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Today's Letters: No surprise; dogs were there first

Published June 15, 2007


Re: Neighbors howl over kennel story, June 12

Several years ago, my husband and I were considering building a new house and were shown one of the few remaining lots in Signature Estates in Safety Harbor.

We eventually opted not to build. One reason we decided not to consider the lot was that there was a kennel next door.

Anyone who did purchase a lot there did so with the complete knowledge of what their neighbors would be. To decide now that it's a problem is just too bad. (It is also my understanding the request for additional space is for indoor kennel space, thus minimizing noise.)

I have also boarded my dog at Sheldegren Pet Resort for many years and have seen the Engelmann family make improvements in the facility since their purchase of the business. I hope the County Commission recognizes the rights of someone who was there first.

Susan Priest, Dunedin


Lesson to pass on: Kennels are noisy 

Re: Neighbors howl over kennel, story, June 12.

My blood really boils when I read about people like the residents of Signature Estates. These folks bought very expensive homes right next to or near a dog kennel and expected to have peace and quiet? Guess you should have thought about how important that was to you before you bought the house near the kennel.

Seems like wealth doesn't equate to brains or common sense. Or, perhaps they have brains and common sense and are just extremely selfish people. (I've got mine, now you get out.)

At one time, I, too, bought a home near a dog kennel thinking that it wouldn't bother me, only to learn that after a number of years, it did.

Guess what I did?

I did not think the owners were "poor neighbors" and I did not sign a petition against them. I moved! That was the fair thing to do. The kennel had been there long before I moved in.

Leslie Robbins, Oldsmar


Folks who whine knew of kennel 

Re: Neighbors howl over kennel story, June 12

When are these whiny people going to stop complaining? The kennel was there first. The people knew this, yet they still moved in.

I find it strange people do this, just like the people who buy a house next to an airport, then complain about the noise!People, please grow up and worry about more important things going on in this world.

Jon Turney, Largo


Arbitrator made the right decision 

Re: Paramedics got better of city letter, June 10

I would like to know why writer JoAnn Lee Frank is so disgusted with the two Clearwater firefighters who got their jobs back.

I don't think they "ignored" a 911 call, I don't think their conduct was "unprofessional, " and I don't think she has the right to question their "supposedly good" records.

I'm sure the thousands of other people they have helped would disagree with her on this.

She also wrote, "I hope the city has learned its lesson and is better prepared for all legal matters in the future."

Could it be that Jones and Murray had better legal representation than the Clearwater city government?"

Are you serious?

I know it's hard to believe, but I think the federal arbitrator may have been right and the city made a bad decision.

Joe McQueen, Clearwater

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