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Today's Letters: Utility work on preserve is fine

Published May 27, 2007


Re: Support slips for Brooker ballfields story, May 24

Many of us who oppose the construction of ballfields in Brooker Creek Preserve do not have a problem with portions of the preserve being used for legitimate, necessary utilities infrastructure. But ballfields are not related to utilities and they are not truly necessary.

It is unfortunate that Pinellas County government did not require developers of the East Lake area to set aside acreage for recreational fields, or use impact fees from development to purchase land for recreational fields while it was still available. This lack of foresight should not be remedied by encroachments on Brooker Creek Preserve.

Over and over, the county has professed that it is preserving this "wildest place" for future generations and to protect our water supply. It is not unreasonable for citizens to insist that the county keep that promise.

I attended the County Commission's work session on May 22 and was encouraged by the efforts now being made by county staff to find other sites for the ballfields and to give due consideration to proposals for a meaningful ordinance or a charter amendment that will protect all our parks and preserves from unwise development initiatives in perpetuity.

Jan Allyn, Largo


Conservationists sent a message 

Re: Support slips for Brooker ballfields story, May 24

I was never so proud to call myself a conservationist.

I was proud to see conservationists from all over the county banding together to teach our government the value of our last wild places.

I was proud to see volunteers spending their valuable time and energy teaching their leaders the importance of natural areas to our sanity.

I was proud to see how many people really care.

I was especially proud of those who conquered their fears and spoke before the County Commission for the first time, because they realized it was now or never. Their messages were especially inspirational.

If our commissioners don't get it now, they'll never get it. And if they don't get it now, it's time for them to move on. Get it, or get out. It's that simple.

Dave Kandz, St. Petersburg Audubon conservation chair


In road closure, skip SR 590 

Re: U.S. 19 detour isn't the only way to get around editorial, May 24

I commend your editorial suggesting alternate routes during the McMullen-Booth Road closure. All seem reasonable for both northbound and southbound motorists. You wisely did not recommend State Road 590.

The map you included, however, does show SR 590 between McMullen-Booth Road and U.S. 19 as the last open road before the construction area. Motorists should not be tempted to use this small two-lane road as another choice.

The road has no traffic signals and is the main road serving three major subdivisions that have no ready access to any viable northbound or southbound roads. The junction of SR 590 and U.S. 19 has an overpass under construction and signs direct motorists to further detours.

Motorists tempted to use SR 590 may find this short road a long drive!

Michael Philbin, Clearwater

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