Editor: Nothing is too good for our tourist – “turtle tourist," that is. We are now spending $184,000 on 142 “turtle friendly” lights to attract more turtle tourist to Clearwater beach.
At about $1,285 per light – $985 per light and $300 for the installation – that seems like a drop in the budget bucket, but I digress. So, we’re now replacing 142 perfectly good working lights to encourage more turtles to nest on the busiest beach in Pinellas County. Really? Just how many commissioners does it take to replace one of these light bulbs? A simple modification to the existing beach walk lights would have been more cost-effective. This begs the question. Who is crazier: the person(s) that came up with this idea or those who approved it? Why the love affair with these turtle tourist and not with our own resident dolphins, the stars of our show? Gone now is the dolphin statue that had been placed next to the big turtle on pier 60, why?