations to city officials, staff and developer George Rahdert on a job well done.

Jim McGinity, Dunedin

We can't ignore Scottish heritage

To me Dunedin will always be the place I call home. I was born and raised in this small town. I've spent 17 years appreciating Dunedin's great venues, scenery and Scottish heritage, making me proud, being Scottish myself.

But now it seems the tables have turned. This constant re-building and redesign for our city and downtown in Dunedin is ridiculous.

If Dunedin thrives on tourism, shouldn't we give them more than just another city? Shouldn't we have more than the same downtown that every other city has?

I believe if we put a more Scottish theme back into our city, that would allow more profit to be used to benefit the community.

For instance, we had a recreation center that was on Highland Avenue and was named the Stirling Recreation Center. Now it's Dr. Martin Luther King Avenue and the Martin Luther King Recreation Center.

Why?

I have absolutely nothing against Dr. King, but how many streets, schools, churches, libraries and rec centers are named after him already? I'm sure he knows he changed history and the way people view each other.

But Dunedin is the sister city to Stirling, Scotland. How does anyone have the right to change that? I don't think it's fair.

The first land deed here was recorded in 1852 by Richard L. Garrison, only seven years after Florida became a state. Although it was George L. Jones who put up a sign over his general store in 1870 that read "Jonesboro, " a petition in 1882 by two Scottish merchants, J.0. Douglas and James Somerville, officially named the post office, then the town itself, Dunedin. The town was incorporated in 1899. That information is at dunedingov.com.

Why, after a century and a half, are we changing our history and heritage? I just don't understand why we can't fix the old, instead of tearing down every tree and building. City Commission, are you awake?

Amber Rose, Dunedin

Re: Beach paradise now a hell hole letter, May 16

Only memories of town remain

Yes, Lynn Kraft, it is about greed. It sickens a part of who I am.

Clearwater was a paradise. What I try to hold close to my heart are the wonderful memories I have growing up here: riding my bike to Clearwater Beach in 9.5 minutes on Drew Street from Highland Avenue without fear; growing up with orange groves all around me and the landmarks, which I childishly believed would never change or disappear.

I will not speak much about the non-church that has stolen our downtown and continues to buy property and build with a tax-free status.

My memories of my town, Clearwater, will never be removed. However, I will remove my presence.

Renee Baler, Clearwater

Re: A waste of time, taxpayers' money letter by JoAnn Lee Frank, May 18

Rules must be strictly followed

As usual, Ms. Frank has gotten it wrong. The investigation of the Stanton saga in Largo is necessary for both sides of the battle, to make sure no rules were broken.

Former Largo City Manager Steve Stanton was a stickler for rules and fired people for just appearing to break them. The people asking for the investigation are merely following the "tolerant" and "progressive" example that will be Stanton's only legacy.

Michelle Keller, Largo