Editor: It is self-evident from correspondence and public meetings that a majority of citizens oppose the city’s proposed development projects in Madeira Beach.
Can it be right that a handful of currently elected officials force through a development in advance of their next election?
Does anyone recall the “planned development project” being part of the manifesto of our elected representatives? If they are replaced as a protest vote after the project is approved, that will be too late for the Madeira Beach most residents know and love.
Editor: I am writing this communiqué with great anger and disgust! Anger at both the drivers who use Donegan Road as their personal speedway and anger at the politicians who have ignored my previous attempts to have this matter either controlled or managed; and disgust at being ignored by these elected persons!
In the past, I had presented the issue, or as I had stated to the Largo City Council, “problem of speeding on Donegan Road,” and was eventually told that Largo does not have jurisdiction of Donegan Road, that it is actually under the jurisdiction of Pinellas County. So this is an open letter to both government entities.
This morning, April 4, approximately at 9:20 a.m. while returning home from an appointment I was traveling southbound on Donegan Road preparing to turn into my driveway, yes, I had my blinker on! There were at least three vehicles behind me when a light gold Chrysler sped along the left hand side passing all of us and damn near collided with me (right in front of my driveway). This vehicle was exceeding the speed limit by at least 30 mph, and the posted speed limit is only 30 mph.
Editor: I think Julie Delegal, your contributor writing the As I See It column, should have studied the excellent cartoon directly above her rant in the April 14 Beach Beacon, by Chip Bok.
While chiding Governor Scott for his “I’ve created a million jobs” response to Cara Jennings’ disrespectful diatribe, Ms. Delegal laughingly suggests that President Obama somehow has helped the national economy.
From paragraph seven, she parries with “never mind that Florida was riding the wave of general national economic recovery under President Obama.”
Re: Delegal opinion, “Rant at Starbucks raises many issues,” April 14 Editor: I’m not so sure Gov. Scott or the rest of us will benefit from a coffee klatch with Ms. Delegal.
She seems to think if we all sit down and be nice to each other, listen to and heed what she has to say, our world will be so much better. Because, you see, she is a lawyer, and she’s so much smarter than the rest of us - so, whatever the argument, her position should prevail.
I for one, Ms. Delegal, do not “pretend that government has no appropriate role to play in the economy,” because I live in the U.S.A., not Great Britain, France, Germany, etc. Our constitution was not designed as a socialist charter. Such a prospect would only quicken our nation’s demise.
Editor: One of our commissioners is upset about new developments proposed in Madeira Beach and has started a campaign of harassing our employees. This commissioner is refusing to follow the city charter, which states no board member may speak to any city employee without the city manager’s approval. Madeira Beach has been down this road before and it was ugly. Citizens dragged loyal and dedicated professionals through the mud for no reason. They were forced to leave because of the actions of a few. Residents stand up and demand that our employees be not part of whatever dissatisfaction you are feeling. Employees are off limits.
Mr. City Attorney, for over 50 years the interpretation of the city charter by numerous attorneys has been that board members shall not approach any city employee without approval of the city manager. This was the reason for a board/city manager style of government. There is to be no interference with the operations of the city by board members. You seem to be interpreting this differently. Why? I don’t know.
Editor: “Two thumbs up” to President Obama in leading the way to a long overdue “coming together” between Cuba and the United States in the realm of a common denominator at long last in which baseball is the reviving influence of these two and their opposing ideologies.
After 50 years, isolationism gave way to an historic presidential visit that was well-received by Cuban president Raul Castro in a more moderate approach compared to the rigid communistic stance of Fidel who also had a love of baseball and, oddly enough, I never heard his name mentioned during the visit which is set to open up air travel and trade besides promoting this week’s historic baseball game between the Cuban Nationals and the St. Petersburg Rays in front of some 50,000 at Havana’s picturesque stadium that far outshines Tropicana Field whose claim to infamy is having the lowest attendance record in the Major Leagues!
Such a joy to watch Barack and Raul sitting together along with Michelle and the Obamas’ teenage daughters. Hopefully, this will be an annual occasion during the spring exhibition schedule and that the Florida Marlins of Miami will be the “road” team in 2017 with two World Series in their brief existence as champs!
Editor: Dunedin has become developers’ Eden. As residents, our heads are swimming with the troubling actions of our city commission: a race for overdevelopment, concessions and incentives for developers at great cost to resident taxpayers.
In addition, the increases in property taxes and millage rates, massive zoning changes that blanket the downtown and allow building within 2 feet of the sidewalk, parking woes, inadequate and off-season traffic analyses for these projects, paid parking stations to be installed, sales of city owned property with dubious cost-benefit analyses, city commission meetings with new midnight motions for paid parking and sudden firing of our city manager with enormous resulting costs, and even a sheriff's investigation of possible violations of the Sunshine Law by two commissioners.
We have 506 housing units coming soon to downtown Dunedin. Developers and the commission have speculated that young professionals will fill most of these units - a far-reaching expectation. Their job market is most likely in Tampa or St. Petersburg, and these professionals seek apartments close to work and a more urban lifestyle. If these occupancy expectations fall short, imagine the consequences for developers, merchants and the city.
Re: “Madeira Town Center proposed” and “Construction boom continues in Clearwater Beach,” Beach Beacon, 3/24/16 Editor: Two articles described a planned development on Madeira Beach and the other regarding the continued boom on Clearwater Beach. The Madeira Beach development is supported by the Chamber of Commerce and other local businesses. Mr. Hubbard was quoted supporting this development. The Hubbard family developed a large complex at John’s Pass and a parking garage that forever changed the look of John’s Pass Village. Yes there were a few residents that supported the new Madeira Beach development plan, but it appears that this development will benefit business owners, real estate agents and developers far more than the residents who some still say that they like the “small town feel” of their city.
As far as Clearwater, well that’s way past thinking that Clearwater Beach is a little beach town. I dread when I have to drive to Clearwater Beach and at one time so loved spending time on that beach.
So to all my fellow Treasure Island residents, let us be vigilantly aware of what could happen to us if we let our guard down. Do we want horrendous traffic and buildings so tall and wide that we no longer realize we live in a beach town? Development is important and necessary - but irresponsible development is obscene and unnecessary.
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