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Today's Letters: Solving flooding is just too simple

Published May 28, 2007


Re: Community may lose golf course to high water story, May 7

The Earth was designed so that water flows from streams, creeks, rivers and lakes into the oceans. When this doesn't happen, flooding occurs. During severe rainfall, the water from Brooker Creek must flow into Lake Tarpon, then into a canal and finally into the Gulf of Mexico. Pretty simple, isn't it?

The Southwest Florida Water Management District, commonly known as Swiftmud, stopped the flow of water by installing a gate between Brooker Creek and the Gulf of Mexico. Now, during heavy rain, the water cannot flow to the gulf, but can only back up and flood low-lying areas like Tarpon Woods subdivision.

The button to open the gate and stop the flooding is controlled by someone within Swiftmud, located 60 miles away in Brooksville. Long after flooding has occurred and the homeowners have repeatedly called county officials who have, in turn, repeatedly called Swiftmud, someone will finally push the button to lower the gate and allow the floodwaters to flow to the Gulf of Mexico. Pretty simple, isn't it?

The county commissioners now claim that for the good of the people, they are going to purchase Tarpon Woods Golf Course and create a county park where they will dig large retention ponds. All this will probably kill our resident deer and turkey population. Pretty costly, isn't it?

Until that gate is opened, there will still be flooding. You would think that with today's technology, a device of some sort could be placed in Brooker Creek to monitor the water level and alert Swiftmud prior to any flooding so the gate could automatically be opened or else the button be pushed by Swiftmud. Pretty simple, isn't it?

Of course, it would be smart to remove some of the fallen trees in the creek, but that would really be too simple.

Jim Mohr, Palm Harbor

Rigsbys thank you for support

All of us in the Rigsby family would like to take this opportunity to thank First Baptist Church of Safety Harbor, the city of Safety Harbor, the Safety Harbor Fire Department, the Public Works Department and the people of Safety Harbor. Their support and kindness gave us great strength during our time of sorrow.

We are also truly grateful to all who sent flowers or cards and contributed to the library expansion fund in the name of Claude Rigsby. We would also like to thank the staff of the St. Petersburg Times. Your kind words were appreciated by all of us.

JoAnn Rigsby, Safety Harbor

Story of Dr. Pace brought memories

Your May 17 editorial, Civic duty drove three who serve as examples, meant a great deal to me personally, especially where you wrote, "All three no doubt would wish their lives to be an example of how essential it is for every person to find some way to serve their community."

Your front-page story of May 16, Dr. Sherman H. Pace, 1923-2007: Longtime area obstetrician dies at 83, also brought back special memories. Dr. Pace delivered two of my sons at Morton Plant Hospital. My big first son was born shortly after midnight on Feb. 15, 1958. Dr. Pace had left a waiting room full of patients that afternoon because I was having complications. He sped to the hospital to check on me, gave special orders, came back that night and stayed right with me. He said his wife and others were waiting for him for a party at Carlouel, but Dr. Pace would not leave us until after the successful delivery of my son. He also delivered my second son easily two years later.

I read about Dr. Pace and his son fishing and remember how much he enjoyed fishing. The story by Nova Beall also brought back special memories of all that Dr. Pace did in the community as a volunteer, listing his many awards.

Lois Cormier, Clearwater

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