Today's Letters: Buying Weaver property is wrong

Published September 30, 2007

Re: Interloper barrels into Dunedin's careful patheditorial, Sept. 23

As a state representative and former mayor of Dunedin, I have been requested by many residents of Dunedin to oppose the purchase of the Weaver property.

In my letter to the St. Petersburg Times of Sept. 10, I summarized their reasons, which I agree with - i.e., excessive price, safety issues, legal problems, upgrading requirements and operating costs, problem with submerged land and current existence of very substantial parkland and recreational property, which exceeds the national standard by four times.

In the past five years, as the state representative for District 45, I have been requested by the city and many residents to intercede in many other state and local issues on their behalf, and I have done so without objection by the mayor or the St. Petersburg Times. In addition, in June, the Trust for Public Land urged me to get involved in the Weaver park project.

It is interesting that Mayor Bob Hackworth and the Times are now objecting to my involvement. Could this mean I can only get involved when I agree with their position?

I am a firm believer in the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which guarantees freedom of speech, and also our representative form of government. My objective has always been to be a good steward of state taxpayer money.

The Florida Legislature's only constitutional responsibility is to pass a state budget. Therefore, as the state representative for the people of Dunedin and the fact that this project involves state taxpayer money, I believe it is appropriate and my duty to be involved in this issue in spite of the mayor's and Times' attempts to silence the loyal opposition.

The purchase of the Weaver property is a waste of limited taxpayer money.

Tom Anderson, Dunedin

Re: $7M for four ballfields? story Sept. 26

East Lake can manage its own

The Pinellas County Commission has been promising for three years to address the recreation and library problems in East Lake.

The Sept. 25 County Commission meeting reinforces the belief that the only way East Lake residents will get the library and recreational services that they deserve is to form a Municipal Services Taxing Unit.

The MSTU will ensure that a portion of East Lake taxes will stay at home where they belong. East Lake is not the county's stepchild, but a vibrant community that can very capably manage its own recreation and library services.

Thomas C. McKone III,Tarpon Springs

Construction caused job loss

This morning I lost my job due to the construction on S Gulfview Boulevard on Clearwater Beach. My boss notified me that he was closing down the Skyline Chili beach location because the construction had destroyed his business and he could no longer afford to keep it open. The final nail in the coffin was the closing of both parking lots.

So while everybody will celebrate the opening of the new Beach Walk in late 2008, I hope our city leaders will remember that along the way you cost very good employees their jobs and, for the time being, their livelihood.

And let's not forget the business owners who have lost a lot of money and gone out of business.

Too often, the little people end up being the casualties of big development. Myself, my owner and seven other employees are today's casualties of big development.

Stefan Malatesta, Clearwater

Re: New path pleasant for the most part story, Sept. 21

Oblivious driver is nothing new

Welcome to the real world, St. Petersburg Times correspondent Terri Reeves - in particular to the streets of Clearwater.

The oblivious motorist who almost took you out on Gulf-to-Bay Boulevard, as you reported in your story about riding the new Progress Energy Trail, is frightening pedestrians and cyclists on a daily basis.

Sorry to say, I think our law enforcement is just as oblivious to this activity.

Paul Morline,Clearwater

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