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© St. Petersburg Times, published March 28, 2001
Re: Upham's losing battle, March 11.
At Upham Beach on the south side of Blind Pass, taxpayers have spent much more than a reasonable amount to stabilize the beach, to no avail. One resident of the Starlight Tower has suggested that we "try something else."
I agree. That something else should be the government purchasing this building from its owners at fair market value and then tearing it down and returning the area to unoccupied space that can withstand the ebb and flow of the tidal currents.
To ask that even more tax dollars be spent on other schemes to benefit these few owners is unreasonable.
-- David P. Bramhall, Seminole
Re: Trolley rider sees only white -- wrong, letter, March 7.
Apparently (judging by his letter) this man sees racism at every curve in the road. He states that he has ridden on the trolley route once. My husband drives for the Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority and does trolley runs. I have been a ride-along on these occasions and can say with honesty that there are hundreds of black riders, both workers and people out for shopping and recreation.
If they aren't riding, it's because they either choose not to or do not use these routes to travel.
So, Mr. One-Time Trolley Rider, please think before you accuse. Open your eyes and you may be able to see that you can't blame other people (whites) for something that you have wrongly perceived.
-- Deborah Merrill, St. Petersburg
Re: New rule would benefit truckers, March 11.
Why can't the mayor in Pinellas Park leave the code enforcement rules alone when it comes to big trucks in the neighborhoods? Smaller trucks and vans aren't offensive to most people, but big walk-in vans and milk/bread trucks shown in the chart beside the article are ridiculous.
It's my bet that Mayor Bill Mischler would not like to see two of these trucks that haven't been painted in years and are in disrepair parked on his street so he has to look at them every day as he drives home. Or better yet, pulled up on the front lawn of the owner's home.
There are bedroom/blue-collar communities all over Pinellas County that do not allow residents to park these commercial-type vehicles in the driveway, much less the front yard.
There are a lot of us who would appreciate it if the council would not change the current codes. Maybe the council members live in a better area of Pinellas Park. Perhaps code enforcement vehicles travel down their streets more often.
If I said it once, I've said it a thousand times: Our only hope for Pinellas Park is strict codes and diligent enforcement of them.
-- Peggy Duncan, Pinellas Park
Recently, my elderly mother attended a performance at Ruth Eckerd Hall and chose to park her car with the valet parking service.
The attendants parked her car, showed her where it was parked and gave her back her keys.
For this service, she was charged $15 in addition to the $3 parking fee, a total of $18.
At the end of the performance, it was necessary for her to retrieve her own car, crossing the street through the traffic. The reason for valet parking is so that your car is taken and delivered back to you at the end of the performance.
To be shown where the car is parked so the parking attendants can leave by intermission is totally unacceptable.
I realize that this is a concession, but since it is sanctioned by Ruth Eckerd Hall, I do believe the hall officials should look into this and be held responsible for it.
Since this happened, I have spoken to others and have found out that this was not an isolated event but a common occurrence.
-- Barbara Catalioto, South Pasadena
You know who you are, the spineless, self-serving animal abusers who let their unwanted pets "go free" at Crescent Lake in St. Petersburg.
The animal you throw away like your garbage doesn't know how to find food or shelter; someone (as in you) brought it home and fed and cared for it. Then one day a reason comes up to get rid of the pet.
Since you have never heard of the pound or Friends of Strays, you drive to the park at Crescent Lake and see the people there with their pets and for some reason decide to leave your pet with these nice people to take care of it.
We already have our own pets!
Let me tell you the reality of your actions: The animal becomes afraid of people and gets defensive -- which can be confused with aggressive -- after a few days of no food and little water. The other animals already there run it off, cutting it off completely from social contact.
After a short time, no one can touch it again. No one can hold that little gray kitten that had to be put down at the pound -- the one I had to catch, baited with food he hadn't seen in recent memory. The one I had to drive out to the pound, hearing his pleas for freedom mile after mile, handing over the cage and knowing that that's the last time someone tried to help him. And I helped by killing him -- for you.
If you are tired of your pet, deal with it in an adult and compassionate way. Throwing it out and driving away is the most disgusting, cowardly, self-centered act you could perform. Be humane to the animal that has given you its life to take care of and its love in return.
And keep it well away from Crescent Lake!
-- Delmar B. Preston, St. Petersburg
Re: "Plantation Inn" raises eyebrows, March 3.
I wish to commend Alexandra Kingzett and her partners for their efforts to rehabilitate the old Bayview Hotel building in Gulfport and urge them to reconsider the ill-advised name Plantation Inn.
While there may be different interpretations of the word "plantation" around the world, here in the United States, plantations were agricultural businesses dependent upon slave labor. Everyone knows that. The unfortunate legacy of slavery is still with us here in the United States.
As a result of that, the name "Plantation" is insulting to many freedom-loving Americans, black and white.
I hope the new owners of the old Bayview Inn will take into account the concerns of our community and choose a different name for their otherwise worthwhile venture.
-- Ellen Manning, Gulfport