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Todays Letters: Two areas unfit for a marriage

Letters to the Editor
Published January 10, 2008


Palm Harbor bill gets sponsors in Tallahasseestory, Jan. 4

As a longtime resident of East Lake, I have seen the subject of incorporation come up many times. But never once have I seen any support for combining the Palm Harbor and East Lake areas.

These areas are totally different in character and would never benefit from being joined.

In fact, I have talked to real estate experts who feel such a combining would be devastating to property values in East Lake.

I always have envisioned an incorporated East Lake as an area that could be one of the most upscale in Florida. Any combining with Palm Harbor, on the other hand, would be extremely unwise and, I think, highly unpopular with East Lake residents.

For decades now, East Lake has been a Pinellas County cash cow, providing huge tax revenues and requiring little service. Can anyone imagine formalizing this arrangement with Palm Harbor the recipient?

I encourage all East Lake residents to call the sponsors of this legislation: Sen. Mike Fasano, (727) 848-5885, and Rep. Peter Nehr (727) 943-4880, and let them know the residents of East Lake want no part of this scheme.

Richard Marshner, East Lake

Palm Harbor bill gets sponsors in Tallahasseestory, Jan. 4

Is Nehr receiving divine guidance?

Jim Kleyman, spokesman for the Greater Palm Harbor Coalition, is either a very good friend, supporter, uninformed or all three when he says he is "really proud of the legislators, especially state Rep. Peter Nehr."

I want to remind the people of this state House district represented by Peter Nehr that he apparently decides what we need either by divine intervention or the seat of his pants. That he publicly states he wants the "voters to decide" whether Palm Harbor should be incorporated is just not forthcoming or true! This feels like a part of his bid to be re-elected down the road.

Prior to his winning a seat in the Legislature, I asked the Tarpon Springs City Commission, of which he was a member, to move forward the proposal to have the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office take over the city's flawed and expensive policing and potentially save us millions of dollars. Through the St. Petersburg Times, Mr. Nehr reported that in his campaigns, he was able to "discern" that voters didn't want to vote on the matter and that he was perfectly happy with the status quo because they watch his garage when he's on vacation, and many people told him they feel safe, so that was a dead issue.

Now, all of a sudden, Nehr is all for "voter's rights"! Funny how those hard decisions are made easier when you are not looking at the "problem" face to face, as Mr. Nehr did monthly at the Tarpon commission meetings, with the chief sitting beside him in chambers. I guess it must be that "yes, it's a great idea as long as it isn't in my back yard."

I just want to remind the voters that we have another hypocritical politician who won and is trying to build a base of support by pandering to a special interest project. Maybe Mr. Kleyman can ask Rep. Nehr what the difference is between letting the voters decide a very important issue in Palm Harbor and not an important issue in Tarpon Springs.

Robert Prescott, Tarpon Springs

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[Last modified January 9, 2008, 21:19:04]

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