Today's Letters: Couple tormented by rowdy youths

Letters to the Editor
Published January 9, 2008

My wife and I have lived in a house on a corner lot in one of the older sections of St. Petersburg for more than 16 years.

The neighborhood has had its ups and downs over the years and now is experiencing one of the "downs." There are a couple of homes around us from which I suspect drugs are being sold, but, believe it or not, that is not the problem that bothers us the most.

Our main problem is with kids, male and female, ranging from 6 to 18 or 20 hanging out on the corner in front of our house from the afternoon until as late as 10 p.m. I have counted as many as 22.

These kids are noisy; they never talk when they can yell. There have been fights. They leave their snack wrappers, dinner plates, soda bottles or cans either in the gutter or they throw them down the storm drain. They have destroyed our plants along the tree line at the street and are constantly running through my yard. I have observed couples simulating sex acts in my yard and in the street. I have also observed them urinating in the vacant lot across from my property.

This problem has been going on for five months. This kind of activity affects our property value. It is hard to understand that nothing can be done about this problem by a city that is forever bragging about its progress.

Ronald Bowers, St. Petersburg

Keep your pets safe

In the past few weeks I have been contacted several times by folks finding loose dogs. These dogs were friendly and appeared pretty well kept. But they had no tags and no microchip.

Readers, think about your pets. Make sure they are current on their shots, have proper identification, and if they aren't microchipped, consider doing that.

Keeping your pet safe is the best gift you can possibly give. So many agencies offer these services at discounted rates that the cost should not be an issue.

Your pet gives you unconditional love every day. Give your pet the gift of love. You'll feel good, and your pet will be safe.

Nancy Dively, Tarpon Springs

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